Spring Boating Checklist

The days are getting longer, the sun is starting to shine on a regular basis and every boater in the Pacific Northwest is itching to get out on the water. Now is the perfect time to pull your boat out of storage and run through everything to make sure it is ready to rock before you drop it in the water. The team at Active Water Sports has put together this checklist so that you know what to look through and check before heading to the lake or river for your first day this season.

Registration & Insurance

Make sure that your boat’s registration has not expired and that you have current registration decals displayed on the hull. This is always a good time to make sure that your insurance policy is up-to-date and that you have proof of insurance somewhere on your boat.


Inflate the trailer tires to the proper pressure (don’t forget the spare!) Test all the trailer lights to make sure they are working.

Electrical System

Fully charge the batteries and test them to see if they are holding a charge. Inspect the boat’s electrical system for any loose connections and tighten them as needed. Remove the battery terminals and use a wire brush to clean them if there is any visible corrosion.


Check all the fluid levels. If needed, change the fluids or top them off. This is a great time to change the engine oil if it was not done prior to winterizing the boat.


Get underneath the boat and give a close look at your prop for any dings or cracks. Make sure that the prop hardware is securely fastened and cotter pin is still there. Tighten the prop nut if needed.


Check the condition of the impellers inside your factory ballast pumps. These should be replaced every 1-2 years.


Make sure the engine starts up. Connect an inboard motor flush tool to your garden hose and let it run for a couple minutes.


Walk around the boat and check for any surface damages on the hull. Double check that the plug is in. Depending on the boat, there will be one or two plugs. This is a great time to give your boat a good wash and wax.

Safety Gear

Make sure there is a USCG approved life jacket for each passenger on board. Your boat is also required to have a single Type IV throwable cushion, a B-1 fire extinguisher (check the expiration date on yours) and one sound producing device such as a whistle or air horn.

You Are Ready to Launch!

After running through this checklist, if everything on your boat looks good then you are ready to ready to get out on the water. If you need help, Active Water Sports is here for you! Stop by and our friendly, knowledgeable team will get you dialed in for this Summer. We’ll see you out on the water!


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