Once you have retrieved your boat, it’s important to spend some time running through a standard check list to ensure your boat is ready for storage.
STEP 1: PAPERWORK
Ensure that your licences and certificates are up-to-date. If these are expected to lapse before your next time out on the water, schedule some time in your calendar to have them renewed. In St Francis Bay, river and canal licences are renewable annually in June. Your Certificate of Fitness is also renewable annually – the date varies depending on when last you had your vessel certified.
STEP 2: PREPARATION
Look out for anything that might need repairs, replacements or modifications. Make sure that all the electronics are working properly and the holding tank is free of any leaks. Be sure to check things like your fire extinguisher/s, life jackets, navigation lights, flares, anchors, fuel tanks, etc.
STEP 3: CLEAN
After you’ve run through the checklist of repairs and replacements, clean the inside of your boat.
- Remove any and all traces of garbage.
- Clear out any lockers or cabinets in the cabin.
- Scrub the decks with some lemon oil. Clean your boat’s carpets.
- Empty out your bilge, but don’t pump the bilge water out if you see an oily film – you don’t want to pollute the water you’ll be swimming in later. You can clear out the bilge using a bucket or an electric pump.
- Remove any extra gear that’s lying around on the deck and in the cabin.
STEP 4: CHECK THE ENGINE
After you’re done playing boat custodian, head over to the engine bay.
- Top off the fuel tank with gas and add fuel stabiliser to keep your gas fresh.
- Change the oil filter and replace the engine oil.
- Check all the hoses, belts and clamps to make sure there aren’t any holes, leaks or frays.
- Flush out the coolant system with water.
STEP 5: GO THE EXTRA MILE
- Flush out the head with clean water.
- Pump out whatever remains in your holding tank. You’ll want to take a quick look at the Y-valve, macerator and discharge hose to see if anything needs fixing.
- Store your boat stern-down so that rain drains through the scuppers.
- Give your vessel some structural support under boat covers and tarps.
CONTACT US FOR ASSISTANCE
At Silver Lake Marine, we provide comprehensive boat storage services to ensure that your vessel remains in tip-top shape, even while it is in storage. For your obligation-free quote, please pop us an email using the contact form below.