To fully prepare for fishing season you’ve got to dewinterize your boat.¬† Here’s how to dewinterize a boat engine with 5 key points to cover.¬† There are other regular boat maintenance tasks like working on your hull or your trailer that should be addressed, too.¬† When it’s all done you will enjoy the sound of listening to your engine sing.
1.¬† Where did you leave off last season?¬† If your boat maintenance last fall was thorough then you don’t need to do much to prepare for the fishing season.¬† Check all fluids such as oil and coolant and top off as needed.¬† Shift your focus elsewhere.
2.¬† Battery.¬† All batteries need to be charged, so pull out your trickle charger and put some juice back into your battery.¬† Install when you’re done.
3.¬† Fresh gas.¬† Your gas tank is likely half-full with stabilized gas, so head to the pump and top it off with fresh gas.¬† You’ll burn through the old gas on your shakedown cruise and first few trips.
4.¬† Cables and hoses.¬† Rubber breaks down in heat, sunlight and cold temperatures.¬† Check cable tightness and integrity.¬† Other rubber parts that need to be inspected are fuel and coolant hoses.¬† They’re part of inseason boat maintenance, but after the thaw a thorough review is important, too.¬† Rubber breaks down in cold weather, so look for cranks and replace where necessary.¬†
5.¬† Check the distributor cap, for the winter moisture causes metal parts to corrode.¬† Remove, clean and replace if necessary.¬† Tighten loose spark plugs, too.
Perform other regular tasks at the same time.¬† Be sure your boat registration is current, that your safety gear and life preservers are stowed, that your trailer lights are operational and your hubs are packed with grease.¬†