Spring Boating Tips

Spring Boating Tips

5 TIPS TO REMEMBER AT THE START OF THIS BOATING SEASON

springtips-1 Have your boat spring commissioned
Spring commissioning is when your batteries are re-connected; the engine is run on a hose up to normal operating temperature to verify sufficient water volume flow and to flush the antifreeze out of your engine. An inspection is completed to ensure there are no leaks or abnormal conditions. We also check the lights, gauges and horn to make sure they are functioning properly.
springtips-2 Get ahead of routine boat maintenance pre-season
Your impeller (pumps raw water into your engine to keep it cool) should be replaced every 2 to 3 years or every 100 hours, depending on how much you use your boat. If your boat has bellows we inspect them every year. You will need to have your bellows replaced at least every 5 years or sooner if they show signs of wear. You can expect to replace your battery(s) after three years of service.
springtips-3 Change your oil
If Candlewood East Marina winterized your boat last year, then your engine oil, gear oil and associated filters were changed at that time. If not, be sure to schedule this service before your boat goes in the water.
springtips-4 Prep your freshwater system accordingly
If your boat is equipped with a fresh water system (e.g., a sink or shower) and you enjoy this feature, then by all means use it. However, please remember to: flush the water, clean the tank and add stabilizer at least three times a year. If you don't, or if you barely use your fresh water system, then it is best to leave the antifreeze in it and not use it at all. Over time unused water will become stagnant and begin to smell, making it unusable unless treated. Please make sure to notify our Service Department if you do not want this service performed by initialing the appropriate box on the Spring Service Form as we will routinely flush the tank during spring service unless requested not to do so.
springtips-5 Have your boat cleaned for a fresh start to your boating season
If requested, Candlewood East Marina cleaned the bottom of your boat (waterline and below) in the fall. If indicated on your Spring Service Form, we will clean from the waterline up to the rub rail in the spring time. This way your boat will be clean and fresh for your first day of use. We also offer more detailing services if requested. Contact us to learn more.