How to Prepare Your Boat for a Safe Summer on Lake Michigan

How to Prepare Your Boat for a Safe Summer on Lake Michigan

There’s nothing like the spirit of summertime on Lake Michigan! While you look forward to enjoying its blue waters, lovely shoreline, and countless opportunities for exploration, it’s easy to see why boating enthusiasts are always so excited for the season to truly start.


Here at Great Lakes Yacht Sales, we know that the best way to kick off a season of summer boating is to make sure your boat is prepared to navigate the season safely. So, read on as we cover some key areas you’ll need to keep in mind as you get your boat prepped for adventures on Lake Michigan.


Comprehensive Inspection 


Kick off your preparations with a full inspection of your vessel. Curious what this entails? Start the process with a good look at the hull and deck, checking for any sort of cracks or blisters. If your boat has been sitting for a while, now could be a great time for a thorough cleaning and waxing. This process can both enhance the overall look of your boat while also protecting it from the elements!


Engine and Fuel System


Make sure to pay attention to your engine, too! During these inspections, look for corrosion, leaks, or excessive wear and tear. These will all need to be addressed before using your boat. Over time, be sure you’re regularly replacing oil and also keeping an eye out for the fuel system operating at peak efficiency. With these key points in mind, you’ll find your engine maintaining optimal performance all season long.


Electrical System and Safety Gear 


Is your electrical system fully intact? Start by confirming that the battery is both fully-charged and in good condition. Test all your lights – this includes navigation and anchor lamps!


Once you’ve ensured everything is functioning properly, you’ll also want to spend some time looking at your safety equipment. Make sure you’re equipped with life jackets, fire extinguishers, and signaling devices. These could save your life in an emergency situation!


Routine Maintenance 


Ongoing maintenance is key to keeping your boat in good condition year after year. This can include replenishing your engine’s oil and filter, inspecting all of the belts, hoses, and the propeller itself for any signs of deterioration, and promptly replacing compromised components. A small amount of regular work can keep away those costly breakdowns and repairs!


Supplies and Route Planning 


Before you depart for adventure from our Kenosha marina, be sure you have all the supplies you need! This will include up-to-date navigation tools, a well-provisioned first aid kit, flares, and personal protective equipment such as sunscreen and sunglasses. It’s also important to understand your intended route – so that you can keep an eye on weather patterns and potential hazards along the way.


Emergency Preparedness 


Have you completed any practice drills to ensure your crew aboard can respond to an emergency situation? Consider your needs in a man-overboard situation or fire incident – and make sure you know exactly how you might respond. Keep a list of emergency contacts on hand for these times, including the Coast Guard and local marine authorities. It’s also a good idea to carry spare parts and a comprehensive tool kit for minor repairs.


Enhancing Skills 


Why not take some extra time to keep your understanding of boating up to par? There’s plenty of ways to enhance your navigation and safety skills – like local courses and seminars. You might like to perfect your boat handling techniques, like docking, anchoring, and maneuvering in confined spaces. Confidence on the water can come in handy!


Savoring the Summer 


So – your boat is fully-prepared and your itinerary is carefully charted. What’s next? It’s time to enjoy the full beauty of summer on Lake Michigan! Get ready for days of enjoying the tranquility and natural beauty of our shores – or kick up the energy with exciting activities such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, or angling. There’s so much to enjoy out on the water!


At Great Lakes Yacht Sales’s Kenosha marina, our professional team is ready to help you make your summer boating adventures into something truly extraordinary. Stop in to let us help you get equipped with the knowledge and resources you need to make the most of the summer. With a little preparation and a big adventurous spirit, the summer will certainly be one to remember!

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