Many anglers think an annual service trip is all a boat needs. However, boats endure more stress and time in the elements. Some mid-season care will pay dividends later.
1. Wax your hull. Never mind what the package says, most waxes barely last six-months. A freshly waxed boat cleans up easier after use too.
2. Don’t forget to wax the trailer too. This is a great opportunity to check for wear.
3. Inspect the lights on the both the boat and trailer. If they are not L.E.D., go ahead and replace bulbs annually.
5. Check your oil and lower unit fluid. Refill as needed.
6. Check the date and fill level on your fire extinguishers. (Some manufacturers recommend that you shake them to keep the contents free.)
7. Speaking of dates, check the expiration dates of those energy bars in your ditch bag. If you do not have ditch bag, start one now.
8. Is your litter bag full? Empty it now and don’t forget to recycle.
9. Pull the prop off your trolling motor and remove any fishing line. Check the seal for damage. (The same goes for the big motor too.)
10. Check the engine fuel line and filter(s) for damage. Today’s E-10 fuel can make your life miserable. (Don’t even think of running E-85 fuel.)
11. Bonus tip- After your next trip; spray Real Magic on your bunks before your retrieve your boat. The boat will glide on easier and the carpet will last longer. Treat twice a year for best results.
An afternoon of boat maintenance will save you money and time in the end. Do you have a youngster? Invite them to help so they will learn the value of taking care of their gear too.