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How to Prepare Your Boat for Summer Boating Season

Now that summer is here, it’s time to start thinking about getting your boat out in the water. There are some different things that you might want to keep in mind when you’re making those checklists and finalizing your plans.

Update and review your coverage

You can’t go anywhere without making sure you have the proper coverage in place and that it is up to date.  Make sure you carefully review your coverage and take a look at what the coverage actually is and whether it will cover everything.  Just like your car insurance or home insurance, knowledge is power. Even if you think you know it, consider going over your policy again just to make sure. Can’t hurt to have a conversation with your insurance agent.

You can consider upgrading or changing your insurance so that it suits your needs or any new additional toys you added to your boat.  Depending on usage, you might want to consider talking with Dan Burghardt Insurance, as a professional can help you to make sure that you’re getting it all done properly.

Get the typical maintenance needed

Since your boat may have been sitting in storage for the last several months, giving it a thorough once-over and getting everything ready to go is a good idea.  Using a checklist that really does cover everything is super helpful. It helps you to take a look at each part of your boat and its accessories to make sure that everything is working as it should be.  You can get away with just looking at the crucial parts, but you should consider getting every part of it looked at. Your safety may depend upon it.

If you don’t feel that you have the skills to do it yourself, bring it to an expert in the area and allow them to check everything out.  This will be well worth it if it turns out that something does come up as a red flag.

How to enhance your safety

When it comes to protecting yourself, your loved ones and your investment, safety should be a priority.  First, consider giving your boat a tune-up before putting it in the water, including lubrication and oils as needed.

Even if it doesn’t need it, consider giving your boat’s battery a little extra juice.  Check it carefully for corrosion, and then allow it to run and recharge properly. This is something that is best done when you have the time to allow it to charge properly.

Whenever you know that something is wearing out (a bulging tire on your boat’s trailer) or a battery that isn’t doing so well, it’s better to look at replacing it sooner rather than later.  Your boat’s safety is your safety, after all, so you can help give yourself the best chance for fun and games by replacing something pre-emptively where applicable.

These tips can help your summer stay enjoyable both on the water and off of it.  All it takes is doing some legwork to have it all come together for you.

Should you need some help reviewing your boat insurance policy, or any of your insurance policies, contact Dan Burghardt Insurance Agency and we can take a look at your situation and be sure your insurance matches it. Contact us today!

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