Posted on June 13, 2019
For boaters who can’t get out on the water year-round, preparing for boating season can be a big undertaking. There’s a lot to think about and do before summer arrives to make sure that boating season goes smoothly and safely and that the focus is on having fun. ShoreMaster, LLC, is headquartered in Minnesota, and they have a list of great, timely tips for boat season preparation.
One of the most important steps of boat ownership is to make sure that your boat is registered in the state of primary use. Boat registration will help keep boating safe and fun for everyone on the water. The fee goes to protect your state’s waters, and the registration can help prove that you’re the rightful owner of your boat. Check with your local guidelines about what you’ll need to do and have, as the requirements and regulations vary between states. Depending on what type of boat you have, your registration number and validation sticker might need to be displayed.
There are a lot of items that you should inspect and address on your boat before you take it out on the water. As part of your spring boating season preparation, keep this list handy to ensure that your boat runs smoothly.
Spring is a great time to set up your dock before boating season begins. It’s a good idea to err on the side of easy assembly: tearing a dock down in the fall, storing it in the winter, and setting it up in the spring can be a lot of work, but a high-quality sectional or wheel-in dock can make the process easier. If your dock is made of lightweight material like aluminum and features removable decking and a system that’s easy to put together by hand, all the better.
When you’re setting up your dock, make sure that you’re mindful of the water level. Springtime weather means rain and melted snow that can affect the depth of your waterfront. A dock system with an adjustable height can help ensure that the tallest waves don’t hit your dock frame in the water.
Learn about what to do in an emergency before it happens. Go through a safety checklist like this one to make sure you’re prepared, and read the owner’s manual of your boat for more specific instructions on your watercraft. Check for these things before you set out for boating season:
With all of that set, you’re ready to enjoy your boating season!