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About a year ago, I started realizing that my time away from work pretty much revolved around sitting in front of the television. I wanted to do something to get outside and start enjoying my time, so I began focusing on recreational activities and sports. I began going through and really spending time getting to the gym, and the difference was astounding. Within a few short months I really started feeling a lot better, and I knew that I owed it all to having fun, burning some calories, and making some muscle. This blog is here to help other people to enjoy time with their families and check out all of the great things you can do for fun.



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Why Inspect A Boat When Winterizing?

by Herbert Richards

As the summer boating season ends for most locations in the country, boat owners are starting to pack up their boats for the dormant months. Before they put the boats in storage, they usually have to winterize them. Part of this involves checking over everything to ensure the body and engine of the boat are OK. But boat owners also know they'll need to check everything over once they get the boats out of storage, too. So why bother with an inspection before storage? You might not think it now, but come spring, you'll be glad you stopped to inspect your boat in fall.

Maintenance Isn't a One-Time Thing

Inspecting everything on the boat before and after placing the boat in storage not only ensures you know how everything on the boat is functioning, but it also ensures that the boat gets more than a cursory glace once a year. If you're inspecting the boat at least every six months, you'll be able to find small things that you can take care of then, rather than forgetting about them and possibly letting the problems get worse. Maintenance for a boat is not a one-time thing.

Problems Can Grow Even When the Boat Isn't in Use

Problems with the boat don't always rely on the engine being on. If you find a spot of rust at the end of the summer, you need to get that fixed and ensure there's no more corrosion on the boat. If you let it sit, particularly in an area that isn't exactly climate-controlled, the rust could grow, creating a bigger problem for you next spring. Another issue is waterborne pests, like barnacles for seagoing boats, which aren't always in obvious spots. You really don't want to leave anything like those clinging to the boat when you leave it for months.

You Aren't the Only One With a Boat

Sometimes inspecting isn't a DIY job, not because it's difficult, but because you're not the DIY type. But in spring, everyone is getting an inspection, so you'd have to wait a while for an appointment. True, if everyone gets an inspection in fall, there could be a busy time there, too, but the workload would still even out because fewer bad problems would be found. Everyone would be getting their boats checked twice a year -- that can only help make things better.

If you start to inspect your boat and find a few things that are worn and pretty much at the end of their useful lives, stop by a supply store for new boat parts. Get your boat into good shape before packing it away, and next spring your boating season will be able to start without delay.