Spring Commissioning Menu



You can make two assumptions when getting your boat ready for launch:

  • Your To-do list will end up approximately three times longer than you expected.
  • It’ll all take twice as long as you planned.

Both are especially likely to come true if you were not able to do a thorough de-commissioning last fall. Most boaters have a good To-do list of routine tasks before launch; for those who may not, there is a general checklist for both power and sail below. If you have questions, suggestions, or corrections, or need help on a specific problem/situation while getting your boat ready, please e-mail us.

If you are a do it yourself kind of person you can get a more extended version of this list by clicking HERE!

Have Great Summer Boating Season :)… From everyone at Romeo’s Marine …

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    Model/Year (Please indicate)
    Modèle / année (veuillez indiquer):

    PLEASE DO A FULL SERVICE ON MY BOAT - The full service will include the full list below depending on if you have a powerboat or a sailboat. IMPORTANT - If your boat was stored with us please let us know what preparations you want to be done.
    If unknown to you, check that your boat is covered by insurance when going back in the water.
    If your boat goes in by crane book a launch-in date with your Yacht Club/Marina. Check the day before to be sure that the launch is not postponed due to poor weather or a small number of boats signed up. If you have the time, consider giving an hour or two to help your fellow boaters going in.
    Arrange for friends to help at launch in if needed.
    Arrange for a suitable tow vehicle. A Jeep Liberty wasn’t built to tow a 10,000 lb. boat! Ensure the size of the vehicle ball is the same as the trailer hitch – no kiddin’, We’ve seen a trailer and boat leave its tow vehicle because the ball was 1 7/8″, the hitch 2 5/16″ – this happens! Give us a call 506-532-6444 …

    Check for ice damage if boat/rig/gear stored uncovered (particularly mast & furling gear).
    Check for rodent/bird nests in openings (mast, exhausts etc.).
    Do a general cleaning of hull, deck and topsides.
    Inspect deck for excess crazing, soft spots etc.
    Make sure drains and scuppers are clear
    Clean and polish all exterior metal
    Clean teak and treat (oil, Cetol etc., let us know what you would like us to do)
    Clean windows and hatches
    Clean canvas, bimini and dodger
    Clean interior including bilges
    Check and replace wiper blades

    Replace spark plugs if required.
    Check and change fuel filters.
    Change oil & filter (if required).
    Empty water separator filters.
    Check and change engine zincs.
    Check cooling system, flush antifreeze, and change coolant as necessary - have extra on-board.
    Check belts for tension & wear
    Check transmission fluid.
    Check and clean backfire flame arrestor.
    Check water pump impeller.
    Check and clean water strainer.
    Check bilge blower.
    Check I/O bellows if applicable.
    Record engine maintenance log, especially date & hours of oil changes and the sort of oil that was used.

    Replace spark plugs.
    Check plug wires for wear.
    Check prop for nicks and bends.
    Change/fill gear lube; Change oil seals on plugs; Dispose of contaminated oils (should be done in fall).
    Inspect fuel lines, primer bulb and tank for leaks.
    Lubricate and spray movable parts.

    Check battery fluid level.
    Recharge batteries.
    Check terminals for corrosion, clean and lubricate.
    Check bonding system.
    Inspect all wiring for corrosion, wear and chafe.
    Test all gauges for operability
    Check shore power and charger
    If fused, have spares aboard
    Check shore power cables
    Check all lighting fixtures (including navigation lights) and ensure you have spare bulbs
    Check all electronics for proper operation
    Inspect antennas ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    FULL SERVICE ON TRAILER - Check rollers and pads; Check and lubricate wheel bearings if applicable; Clean and lubricate winch if applicable; Lubricate tongue jack and wheel; Test lights and electrical connections; Check tire pressure and condition; Check brakes; Check safety chains; Check tongue lock; Check for rusted areas of the trailer are not more than superficial. Scrape and touch them up.
    Ensure registration is current and available
    Need INSPECTION on the trailer. Is your trailer safety inspected?
    Check that you’re covered by insurance - both the tow vehicle when towing and the trailer!
    Check rollers and pads
    Check and lubricate wheel bearings if applicable
    Clean and lubricate winch if applicable
    Lubricate tongue jack and wheel
    Test lights and electrical connections
    Check tire pressure and condition
    Check brakes
    Check safety chains
    Check tongue lock
    Check for rusted areas of the trailer are not more than superficial. Scrape and touch them up.

    Please unwrap my boat - Outside storage.

    We would like to get our boat towed by Romeo's Marine & Auto Body Ltd.
    If Romeo's Marine & Auto Body Ltd. can not tow our boat, we would like Romeo's Marine to help us find someone that can tow our boat.

    Check and replace zincs.
    Check for hull abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc. and plan repair (Talk with us to for an estimate).
    Check for blisters and delamination (deck and hull) and plan repair (Talk with us to for an estimate).
    Check rub rails.
    Check swim platform and/or ladder.
    Inspect trim tabs.
    Check shaft, cutlass bearing, strut, and prop.
    Check rudder and fittings (watch for rudder cracks from frozen water over the winter).
    Touch up or prepare/fair bottom and replace anti-fouling paint.
    Clean hull and apply a coat of wax.

    Check hull/deck joint and chainplates, look for rust indicating leaks.
    Check stanchion, pulpits and lifelines for integrity, ensure base pins are installed.
    Check deck, windows, and port lights for leaks.
    Inspect anchor windlass and lubricate.
    If required clean and grease winches
    Check and lubricate blocks, pad eyes, etc.
    Check ground tackle, lines, fenders, etc..
    Check cleats, bitts and chocks.
    Check dinghy and life raft.

    Check, test and lubricate sea-cocks.
    Check the condition of hoses and clamps, plan repair or replacement.
    Check for oil in bilges, determine the source. Thoroughly clean all bilges.
    Check limber holes and make sure they are clear of debris

    As required for your boat type/size by the Canadian Coast Guard.

    See CCG’s “Safe Boating Guide”.

    If you don’t have the Guide it’s online at:
    You can go to the address above to get it in a different language.

    OR: You can download a copy “Safe Boating Guide” here (do a right click “save target as”)

    Check for smooth operation – lubricate and clean as necessary.
    Flush out antifreeze.
    If equipped with treatment system, have chemicals on hand.
    Check Y-valve operation, label valve & secure

    Flush water tank
    Check water system and water pump (s) for leaks and proper operation.
    Check hot water tank working on both AC and engines.
    Reconnect all hose if any are disconnected.
    Check and clean shower sump pump screens.

    Fill propane tank, check solenoid & manual valves, check storage box vent to make sure it is clear, same for the overboard drain.
    Check electric & manual valves, check storage box vent to make sure it is clear.
    Check gas detectors, solenoid shutoffs, etc.
    Check refrigerator, clean and freshen, operate on AC and DC Clean stove, check that all burners and oven are working.
    Check microwave, if fitted.