Ready to Hit the Water? Prep Your Pontoon Boat for Warmer Weather!

With indoor activities limited, families across the state are looking forward to hitting the water with their pontoon boats this spring. With coronavirus in full swing, there’s never been a better time to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening on the lake. Distanced from everyone except your immediate family, you can while away the whole day fishing, talking, reading, swimming, or any number of other fun, water-friendly activities. But, what do you need to do to make sure your boat is ready to hit the water ASAP? What should you be checking once, twice, or even three times? In today’s post, we’re going to take a closer look at the things you’ll need to do to prep your boat for warmer weather.

Visual inspection

The first thing — and the easiest thing — to do is to inspect your boat for damage. During the winter, inclement weather can take a toll on your pontoon boat. If it hasn’t been properly stored, you can see damage to fiberglass hulls, floats, canopies, and more.

Safety gear

The next thing to check is your boat’s safety gear. Make sure you’ve got enough life jackets on board for the whole family. And, just as important, be sure to test the fire extinguishers to make sure that they haven’t expired or been adversely affected by the inclement weather.


Your boat relies on sufficient levels of oil, coolant, and steering fluids to operate properly. Before hitting the water for the first time, be sure to check these fluids so that you can be confident your boat is operating at peak efficiency.

If you — like most of us — are looking forward to hitting the water this spring, always remember that you can trust the team at Kooper’s Marine for repairs, storage, and sales.