Pontoon boats, and accessories like the trailer, often sit unused during the winter. This leaves them prone to rust, stiffening of moving parts, or collecting dirt or debris. A little roll-up-the-sleeves work can add years to a pontoon boat’s life and will save you money over time.
Follow the tips below when boating season begins to keep your pontoon shipshape and ensure you get on and off the water fast and easy.
- Remove the pontoon boat cover, tarp or shrink wrap and perform a general clean, clearing away leaves, weeds, and other debris while the boat is still dry-docked.
- Use a protectant spray to revive plastic, rubber, and vinyl surfaces. The vinyl on all Harris boats is chemically treated with inhibitors, so there is no need to use a mildew-stain blocking spray. However, it is recommended that all vinyl be kept as clean and dry as possible.
- Test all systems — lights, electronics, etc. — to make sure they are still in working order.
- Inspect the boat thoroughly for deficiencies. For example, check the bimini top for wear.
- Follow the engine manufacturer's de-winterization checklist or have an authorized dealer service your engine before and after long-term storage to ensure the propeller and spark plugs are in good condition, all moving parts are lubricated, etc.
- Use a non-ammonia-based window cleaner to wipe down windows and mirrors.
- Evaluate the trailer. Lubricate wheel bearings, winch, tongue jack, and wheel. Check the tires, brakes, safety chains, and tongue lock.
Once your pontoon has been cleaned, inspected, and protected, you are ready for the water.