With the arrival of summer, you have to think ahead about taking your summer vehicles like boats and RVs out of the storage facilities and preparing them for recreation.
While it’s necessary to store your vehicle or vessel at a reliable and high-quality storage rental for cars and boats in Sydney when the boat or car is not in use or when you have just imported it, it’s also necessary to know how to de-winterise them when summer comes.
Here are some general tips for any vehicle storage and also some specific ones for boats.
- First off, refer to your owner’s manual. It should be your first place to turn to when you want information about your particular vehicle.
- Take the cover out and evaluate the condition of the vehicle. Check if there are any fluid leaks and cracks on wires and hoses or any sign of an animal that might have gnawed on them. Ensure clamps are tight. If the vehicles need any repairs, it’s apparent during this inspection.
- Next, pay attention to the mechanical systems. Check fluids like coolant, gas and oil, brakes and power steering. Inspect the belts. If you had removed them for winter storage, re-install them. Lubricate all parts and make sure there is enough pad on the brakes.
- Connect or replace the battery, but not before checking if it is fully charged. Check for any signs of corrosion on terminals and cables and clean them if required.
- Examine the signal and brake lights, replace windshield wipers and antenna (if you had removed them) and take the rag or steel wool out from the exhaust pipe, if you had added one to keep pests and debris out before storing the vehicle.
- Inspect the tyres for proper pressure and check if there are bulges or flat spots that could be signs of damage.
- Clean the vehicle including windows, hard surfaces and windshield. Vacuum and spot clean the upholstery to eliminate settled debris when the vehicle was in storage.
- Ensure there is enough stock in your emergency kit and your spare tyre is aired up.
- If you notice after the inspection, that everything is good, turn the vehicle on and let the fuel circulate for several minutes, for a smooth idle. Initially, it may run rough, so, be at ease on the first drive.
Specific Tips for Boats
All the above-mentioned tips will apply to your boat and its trailer too. Plus here are some tips specifically needed for your boat. You can get the boat unpacked from an expert in boat packing and unpacking, but there are certain things you can do yourself.
- Look for scratches, dents and cracks. Inspect the bolt and screw fittings to ensure they are properly tightened.
- Replace any mobile and electronic devices, like radios, radar displays and GPS units that were placed inside during the winter storage.
- If required, scrub the decks and replace the bilge drain plug.
- Check the zincs and replace if required.
- Paint the underside of the boat using an anti-fouling paint, if required.
- Inspect the automatic switch, bilge pump and bilge circuit.
- If it applies to your boat, inspect the risers and manifolds, which should be replaced every 6 or 7 years. (It’s advisable that an expert mechanic also inspects them to ensure there is no wear and tear since if they fail, water can be leaked into the engine.)
- If it applies to your boat, look for any dry rot on the rubber bellows. These should be replaced every 5 years.
- Purchase the essential boating safety equipment like throw cushions, life jackets, visual distress signals, fire extinguisher, navigation lights, and bell or whistle, based on your boat’s size.
This will fully prepare your boat for the summer fun and you can thoroughly enjoy!