Planning To Haul Out Your Vessel? Helping Points Not To Forget

Posted on: 3 March 2017

Getting the most out of your boat requires a commitment to maintenance. One of the best ways to go about performing this maintenance is to invest in professional haul-out services. As somewhat of a reset, haul-outs afford you the opportunity to spot and address a problem with the underside of your vessel. If you're thinking of having this service performed, here are some of the things you can do to prepare.

Perform A Test Run

Having a boat hauled out introduces a great way to spot problems with the vessel. However, it would be unfair to suggest this service can spot all problems. You can increase an awareness of any issues by taking the boat out for a test run. This is an especially important step if the boat has been sitting for an extended period.

For example, problems with the outdrives or gears aren't always easy to spot simply by looking at them. Only after operating the boat will you experience the intense vibrations that generally surface when there are problems in these areas. Take the boat out for a test run and let the hauling professionals know anything unusual you noticed.

Remember That Early And Often Is Best

If you're planning to have your boat professionally hauled, you've made a wise choice. However, going forward, remember that an early and often attitude is generally best. Think of vessel hauling as preventive maintenance.

With this service, you get to remove buildup on the bottom of the boat before this becomes a large and costly problem. To fully achieve this goal, you must commit long-term. While opinion varies, many professionals suggest you have the boat hauled at least once a year to keep the buildup minimal. The hauling service you partner with will be able to help you determine the right schedule.

Don't Forget To Paint

Depending on the type of haul-out you have performed, having the underside of the boat painted may or may not be a part of the package. In some instances, this is an elective step. If the latter is the case, make sure you're thinking twice before quickly deciding not to have the boat painted.

In terms of a boat, paint isn't just a cosmetic element, but it is also an important part of protecting the boat from concerns like corrosion and blistering. If the professional is suggesting this service, it's a good idea to listen.   

To get the most from the haul-out, make sure you're doing your part.


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