Sean here with Jones Boys Boats Service Department wanting to remind all of our customers that as the winter chill begins to wane, and signs of spring emerge, boating enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the upcoming season on the water. At Jones Boys Boats, we understand the excitement and are here to help you make the most of your boating experience. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to get your inboard and/or outboard power boat ready for the upcoming season. If you for any reason would like our skilled and caring team to take care of these steps for you, we’re always here to help.

Start Early With Proactive Maintenance

One of the keys to a hassle-free boating season is proactive maintenance. Instead of waiting until the last minute, we recommend starting the preparation process at least a month before your intended use. This allows ample time to address any issues that may arise, ensuring a smooth launch into the spring season. We are still experiencing the odd delay in part order arrivals and/or back-orders of parts, so as mentioned, preemptively addressing hidden issues beforehand will hopefully negate your boating plans from being disrupted.

Inspect The Hull And Exterior

Begin your boat preparation by giving it a thorough visual inspection. Check for any signs of damage or wear on the hull, paying close attention to the propellers, rudders, and other underwater components. Addressing any issues now can prevent more significant problems later on.

An Image Of A Boat Motor And A Boat Floating On Kootenay Lake

Engine And Mechanical Systems Check

The heart of your power boat lies in its engine and mechanical systems. Before heading out on the water, inspect the engine, drive(s), and fuel system. Change the engine/leg oils, replace oil/fuel/water-fuel separator filters, and ensure that all belts and hoses are in good condition. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, consider scheduling a professional service at Jones Boys Boats to guarantee a comprehensive check-up.

Battery And Electrical Systems

Batteries are the single most common failures we see each spring. Boats stored without providing the battery with a full charge and disconnecting or due to the nearly -30˚ temperatures we experienced this winter can cause batteries to freeze causing cells to become permanently damaged. Ensure your boat’s electrical systems are in top-notch condition. Check the battery for charge and connection issues, inspect the wiring for any signs of damage, and confirm that all lights, navigation systems, and electronics are functioning correctly. Having a reliable power source is crucial for a safe and enjoyable boating experience.

Fluid Levels And Coolant

Check all fluid levels, including coolant (if your engine uses a closed cooling system), hydraulic fluid, and steering fluid. Ensure hydraulic steering and outboard motor trim cylinder shafts don’t show signs of seal leakage. Ensuring proper levels and quality of these fluids is essential for the optimal performance of your power boat. If any discrepancies are found, address them promptly to prevent potential breakdowns on the water.

Onboard Plumbing (Bilge & Wash Down Pumps)

During a Winterization process, all water in plumbing should be replaced with food grade antifreeze or at a minimum drained. You would be surprised how much water can remain pooled in a plumbing system after what you may believe to be fully drained. This is to ensure that while your boat is being stored in below freezing ambient temperatures, that any water left in pumps and/or the pipes connected to these devices doesn’t go through a process referred to as “Ice Wedging” or “Frost Wedging”. There is literally nothing stronger in nature than water, thawed or frozen. Unsuspecting boaters often find themselves excitingly backing their boat down a boat launch and possibly not noticing until they have set sail, that there is a considerable amount of water pouring into their boat. Pumps, hoses and cast iron engine blocks/manifolds can be very easily cracked and destroyed by only a small amount of pooled water. Checking these items is part of Jones Boys “Summerizing” process. Ensure you inspect and test these systems thoroughly and don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance instead of potentially your insurance provider.

Safety Equipment Inspection

Never overlook the importance of safety equipment. Check the condition and functionality of life jackets, fire extinguishers, flares, and other safety gear. Ensure that everything is up to date and in compliance with boating regulations.

Trailer And Transport

If your boat is trailerable, don’t forget to inspect the trailer for any issues. Check the tires, brakes, and lights to ensure a safe and smooth journey to and from the water.

A Tractor Loading A Boat Off A Trailer Into Kootenay Lake


At Jones Boys Boats, we believe that preparation is the key to a successful and enjoyable boating season. By taking a proactive approach to maintenance and addressing any potential issues ahead of time, you can ensure that your inboard or outboard power boat is ready for the adventures that await on the open water. If you need assistance or professional guidance, our team at Jones Boys Boats is here to help make your boating experience this spring truly exceptional.


This year, we are offering Basic & Advanced Summerizing packages. The costs are dependent on vessel features, engine type and quantity. Don’t hesitate to give us a call for pricing. We will begin taking bookings for all service related appointments beginning February 15th for scheduled appointments to begin early March, weather dependent.  Smooth Sailing!


Sean Knight, Service

Jenna Warga, Parts