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Boating Tips and Check List for January

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For most boaters, January is a month when we spend less time on our boats, if any. Floridians are fortunate enough to be able to boat year-round, although we are not boating on a regular basis unless you live in South Florida. Winter is a great time to go through your boat, motor, and trailer (if you have one) by servicing, repairing, lubricating, and cleaning them.

Take the time to run your engine(s) every 2 to 3 weeks for at least 15 minutes if you can’t get out on the water. This will help keep the internal parts lubricated and fuel from gumming up in the fuel lines & injectors.

Check the battery connections for corrosion and clean if necessary. Also, tighten connections if needed. Don’t forget the trolling motor batteries if you have them. Check the water in the batteries if you have this type and top off.

Check your steering fluid and fill reservoir if necessary. Check spark plugs and replace if needed. Go ahead and replace the impeller and lower foot lubricant. You should replace the impeller annually anyway.

Check all switches to make sure your bilge pumps, aerators, wash-down pump, lights, horn, etc. are working properly. Look at your anchor rope to see if it is frayed. Don’t forget to check the date of your safety flares and fire extinguisher.

And if you have a trailer, go through it also. While you’re at it, repacked the bearings.

If you are not able to do any of these things yourself, this time of year is a great time to take your boat into your dealer or service shop. They aren’t as busy this time of year. Then when the weather warms and the boating season starts, you have your boat ready to go with no worries.

Planning to service your boat during the winter on an annual schedule will give you a worry-free boating season. Plus, you won’t have to wait to get it back from the service shop while all your friends are out on the water without you.

See you on the water.

7 thoughts on “Boating Tips and Check List for January

  1. I like the recommendation to check all the switches and battery connections before taking the boat out. It makes sense that checking all these things could be very helpful to ensure it’s safe to operate on the water. I’ll have to keep this in mind when looking to buy a boat because making sure I’m properly licensed and ready to operate a boat could be just as important as making sure the boat is ready to operate.

    1. Nice comment Tyler! Yes, making sure switches and batter connections needs to be on the top of your list before going out.

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    1. Thank you for your interest. We are glad to have you aboard.

  3. This is going to be useful for many people as these tips are nice for following by layman.

    1. We are glad that you found this useful. We see many times that professionals usually speak to other professionals and we want to talk to the new or less experienced boater. Hopefully, helping all boaters.

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