Spring Boat Maintenance Checklist

Warm weather is back, and that means it’s time to start preparing your boat for boating season! Proper boat maintenance is the difference between having fun in the sun and being stuck on the dock.

Our spring boat maintenance checklist will ensure you’re prepared for summer fun!


Boat Maintenance - Westport Marina Lake Norman


1. Cleaning

Taking your boat out of storage is the perfect time to do some spring-cleaning! Use a mild detergent to clean the hull, deck and topsides. While you clean, check your boat’s hull and propellers for dings, scratches, cracks, and other damage.


2. Fuel System

Inspect the fuel system for leaks or other damage to hoses, connections and tank surfaces. Also make sure that the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are functioning properly.


3. Electrical System

Before hitting Lake Norman this summer, be sure to carefully inspect all electrical connections for corrosion. Test your battery and replace it if necessary.


4. Belts, Cables and Hoses

During winter storage, it is common for belts, cables and hoses to crack and become brittle. Check to see if belts fit tightly around the pulley. Have our service team change any belts, cables or hoses that may be damaged before operating your boat.


5. Fluid Levels

Before you shove off, be sure you have enough engine oil, power steering fluid, coolant and power trim fluids. You can top off fluid levels if they are low, but it’s safest to change the engine oil, the oil filter and the drive lubricants.


6. Safety Gear

Before having summer fun with family or friends on Lake Norman, make sure your boat has all required safety equipment. Your boat should have personal flotation devices, a fire extinguisher, and a bell or a whistle to call for help. A variety of safety equipment is available at Westport Marina’s store!


Be sure to consult your boat’s owner’s manual for specific maintenance instructions.

As you prepare for the warm season ahead, trust your boat maintenance needs to the seasoned professionals at Westport Marina. We service all brands and we are Lake Norman’s only diesel boat engine service provider.


For more information, please call us at 704-483-5172 or contact us online!