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You're Ready For Summer, But Is Your Boat?

It's taking it's time to get here but summer and the promise of warmer weather is right around the corner. There are many great summer activities to experience across the peninsula but many of us take to the water to witness the county's beauty first-hand.

But before getting your boat wet there are some important steps that should be taken.

First, take a look at the engine. Check all fluid levels, including lower unit oil, engine oil, and tilt and trim fluid. Visually inspect the powerhead of the engine for any loose wires or wires that may be corroded. Secondly charge and install the batteries. Take your battery in to ensure it still can hold a charge. This time of year is a great opportunity to clean your boat from top to bottom. Wax, wash and wipe all surfaces.

Last and most important is to make sure your life jackets are onboard and have no rips or tears, check the expiration date on your flares, and verify that your handheld VHF radio is charged and has extra batteries.

For more boating safety information, contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Door County Sail & Power Squadron, or a local DNR official.

If you feel there is an issue with your watercraft take it into your local marine mechanic and they will help you. These simple steps will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable day on the water.

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