Getting ready for Summer boating

With Labour Day just around the corner, we can unofficially celebrate the beginning of the Summer boating season. Are you ready for it?

While you’re probably ready to enjoy long warm days out on the water with family and friends, your boat may not be. We’ve put together a list of things to help you get ready for the boating season ahead.

Treat your boat and trailer to a full service
Want to ensure your boat is in prime condition to enjoy those long days on the water? Our full service and safety check will ensure your engine is running perfectly, your battery is in working order, and your boat and trailer are all safe for you to use. We book up quickly at this time of year, so even if you’re not planning on using your boat until the Christmas break, by booking in now will prevent any last-minute scrambling. Call our service department on (03) 379 9208 and one of our friendly and experienced technicians will book you in.

Check your lifejackets
It may have been a while since you’ve been out on the water, you may have family that have outgrown their life jackets or others joining you this summer? Perhaps a new family addition? Or a four-legged friend? It’s a good time to check those life jackets and ensure they all fit, are in good condition, and you have enough for your family and any friends that may be joining.

Check all boating equipment
It’s a good time to do a once over of all your equipment on your boat and ensure everything is in good working order, within expiry dates, and all batteries are still working.

Being prepared
Should an emergency arise when you’re out on the water, ensure you have all the relevant emergency equipment on board; communication devices, flares, fire extinguisher, waterproof torch and first aid kit.

Know the ropes
Although no boat licence is necessary in New Zealand, it’s still important every boat has a dedicated Skipper who is responsible for the safety of the boat and people on board. We recommend the Day Skipper course that NZ Coastguard provides; it covers boat handling, safety equipment, navigation, tides, weather, rules and regulations, emergencies, and knots – giving you an overview of the whole boating experience. It can be found here.

And lastly, but certainly not least start planning all of the great boat trips you are going to have this Summer. Make the most of the daylight hours, be safe, make great memories and have fun.