The goal of boat ownership is to have your vessel out on the water as much as possible during the season. Depending on where you live, that season can vary in the start and stop times or, if you are lucky to live in a fair weather region, such as San Diego or Fort Lauderdale, you may never have to come in from out of the water. In order to meet such a goal, boat owners need to do any and all work on their boats during the off-season. That means storing their boat at a yard that will allow them to perform services and repairs, as needed.
Protect your vessel out of the water by using Brownell foldable sailboat stands or any of our other high quality, independently certified boat stands. All of our stands are made using American tubular steel construction and you can choose a boat stand based on your specific needs through our website. Brownell has built a solid reputation in the marine industry for providing top quality products that, when used correctly according to recommendations, will provide all of the support and protection you need when your vessel is out of the water.
Spring Spruce Up!
Hopefully you did all of your winterizing tasks in the fall, as that will make getting your vessel ready to launch a lot easier in the spring. As soon as the weather clears, you can bring your boat out of the winter storage and start prepping everything for use. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of making plans to get your boat out on the water. Whether you enjoy fishing or sailing to new places, there’s a lot to look forward to each spring when you own your own boat.
Some of the tasks will need to be completed whether you cleaned, prepped, and winterized your boat prior to fall and winter storage. Cleaning tasks should be done regularly to protect your vessel both in and out of the water. Here are some basics to help get you started:
- use a special boat cleaner to clean the bottom and the sides; even if you had a cover on your boat, a build-up of dirt and dust can accumulate while in storage
- choose a boat stand system that is designed for your type of vessel; you might use one type of independently certified boat stands while in storage and special foldable sailboat stands while you perform cleaning and preparation tasks
- check the battery and make sure it’s fully charged; when you install it, check to see that the connections themselves are all clean and that they are put back on tight
- inspect the gearcase of the motor to ensure that it is properly lubricated; in fact, any areas that require lubrication should be checked to ensure that nothing has changed due to conditions over the winter
- perform a test on the motor to make sure that it starts and pumps water as it should; you can do this by using a flushet water-pumping system tool or by testing it in a body of water, such as a lake or pond – you should never start the motor out of the water
- check out the steering wheel to make sure that it hasn’t gotten stiff or seized up during storage
- take a look at the gas tank; if you didn’t drain out the old gasoline or mix in a fuel conditioner prior to storage, drain it now; avoid mixing old gasoline with new, as it can make the motor start harder and can cause damage
- inspect the electrical components for things like the horn, radio, lights, pumps, depth finders and electrical motors; even up on boat stands made from American tubular steel construction, some storage facilities have issues with rodents chewing on wires
Whether your vessel is in or out of the water, having an attitude of safety first is important. You work hard to protect your boat, choose a boat stand system that is right for the size and type of vessel that you own, and only use top quality independently certified boat stands for storage. It is just as important to check over all of your safety equipment and choose only the best in life jackets, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and other life-saving tools. Make sure your kits are replenished and check the inspection date on extinguishers, flares, and other safety equipment to ensure that everything is good for the whole season.
Also check your boat licenses, trailer license, lights on the trailer, tires on the trailer, and anything else that might hinder getting your boat out on the water as soon as possible when the weather turns in your favor. The work that needs to be done to prep your boat, whether you own a sailboat or motorboat, really isn’t all that difficult. It is just important to check over every system, make sure everything is properly connected, and then ensure that all of your safety gear is in place should something go wrong. You don’t want to get out on the water just to find out that you missed something important. Create a checklist of to-do items for yourself each year, one for the fall when you put your boat in storage and another for the spring when you get it back out again.
Trust Brownell Boat Stands
For over 50 years, the Brownell Boat Stand System has set the pace for the marine industry with our independently certified boat stands made from American tubular steel construction. We have a wide range of stands, including motorboat stands, foldable sailboat stands, stackable boat stands, and much more. Visit our website to choose a boat stand or give us a call at 508-758-3671 to find an authorized dealer near you.