Preparing Your Yacht for Summer
If your yacht was stored on the water and barely used last year, it is time to get prepared for summer. Before you take off on a summer trip or host a party, it is essential to ensure your yacht functions well. Many yacht owners understand the annual task required to prepare their boats for the season. A lot of effort goes into cleaning and maintaining yachts so they are in top condition.
Preparing your boat can seem boring or overwhelming. However, it is imperative to clean and do a quick maintenance sweep. Checking around your yacht can ensure there are no maintenance issues or any overlooked issues which can result in a boat failing to perform. The last thing you want is to be hosting a summer get-together and have a problem arise. Whether your yacht needs simple cleaning or more time consuming maintenance, the time to begin is now.
Why Yacht Preparation Matters?
When the time comes to start prepping your yacht, it can be similar to when you purchased it. At the time of your purchase, you probably knew older yachts need a lot more care than newer yachts. If you purchased an older yacht then you most likely found yourself providing maintenance that was needed. Similarly, when prepping your yacht, you’ll need to spend money and time maintaining and preparing your yacht for summer. If your boat requires hours to days of preparation, be prepared to tackle the job. If you are not planning on spending hours preparing your yacht, consider that you will receive what you put in.
Make a List
Preparing a boat takes time, and it is possible to overlook a task. If you have prepared a boat before, then you are most likely familiar with the process. A new boat owner will likely learn what needs to be done by experience. Creating a list of tasks can ensure everything that needs to get done is completed. A long list can seem overwhelming, but the effort you put in will maximize the yachting experience. Some important tasks to put on your lists include:
- Cleaning the hull, deck, and topsides
- Checking drains for blockages
- Washing and waxing the yacht
- Cleaning wood finishes
- Cleaning windows and blinds
- Checking for damage
- Replacing wiper blades
- Inspecting ladder, rails, rudder, etc.
- Checking portlights
- Checking bilge pumps
- Inspecting electric system
- Inspecting wiring
- Checking safety equipment
- Having your engine serviced
- Checking fuel filters, fluids, etc.
This list can seem overwhelming, but as long as your yacht was well maintained the year before you should have nothing to worry about. Most yacht owners will not even have to worry about completing the full list. The list you write up should help prepare you for areas that need to be checked. Take your time to check the main parts of your yacht to ensure everything is working. The last thing you would want is to be stranded.
Preparing for Transport
If you are attempting a trip on your yacht this summer, ensure it is ready to take on the journey. If you need assistance to double-check if everything is functioning correctly, consider calling in professionals for a second opinion.
Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
With these tips, you will be ready for summer in no time. If you are looking for a new location to dock your yacht, consider Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. At the club, wooden docks include 100, 50, and 30 AMP slips. Lighthouse Point Yacht Club offers fueling services and concierge programs. Members are guaranteed to receive the best experience and a great location. For more information, contact Lighthouse Point Yacht Club.