Boat storage checklist

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.

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Festive season operating hours

PLEASE TAKE NOTE

Our festive season operating hours are as follows:

  • DAY
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • DATE
  • 24 December 2016
  • 25 December 2016
  • 26 December 2016
  • 27 December 2016
  • 28 December 2016
  • 29 December 2016
  • 30 December 2016
  • 31 December 2016
  • 1 January 2017
  • OPERATING HOURS
  • 8h00 – 14h00
  • CLOSED
  • CLOSED
  • CLOSED
  • 8h00 – 17h00
  • 8h00 – 17h00
  • 8h00 – 17h00
  • 8h00 – 14h00
  • CLOSED

We are able to assist after hours, on public holidays and Sundays in case of emergencies, however clients will be charged an additional fee for our services as we will have to pay our staff extra to work over time.

We thank you for your understanding.

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Launch and retrieve bookings

Book your launch and retrieve for this festive season!

December is an extremely busy time of year for us. That’s why it’s so important for you to tell us when we can schedule your launch and retrieve. If you don’t – we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to help you when you need us.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE

  • We cannot launch a water vessel without valid river/canal licences.
  • New licences will not be provided without a valid COF.
  • We will not be doing any COFs after 15 November 2016.
  • No launches and retrieves to be booked on Sundays.
  • We are happy to help on public holidays, but our services will be provided at an additional fee.

First come, first served ladies and gents – so please book your launch and retrieve by filling out the form below.

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