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Spring Start-up Check list Get On The Water
spring! Time for one of our favorite rituals—bringing the boat out of
hibernation. CANNOT WAIT to get back on the water, right?
Spring Start-Up Checklist will make getting set for peak boating season so
much easier. And even if you have year-round access to water (we’re looking
at you lucky folks who boat down south), spring is the ideal time to give
your boat a bow-to-stern go-over and set yourself up for carefree boating
all summer long.
For those of us who do winterize, however, spring commissioning requires a number of additional actions to reverse the process.
De-Winterizing Your Boat for Spring
The major systems that need de-winterizing include:
Batteries and Electrical Systems
In addition to de-winterizing systems, other spring commissioning tasks may include:
Removing a Winter Cover
Cleaning and Waxing
Painting the Bottom
Taking Care of Teak
De-Winterizing Your Boat's Engine
The exact process you follow to de-winterize any marine engine will be different depending on the type of engine, the manufacturer, and the model. The biggest differences are between outboard engines, and inboards or stern drives.
In the case of outboards, the main task is generally giving them a water supply, starting them up, and burning away the fogging oil you (hopefully!) used to ease its winter slumber. That fogging oil usually makes some smoke and the engine may not run as smoothly as usual, but don’t let this worry you. And as soon as the smoke’s cleared out, you’re ready to do the annual maintenance and inspection chores listed out in that Spring Start-up Checklist.
Inboard engines, including sterndrives, have a different winterization process, and will probably take a bit more work to prep for the season. There may be drain plugs you removed which need to be put back in, cooling systems may need to be flushed, and seacocks may need to be opened back up. This can vary quite a bit from engine model to engine model, so either make sure you have the owner’s manual handy or consider taking the boat to a pro for its spring commissioning.
Spring Commissioning for Plumbing Systems
Boats that have freshwater systems, heads with holding tanks, sinks, and showers, should have been treated with antifreeze in the fall. This means that now you’ll need to flush these hoses and lines with freshwater, until you’re absolutely sure all the antifreeze has been washed away.
Fill all the tanks up.
Open all the faucets and showers.
Let them run until you stop seeing any discoloration from the pink, non-toxic, propylene glycol antifreeze.
Then let them run for a minute or two more, just to be sure the lines are completely flushed out.
Spring Commissioning for Batteries & Electrical Systems
In most cases, the only thing you’ll need to do to get your boat’s marine battery ready for the new season is make sure it’s in place, hooked up properly, and fully charged. Many people remove the batteries from the boat and put them on a maintenance-charger over the winter, so in this case they’ll need to be put back into the boat with the leads properly connected. Even if your batteries stayed aboard, however, don’t neglect to hook up a charger before you try launching the boat—the number-one problem boaters report encountering on a spring shake-down cruise is a low or dead battery.
Additional Steps for Spring Commissioning Your Boat
You’ve gone through the Spring Start-Up Checklist and de-winterized your boat? Excellent—but there are a few other spring commissioning chores that may be in order.
First off, you’ll want to remove that winter cover.
If you used a tarp or canvass cover, wash it and then allow it to sun-dry, before folding it up and stowing it away for the season.
If you used shrink-wrap, remember that it’s recyclable. Many marinas collect it and there are also some state and/or regional services, so do a little searching to find the best way to recycle shrink wrap near you (and read our Clean Boating Guide to learn about other environmentally-friendly boating practices).
Cleaning & Waxing
Then, give your boat a good cleaning and waxing. This isn’t just a matter of making the boat look good, either. Wax helps seal the pores in the hull’s gel coat, which protects it from oxidation and makes it easier to clean later on.
Cleaning vinyls and canvass is also very important, since it helps keep mold and mildew at bay. Refer to our guide on How to Clean a Boat to get the scoop on how to best clean all the different pieces and parts of your pride and joy.
If you keep your boat in a wet slip, you may need to paint the bottom before launching it for the spring. This depends to some degree on where you do your boating and what type of bottom paint is on the boat.
Some paints need to be refreshed annually, while some others are good for multiple seasons.
Teak is another item that requires some spring care.
Even if the teak is untreated it should be cleaned with a gentle cleaner (made specifically for teak) and a soft brush.
Special Note: Never use a pressure-washer or a strong stiff-bristle brush on teak, as it can chew soft parts out of the wood and leave divots and ridges behind.
After cleaning the teak some people like to oil or varnish it, which can give the wood a beautiful look. However, be forewarned that once teak is treated it will require additional maintenance through the years. Most oils and varnishes only last for a matter of months, and require regular re-application to continue looking good.
Ready to Hit the Water?
Okay: so you’ve now completed the de-winterization and spring commissioning process. Next comes the fun part—it’s time for a shake-down cruise. This is an important “chore,” if you want to call it that, because this initial cruise will give you the chance to discover any issues that may have arisen over the winter.
Now’s the chance to find out about them so there aren’t any unexpected surprises that put a damper on the fun days of boating to come, which makes the shake-down cruise a critical part of the process of getting your boat ready for the season. Yes, let’s call it a chore, even though for the first time in months you’re about to feel the wind whipping through your hair, the sunshine and spray on your skin, and your very own boat underfoot. Somehow, we think you’ll manage to suffer through this one.
On June 5 A young life was lost, at lake of the Ozarks. No words can or will express the sorrow felt by all. A family suffers a lost, due to a boating accident. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division Troop F, The father thought the boat was in neutral, unaware that the boat was slowly backing. The mother jump in the water clearing the out board, and the child followed. A young 8 year old boy died on June 5 2021, when the child exited the rear of the water craft and was struck by the propeller. I am sure in their grief the parents are asking, these very question themselves, second guessing themselves, asking what if. As in many tragedies, it is news worthy for a period, people will demand action, or at the very least express concern. Then people will move on and this will be forgotten. But it should not. Why is it, when tragedy occurs, we say how could this happen, what can be done to prevent incidences like this. Nation wide on a average 171 accidents
ROBERTS, Wis. published by KSDK-TV — A western Wisconsin woman hopes the wounds on her back are enough to get a message across to other boaters. Tera Busker was injured by a boat propeller after falling off the bow of her pontoon. “The takeaway is never ride on the front of a pontoon. As much as it looks like a lot of fun, it’s not worth it,” Tera says. It was 4th of July. Tera and her 3-year-old niece were sitting on the pontoon’s bow, with Tera’s legs hanging over the edge. Tera’s husband slowly steered the boat through a no wake zone. “Somebody came into the no wake zone going way too fast and it actually created a pretty big wave,” Tera says. “It grabbed my feet and because I had my arm around her, it pulled both of us under the boat.” Tera’s niece was tucked in front of her and made it through the tunnel between the boat’s two floats. But Tera’s back came in contact with the boat’s propeller. Family members and people on another boat quickly came to her aid. Tera was airlifted
Lake of the Ozarks is home to many fishermen and women. Many are semi professional, and professional. but the majority are hobbyist, vacationers, with a mix that enter local tournaments such as the Big Bash Bass, Surkdyke Yamaha Go Fish Crappie and many others. Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake and other lakes in Missouri have fishing tournaments year round, day and night. Recently, myself and two friends were fishing in one of many tournaments, the weather conditions was partly cloudy, winds were starting to increase 5 -15 miles per hour. coupled with other boats in the area. our boat was being rocked. The boat it self has a wide beam and is very stable. One of my friends was up and moving back to the bow seat. At the given moment a wake broadsided the boat, and the wind picked up. He took a headed, almost fell overboard,, but was able to catch himself on the gunraill and fall in the boat. knocked the wind out of him and broke a index finger. Over all very luck