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How to Prep for Boating Season

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

And Where to Find Audio Installation Near You for the Best Marine Audio in San Diego

Now that we're officially rolling into spring, you're going to see more and more boats out on the water enjoying the good weather. If it's been a while since you've been out to your boat, then that means there's a few general housekeeping items you'll need to take care of to ensure your vessel is ready to take to the high seas.

And now is as good a time as any to start thinking about which marine audio upgrades you’d like to make before you get your boat back out on the water - like an aftermarket boat stereo system, boat speakers, or other marine audio equipment.

Once you finally decide to take your boat out of storage, here are some of the top things you should do to prepare your boat for the upcoming season.

General Cleaning Tasks

If you've had your boat in storage for several months, chances are that it's accumulated a lot of dust, dirt, and grime while it's been sitting around. Even if you've had your boat completely covered in a protective sheet, you should still take the time to give your boat a comprehensive cleaning to ensure it's looking its best once it hits the water.

Here are a few cleaning items that should be on your checklist when prepping for boat season:

  • Clean the hull, deck, and topsides using high-quality cleaning products

  • Give your boat a complete wash followed by a coat of wax to protect your paint job

  • Clean and oil anything on the boat with a wood finish

  • Clean all fixtures such as your blinds, hatches, windows, etc.

While you’re cleaning your boat, be sure to look out for signs of damage such as scratches, blisters, signs of corrosion, or other wear. It’s best to get all that touched up and repaired before you take the boat out on the water.

Key Items to Inspect

A boat not only needs to look good, but it also needs to be seaworthy from an operational standpoint. When you first take your boat out of storage, it's critical that you inspect every mechanical and electrical element to ensure things are in good working order.

Here are the key items to inspect:

  • Check your wipers and replace if worn

  • Confirm that all gauges are working

  • Check seacocks to ensure they are in working order and lubricated

  • Check your bilge pumps and confirm both the automatic and manual functions work

  • Inspect all hoses and clamps

  • Inspect all wiring and look for signs of wear or chewing

  • Inspect your electrical system and battery

  • Inspect antenna and confirm you can still transmit a signal

  • Check fuses and replace if necessary

  • Be sure to check every drain for blockages

  • Check the bulbs of your port lights

  • Inspect the following: line fenders, pulpits, stanchion, fittings, rudder, rails, trim, ladder, and other items on deck

It’s also a good idea to get a mechanic to come out and professionally inspect and service your engine. Your boat may need cooling system fluids, new belts, transmission fluid, or other routine maintenance.

Do NOT go back on the water without having your engine looked at. It’s much easier to do repairs while you’re on land or docked compared to having to call for assistance from the ocean because something went wrong.

Upgrading Your Marine Audio

Now to the fun part: perfecting your marine audio so that you and your guests can hear your soundtrack clearly over the wind, water, and engine noise. If you’ve been looking for boat stereo installation near you, then look no further than San Diego Car Stereo.

Although we’re best known for outfitting cars with the very best in car audio, we also happen to specialize in marine audio equipment as well. We can get you upgraded with a brand-new boat stereo system and the best marine speakers you’ve ever heard in your life. We carry marine audio equipment from the industry’s leading brands like:

  • JL Audio

  • Kenwood

  • Pioneer

  • Hertz

  • Alpine

  • Rockford Fosgate

The marine audio equipment we sell is built to withstand the elements. If you get caught in a storm, you can rest assured that your boat stereo and speakers will be able to hold up without any issues.

We also make the installation process easy, by sending out our installers to your dock out at the marina. All you have to do is set a date and time with us that’s convenient for you.

The best way to get started on upgrading your marine audio system is by stopping by San Diego Car Stereo so that you can see and test out some of our products. Once you’ve made your selection, we can move forward with the installation.

Visit us at 4220 Convoy St. in sunny San Diego. You can also reach us by phone at (858) 569-0777, or email us directly using the contact form on our website.

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