Are you ready to get out on the water? Spring is just around the corner and boat owners all across North America are chomping at the bit for launch day. Before the boating season is fully upon us, it is important to take this time to visit your boat in storage and prepare it for use. Once the snow melts away and the temperatures become bearable, take a look at how well your boat fared at the boatyard.
Whether you stored it indoors or outdoors, your motor boat stands or sailboat stands should have stood up to the test. Galvanized boat stands or painted and coated stands from Brownell are designed to stand up to anything Mother Nature can throw at them. It is important to choose stands or boat poppets that are designed for use with your vessel for best results. If you used another brand and they did not do a good job of protecting your boat during the off-season, consider the Brownell Boat Stand System for next year.
Step One: Preparation & Maintenance
Take a look at your owner’s manual or go over your notes from last year’s spring preparation to make sure you don’t miss anything significant. Each vessel is different and has different systems that require attention. At the bare minimum, you should make sure that you get a professional inspection of all your engine components and mechanical systems. They will check to make sure that everything is working as it should. You should check to ensure that all fluids have been changed out of topped off, as required. The steps needed within the area of preparation and maintenance will vary, depending on the type of vessel that you own. Just as there are different types and sizes of sailboat stands and motor boat stands, there are also different requirements for different crafts.
Step Two: Safety Equipment Check
The next step is to make sure that all of your safety equipment is in excellent condition. Things can deteriorate or expire during the off-season, so it pays to take time to check it out before heading out on the water. While you’re at it, also take time to check on all of your boat poppets and keel stands to make sure that they are in good condition. Navigational lights are also necessary. Check to see that they are fully operational. Always carry replacement bulbs for all lighting on-board. It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. All safety equipment, including your radios, GPS, and fire extinguishers, need to be checked and correctly installed.
Step Three: Transportation
How will you be transporting your boat from the boatyard to the water? If you are using a trailer, it’s a good idea to take this time to check out the condition of your trailer. The tires should be checked, not just for air pressure, but also for signs of wear and tear. Take a look at every part of your trailer, including safety chains, lights, and signals. If you use trailer pads and other components, make sure to check Brownell for top quality options that you can use instead. We don’t just make and sell sailboat stands, keel support, and other galvanized boat stands; we have a wide range of other boating products that you can use to protect and care for your vessel.
Step Four: The Must-Have List
Whether you are making a long journey or staying close to home, make sure that you pack everything that you need for a safe and enjoyable trip. During the off-season, make sure that you have enough flotation devices and life vests for every member of your family and that you have extras for guests. Every person on your boat should have a personal flotation device. They should wear it or at least have it handy. Many lives have been lost that could have been saved if the individuals would have had a personal flotation device available.
Visit the Brownell Website
Whatever you need to safeguard your boat when it is out of the water, you can find it at Brownell Boat Stands. We are the top brand for motor boat stands, sailboat stands, and other galvanized boat stands and supports. Our TLC pads will help to protect your boat and keep it safe from damage while out of the water. Give us a call at 508-758-3671 to find an authorized dealer near you or visit our website at www.boatstands.com to use our online Boat Stand Selector. Choose products based on the make, model, and size of your vessel for best results.