While the windy and biting of winter can still prevail over large parts of the country, the spring and months of outdoor life that they begin are melting just around the corner. Now is the time to research the summer equipment and prepare for the active months ahead. Boat, camping and cycling equipment can all benefit from a seasonal adjustment. Here are some recommendations for fun summer adventures.
Boat maintenance is crucial to the life and safety of your ship, both on and off the water. The following should be done before your boat̵7;s maiden voyage each season.
- Register – Make sure your registration is up to date to avoid expensive fines.
- Clean – A quick wash inside and out with a mild detergent prevents mold, stains and the spread of invasive aquatic species. A final scrubbing and rinsing with a boat hull cleaner will make your boat shine.
- Inspect and repair – Check and repair any scratches, cracks or damage that may impair safety and seaworthiness. Examine the trolling motor and power trim as well.
- Battery and motor – Check that your boat’s battery has sufficient charge and clean the corrosion poles with baking soda and water. Then drain old motor fuel, change oil if necessary and start it to ensure that it works properly.
- Light – Test any lights that may be legally necessary for travel early in the morning or late at night.
- Trailer – Check the trailer’s tire pressure, test the wheels independently and check that the lights work.
- Safety equipment Review equipment for size and state legal requirements to verify compliance. Finally, look for a working fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
Taking a few minutes to inspect all your camping equipment can save you time, energy and a lot of headaches when the camping season comes. Give tents and sleeping bags a proper shake, ventilate or clean if possible, and check seams for any necessary repairs. For tent camping, make sure you have all the tent poles and poles, sleeping pads and accessories for bad weather. Collect, clean and / or replace any cooking utensils and accessories that may have expired. Finally, make sure you have working flashlights and flashlights, with batteries for both, and all the necessary safety equipment, first aid, and survival equipment.
Whether you are heading up the mountains or just taking a leisurely stroll around the city, your bike will benefit from a quick adjustment before being used regularly. A first wiping to clear away last year’s dirt can reveal areas of rust that require attention or replacement, especially with brake cables and chains. Regardless, all chains benefit from a quick cleaning with degreasing solvent and a smear of chain lubricant. Extensive chain cleaning kits can also be a good option. Then inspect and tighten brake cables, nuts and bolts, make adjustments and lubricate further if necessary. Make sure your fork is properly aligned and secure. Check all quick couplings and tighten if necessary. Top up your tires and check reflective and other bicycle lights. Finally, take your bike for a quick spin, switching between all gears to check for further problems. If something needs expert help, take it to a local bike shop for a professional fine-tuning.
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