Getting Your Boat Ready for Summer: A Comprehensive Guide

May is here and boating season is upon us. Boating enthusiasts in Central Ontario eagerly anticipate the opening of the locks and the summer ahead. At Buckeye Marine, we understand the excitement of preparing for those memorable days on the water. Our summerization process ensures that your boat is in optimal condition for maximum enjoyment, allowing you to focus on the thrill of boating rather than maintenance worries.

  1. Checking Fluid Levels: After winterization, replenishing crucial fluids such as engine oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and gasoline is vital for safe operation. Additionally, attending to onboard sinks and water tanks is essential, along with addressing any leaks or damage.
  2. Charge & Reconnect Battery: Recharging the boat's battery and inspecting terminals for corrosion are key steps. Reconnecting electronic components ensures all systems are operational, including lights and horns for safety.
  3. New Impellers: Replacing the impeller, which supplies cooling water to the engine, is recommended every 2-3 years depending on the manufacturers suggestions. Spring is the ideal time for this maintenance to safeguard engine efficiency.
  4. Diagnostics & Tune-Ups: A thorough engine tune-up, which can entail various aspects such as spark plug replacement and inspection of fuel lines, filters, and ignition systems, ensures smooth performance. Certified technicians should handle tune-ups based on recommendations rather than set intervals, like what many of us do for our automobiles...
  5. Cleaning & Detailing: A spotless hull and interior not only enhance aesthetics but also protect the boat from environmental damage with a fresh waxing.

Owner Responsibilities:

  1. Drain Plug: Always ensure the drain plug is correctly installed before launching to prevent water ingress. Regular maintenance prevents potential damage and ensures a dry boat throughout the season.
  2. Safety Checks: Prioritize safety by inspecting and replacing safety equipment such as life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers, navigation lights, and first aid kits as needed. Remember, if a lifejacket or PDF is ripped or torn in anyway, it is no longer certified and should be discarded. Lifejackets and PDFs can not be repaired.
  3. Cover Poles: Proper installation of cover poles protects the boat's interior from the elements, enhancing cover effectiveness.
  4. Barn Storage? For those storing boats in barns, please check for rodent damage, particularly to bellows, is crucial to prevent your boat from taking on water and sinking.
  5. First Run: Before setting off on the water, confirm drain plug installation, allow the engine to warm up on the trailer, check for leaks, and embark on a safe and memorable boating season.

At Buckeye Marine, our dedicated service department ensures every aspect of your boat's preparation is handled with expertise, allowing you to embark on a summer of adventure with confidence.

Sincerely, Your Buckeye Marine Crew