Keep your boat in the water year-round? Vessel a little slower than usual? Bottom look a little ugly, covered in slime and barnacles?

Those are just a small portion of things that can ruin boating – slowing you down, costing you more money and, well, just not looking as good as things should.

There are easy fixes – and if you are a qualified scuba diver, really easy ones.

Clean your hull.

With all the money you have invested in your boat, it’s the least you can do. If you don’t scuba dive, there are people and companies that can do it for you.

You’ll have a better looking boat and a faster one that costs you less to fuel and run.

Let’s face it, with warmer temperatures and increasing daylight, you are going to want to spend more time on the water. And while problems always come up, a little prep-work can go a very long way in making sure the chances are lessened.

So what else can you do?

Make sure you’ve got fresh gas for your motor, for starters. And make sure the lubricant in the lower unit gets drained and replaced. Check your oil. Spray some WD40 on electrical hookups to prevent water from building up and rusting them out. And make sure your fire extinguisher is properly powered up.

In fact, go over all of your required safety gear so that you don’t find yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in.

Boating – simply riding around or going fishing – is a marvelous way to spend some of your free time.

But it’s better when a little preventative maintenance is done so problems are few.

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