With Spring so close you can taste it, you may have already begun to prepare for boat season. After all, we’ve certainly earned some light-hearted lake time after this trecherous winter! To make sure you enjoy this boating season to the fullest, our insurance experts have some tips to help you prep like a pro.
Boat Season Prep Overview
Because preparing for boat season entails a lot more than standard maintenance, we will be covering a wide range of factors. Below are the main areas we will discussing:
1. Scrub it Down
Even if you pulled out all the stops to winterize your boat, you’ll probably find it in need of some spring cleaning when you pull that cover off. While it may seem like your deck and hull just need a good scrubbing with general purpose cleaner, most detailers would recommend applying a fresh coat of heavy-duty polymer-based polish. This will help your boat hold up all season long!
2. Tune it Up
When it comes to keeping your boat in tip-top shape, seasonal maintenance is key! While there are plenty of tasks you can do on your own, it’s always a good idea to have a professional perform a tune-up before hitting the water. Some integral items on your maintenance checklist should be having your engine serviced, your fluids replenished, and your battery, propeller, and sterring checked.
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3. Secure Storage
Another important factor that will impact your boat season is where and how you plan to store your boat. If you’ll be using a marina, it’s a good idea to check for any updates on the policies or insurance requirements. If you use a boat trailer, make sure it’s in solid shape and the locks are secure!
4. Get the Right Gear
If you plan on charting new waters this season, it’s important to have all the proper navigational, safety, emergency, and communication gear to prepare for the what-ifs that might arise! Some essentials include a GPS device, life vests, a VHF radio, flares/flare gun, and a first-aid kit.
5. Step Up Your Safety
While we’re on the subject of equipping your boat with the essential gear, safety is at the forefront. Make sure you have plenty of extra life vests on board, as well as flare guns, and a first-aid kit. Inspect your fire extinguishers and fire alarms, as well, and update your chart plotter software.
6. Update Your Insurance
Last, but certainly not least, be sure to review your boat insurance policy! If you’ve made some upgrades to your boat or plan to embark on some new, lengthier adventures, your coverage needs may have changed. You should also shop the market to make sure you’re not missing out on any discounts!
Prepare for Boat Season and Beyond
At Lifetime Insurance, we understand that no two boat owners are the same, and the same goes for their coverage needs. That’s why we take the time to learn about you and your lifestyle, and we help you build a custom insurance policy to protect it! If you’re ready to protect your next boat adventure with the best coverage, give us a call today at (972) 771-2622 or visit our website!
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