Summer Boating Tips

Summer is fast approaching so it’s important to get your boat and equipment in shipshape working order. It’s often a busy time of year with many people taking to the water so get in early with your prep so you can just glide on out for Summer days full of fishing and fun.

Service your boat and trailer

There’s nothing worse than packing up the car with an excited family and an esky of bait and then discovering your trailer is not in working order. Do a visual check of your trailer before you need to use it and make sure that you’ve got a spare tyre, give your winches a spray of WD40 and test the tail lights to make sure they’re working.

litte blue boatIf you haven’t run the boat since last Summer it really doesn’t hurt to give it a good test a few days out from when you intend to use it. That way you aren’t left at the boat ramp with a boat that just won’t go.

Test the motor, electronics, battery levels, NAV lights and if your fuel is older than 1 month replace with a fresh batch.

Safety Gear

Give your safety gear a good going over to make sure they’re all in good working condition. Over time things like a bilge pump can become corroded, as can clips on life jackets so give them a really good going over.

Also, it doesn’t hurt to include a few litres of fresh water, spare bucket, first aid kit, spare towel/hat, and sunscreen in case of emergencies.

If your boating knowledge is a little bit rusty as well, take a bit of time to brush up on the rules so everyone out on the water has a good time.

fishing gearFishing Gear

If you’re going fishing make sure you check your reels and lines. You can get your reel serviced at tackle shops for around $40.

Check to see if your lines need replacing and check them for damage as you really don’t want it to snap due to sun damage when you’re going for a big one!

Sun Protection

Whatever you do, don’t scrimp on sun protection. Many a good day of fishing ends in disaster with a really bad sunburn – you want to be eating lobster not looking like one!

Spray on sunscreen makes application easier and it is great for smaller children, rashie vests, light weight cover ups, polarised sunnies and a wide brim hat are essential for a good time.

Our best advice is to stay safe on the water and enjoy some long Summer days with your friends and family.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your boat this summer you can talk to us about Boat Finance.

Photos by: Geoff Penaluna, Bernard Spragg. NZ,  David de la Luz

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