Boating Season is Upon Us – Is Your Boat Launch-Ready?

As spring ushers in warmer temperatures and longer days, boaters are eagerly awaiting the day when they’ll see their favourite anchorages again. However, before embarking on your first adventure of the season, it’s essential to ensure that your boat is properly serviced and maintained. Neglecting spring maintenance can lead to unexpected breakdowns and safety hazards on the water.

Boats are equipped with numerous systems, each requiring careful attention to ensure proper functionality. From the engine to electrical systems, steering mechanisms to hull integrity, thorough inspection and testing are necessary to identify any potential issues before they escalate. Spring service and annual maintenance are crucial steps in preparing your boat for the upcoming season.

It’s important to remember that a well-maintained boat not only performs better on the water but also ensures the safety of everyone on board. By addressing potential issues before they become major problems, boaters can enjoy a worry-free experience and make the most of their time on the water.

Spring Maintenance Checklist:

  1. Batteries: Your battery bank is only as strong as your weakest battery. This means if you have a dead cell in your battery, it will lessen your available cruising hours and possibly prevent your vessel from starting. To avoid issues such as this, we recommend you inspect the health of your batteries by checking the voltage using a multimeter, ensure the battery terminals are free of corrosion, and look for signs of damage or leakage. You should fully charge your batteries at the start of each season and replace old ones when you start noticing signs of age.
  2. Fuel Filters: Fuel filters play a vital role in removing impurities and contaminants from the fuel before it reaches the engine. With our hot and cold Canadian weather, water will likely form in your fuel and if not properly filtered out, this can prevent your boat from performing at its top capacity. Annual replacement of fuel filters helps ensure optimal fuel flow and prevents potential issues caused by water contamination or debris.
  3. Impellers: Impellers are essential components responsible for cooling the engine by circulating water through the system. Regular replacement every two years is recommended to maintain optimal performance and prevent engine damage.
  4. Bellows: Bellows are often overlooked during spring inspections but are an important component to keeping you above water. If your bellows are not properly sealed, water can get into your boat which can lead to engine damage, issues with your electrical system, or in extreme cases, sinking.  Regular inspection and maintenance are important to ensure they remain in good condition.
  5. Safety Gear: No boating excursion is complete without proper safety gear. Inspect and update your safety equipment before setting sail to ensure it meets regulatory standards and is ready for use in emergencies. For more information about the safety gear you’re required to have onboard visit

By prioritizing spring maintenance and partnering with a reputable marina for servicing, boaters can enjoy a worry-free experience on the water throughout the season. Taking the time to properly prepare your boat not only enhances performance and reliability but also ensures the safety of everyone on board.

As you gear up for a summer of unforgettable adventures on the water, remember that your local marina is not just a service provider, but a partner in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable boating experience. From expert service teams to skilled marine technicians, marinas offer invaluable assistance to help get your boat summer-ready. Maple Leaf Marinas offers 19 convenient locations to choose from with a team of experienced professionals here to support you every step of the way.

Since we’re still early in the season and ice is still on the Bay, we’ve developed a downloadable spring launch checklist as a valuable resource to help you start planning for the Spring launch. Start your boating season off right with expert service and thorough preparation to ensure you have the Ultimate Summer.