Getting the Boat Summer Ready

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Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium Complex and countless other attractions make Arlington the entertainment capital of Texas! And with summer right around the corner, the residents of Arlington are more than ready to take advantage of all the activities. Surrounded by a variety of lakes, Arlington boat enthusiasts are in the perfect position to soak up the summer sun. If you stored your boat in a nearby Arlington self storage unit over winter, it’s time to take it out and prepare to get it back on the water.

Follow these tips from Storage Choice for getting your boat out of self storage and back on the water!

Perform a thorough cleaning and inspection.

Even if you properly prepare your boat for winter storage, it’s important to follow all the necessary steps before getting it back on the water. Do a thorough inspection of your boat; check to make sure screws and bolts are secure, and repair any dents or scratches. While in storage, your boat likely picked up some dust or dirt. Wash the exterior of your boat, wipe down the interior and run the vacuum. Apply wax to protect your boat’s surface from UV rays, and polish the brightwork.

Check the engine and electrical components.

We recommend you replace your spark plugs and change your oil before taking the boat for a spin on Lake Arlington. Check all your fluid levels and inspect your fuels lines for any visible damage. Damaged fuel lines can appear brittle or cracked. Wipe any corrosion from the battery and check the charge. Salty air can corrode electronics of your boat, so eliminating corrosion with a wire brush can extend the life of boat electronics. Replace any parts that no longer work.

Belts, cables and hoses – oh my!

Rubber parts – such as belts, cables and hoses – can become dry and brittle, causing it to crack. Check to ensure that belts are tight and that cables aren’t cracked or swollen. Replace any parts that look worn or damaged.

Take inventory of safety gear and necessary supplies.

If you run into problems on the water, the last thing you want is to be ill-prepared. Do a count of all your life jackets, flares, first aid kits, and a fire extinguisher. Make sure to verify the expirations dates, and toss anything that doesn’t make the cut. It’s also important to have a set of tools on board, including supplies such as sturdy rope in case you need someone to haul you into the dock. Make sure your insurance, registration and license are all up-to-date before hitting the water, too!

Summer is an exciting time to get your boat back on the water, but don’t skip important de-winterizing steps when taking your boat out of storage. To ensure the safety of everyone on board, it’s important to correctly prepare your boat. Enjoy your summer sun, and contact Storage Choice when you need boat storage in Arlington, Texas!