Larry's Fishing Hole

GETTING BOAT READY FOR THE SEASON


  Some necessary preparation is needed for your boat to operate safely and efficiently this year. It is not difficult, but you may need help or need to take to boat shop that might even save money in the long run.
  Since your boat has sit idle all winter, moisture has collected causing some parts to rust, that may have been hard on wiring, ropes and that old fuel may have gone bad in the motor if not stabilized properly.
  You may be able to do many of these things to keep costs down but taking the boat to a marine dealer is a good option to have all or any of these things taken care of.
  1st make sure the engine is properly tuned for best performance and extended life that will make up for the cost of regular check up with the dealer. Also using the right grade of fuel will prevent fouled plugs and decrease performance not to mention using more fuel. And while talking about fuel, we try hard to only use non-Ethanol fuel but highly recommend a fuel filter that will collect the moisture from Ethanol fuels.
  The next item is to check the steering system for free movement and examine the steering cables of wear, rust, kinks and bends.
  In checking the electrical system, it is important to make sure the battery is charged. Replace the battery if it fails to hold a charge. Next inspect all the wires of the electrical system for proper insulation and secure connections. Look over the trailer wiring for loose connections. Clean and lubricate the bulb sockets.
  Next fully check over the hull for any apparent damage or deterioration inside and out. Make any repairs to hull damage right away. This is particularly important if the hull contains wood. A clean hull will move through the water easier reducing fuel consumption as well as it will handle better.
  While on performance, check the propeller over. If the boat is slow getting out of the hole (up on plan) or lacks top end speed, the prop might have damage or could even be the wrong one for your boat. The prop diameter and the angle of the blades (called pitch) can make a big difference in speed and fuel economy. Consult with your dealer for the right prop for your engine and its use.
  Each and every state has laws that require certain emergency tools. Check local regulations and make sure you are in compliance. Check, clean and properly store Personal Floatation Devices for easy access and remember, there must be one for each passenger in the boat. The fire extinguisher should be checked to make sure it is properly charged and in working order. Navigation lights and signal devices should be in working order and properly installed or stored on the boat.
  A little time and a few dollars spent before putting your boat in the water can avoid frustration on the water and more importantly, it can prevent injury or death.
To finish up, it is a good idea to check the wheel bearings of the boat trailer for rust and wear and maybe repack them with new grease. Check the trailer tires and put air in if needed. Also, check the light sockets, clean and lubricate if necessary. And finally, check and clean all electrical connections.
Taking some time to begin a fishing season with these maintenance tasks will assure your boat will provide you with many hours of trouble free fishing this year.
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  Till Next Time, GOD BLESS & GOOD FISHING.!