It’s an exciting time of year! The snow is finally starting to melt and we’ll be out on the water in a few short weeks. But, you have a little work to do before you can hitch up that trailer.
Legend Boats offers all anglers and boaters a basic Spring Startup service including removal/disposal of shrink wrap, reinstallation of battery(s), electrical systems test, engine startup, shift testing, trolling motor testing, and basic exterior wash.
But, for the DIYer that wants to tend to everything from A to Z, you’ll want to consult this to-do list.
Inspect & Test:
The first step in your spring startup process is a visual inspection to identify any major issues. Once your boat passes the first round take a closer look at each component for wear and tear, and physically test as much as you can so that you can be sure they won't let you down while you're out on the water.
- Dock and anchor lines.
- Hull condition for dents, dings, abrasions, etc..
- Electrical system including fuses
- Charts and maps (both physical and digital)
- Bailers and hand pumps
- Navigation lights
- Fire extinguishers
- PFDs - lifejackets and life rings
- Sounds signalling device.
- Swim platform and ladders
- Rub rails
- Bilge Pump
- Replace spark plugs
- Check plug wires for wear
- Check prop for nicks and bends
- Change/fill gear lube
- Inspect fuel lines, primer bulb and tank for leaks
- Lubricate and spray moveable parts
- Inspect rubber outdrive bellows for cracked, dried and/or deteriorated spots (look especially in the folds), and replace if suspect
- Check power steering and power trim oil levels. Replace worn-out zincs.
- Inspect outer jacket of control cables. Cracks or swelling indicate corrosion and mean that the cable has to be replaced.
- Check for current registration
- Check rollers and pads
- Check and lubricate wheel bearings
- Clean and lubricate winch
- Lubricate tongue jack and wheel
- Test lights and electrical connections
- Check tire pressure and condition (remember the spare!)
- Check brakes (if equipped)
- Check safety chains
- Check tongue lock
- Inspect frame for rust and sand/paint as required
There are plenty of items that you want to - or have to - bring along with you in the boat. Before you make this seasons maiden voyage, make sure that all of your paperwork is up to date and all of the tools you rely on are in good working order.
- Insurance Card. Double check the terms and coverage.
- Registration. Make sure it is current
- Spare parts and tools
- Full tank of gas (it’s also wise to bring a backup)
- Backup Battery. Make sure that batteries are fully charged.
- First Aid supplies.
Cleaning the winter off of your boat is a no-brainer, but what some of us don't realize is that each component of your boat requires different types of cleaners. Double check your labels to make sure that you're not causing your surfaces to fade, crack or dry.
- Bimini and canvas tops
At first glance, this all seems like a lot of work. But you’ll find that you can get the majority of this done inside of a single weekend. Get through everything and not only will you maximize your joy during the May 24 opening weekend, but you’ll also be extending the health and life of your boat.
If you're not a proud Legend Boat owner just yet, now's the time to act. Hitting our showroom to find the boat of your dreams is the first step, but there's a lot of work
Yours In Boating,