There is nothing like taking your boat out on a warm summer’s day, and it is also an excellent activity for all the family to enjoy. Whether you are looking to relax and enjoy the scenery as you float along, or you wish to do something such as snorkelling or fishing, the first thing that you need to do is ensure that your boat is seaworthy. Getting your boat ready for spring or summer is simple, and if you follow the ideas below, and you will be prepared for a summer packed full of fun for you and your family as you enjoy your boat.
Check The Mechanical & Electrical Systems
In an ideal world, you will have given your boat a service before winter to help ensure that it is all set to go when the warmer weather comes about. However, even if you have done this, you will still need to check the mechanical and electrical systems on your boat. Doing so will ensure that it is seaworthy, and it is recommended that you use the services of professional marine engineers to do this. You may even be tempted to purchase a new motor when you see what is on offer at companies such as BBMS Swanwick have outboard motors for sale. Reputable marine engineers will be able to advise you on the best engine for your boat to make sure that it is not under or overpowered.
Create An Inventory Of Your Equipment
You will also want to make sure that you have everything that you will need when you are out on the water, and some of these things may be necessities, while some of them are luxuries. You will want to check your life jackets and make sure that they are in good condition, as well as your first aid kit, emergency flares and radio. You may also like to keep things such as towels, spare clothes, fire extinguisher, food and drink on your boat in case you may need them.
Ensure Your Registration Is Up To Date
If you are going to be using your boat on inland waterways then it must be registered in the UK, so you will need to ensure that all the paperwork for your vessel is up to date. Registration usually lasts for five years, and after this time, you will need to renew it, and you can get all the information that you require on the gov.uk website. It is also worth the time and expense at ensuring your boat is adequately insured in case of an accident, or it is stolen.
Inspect Your Trailer
If you have a trailer for your boat and it is kept somewhere other than a marina or dock, you will need to give your boat trailer a once over before connecting it to your vehicle to be towed. You will want to make sure that the lights are working correctly and that the registration plate is also correct.
Now that you have checked everything on your boat and it is deemed as seaworthy, it is now time to go out and enjoy the fresh sea air with your family, or even leave them at home and enjoy the peace and quiet yourself.