Hello sailors. Are you ready for summer?
You should be, knowing all the things you can do with your very own boat. Many people often sit around wondering how to while away their hot or humid summer days with little to no idea how to do so. But sailing and boating of all kinds certainly helps to beat both boredom and the heat!
However, if you wish to keep or maintain your own boat, there are certainly some things you should know beforehand. Nothing too immensely difficult, mind you. But if you keep in mind that all rewards come with good care and responsibility you can find yourself having a good, refreshing and overall satisfying boating experience this summer!
- Obviously your primary need is ensuring that your boat is obviously in workable condition. It certainly would not do to get out in the middle of the water only to find you paddling back to shore! First, you must ensure that it has an up to date fuel system, and is equipped with all the relevant belts cables and hoses.
- Then you should ensure that all its electrical systems (should it be the type of boat that requires any) are functioning properly. (I suppose if your radio is broken that is alright. In context this of course refers to those which are necessary for the boat’s functioning.) Beyond that, and ensuring all hardware (such as propellers) is functioning properly and well oiled, your only remaining thing is to ensure it is properly full of gas, or any other fluid it requires to function.
- It is also important to make sure you know what you are doing with your boat year-round. This could hypothetically if you are enthusiastic and want to protect it mean periodic maintenance at any time, but what it mainly refers to is ensuring you have a place to keep it where it will be free from damage.
- Obviously a place many opt to keep it is in their own driveway. To do so of course would require a device with which to transport it back and forth between areas. These can be hitched to cars, and are relatively easy to use, but you must always ensure that the one you purchase is large enough that it fits your entire boat upon it.
- However, that is not your only concern with storing it on your driveway. Many counties have ordinances against doing so, or about how it can be done, so before gearing up you had best be sure you are even allowed to do so!
- You can also store your boat at marina storage. Though this option might be a bit expensive for some, so it would be best to ensure you are willing to pay what is required to keep it there. Note of course there is the option to store your boat both on the water, and in a storage facility nearby. If you choose the second you will still be needed to have a transport, but it will be a bit cheaper; saving you money in the long run. It is also important to check the security differences of various storage methods. Since though boats are not often stolen, as being something of limited use one may not wish to risk getting caught so easily; it is still not best to be the one it may happen to!
- One last thing to keep in mind is that during winter there is a relatively different environment outdoors than during the rest of the year. Whether you plan to store it, or keep it stored at a garage, then it is best either way to look into your options for keeping sure it does not freeze and thus take on frost damage. For places, it would be best to get one that is climate-controlled, to ensure it will be properly protected. But if you intend to keep it on your own property, keeping it shrink-wrapped is the ideal, and this will be a better option.
As mentioned earlier, there is certainly a lot of work you must keep in mind in order to keep your boat working at top efficiency. But once you get in the rhythm you will find it far more rewarding than it is troubling. And you will be gad you chose to become one who rather than being stuck on land also has the freedom to sail the high seas!