How to Take Proper Care of Your Boat!

After a long day out on the boat, you’ll need to get it out of the water and back to wherever you had it stored. It can be difficult to do this, especially for beginners, and you need to take proper precautions when taking it out of the water. So here is how to take proper care of your boat after a great day on the water!

Retrieving the Boat

When the day has come to an end and you’re ready to get the boat out of the water, we suggest having someone at the boat launch spot to assist you. Keep an eye out for pedestrians and other boaters while approaching the boat launch. Make sure your towing vehicle and trailer are ready as well! It is important to unload all your extra fuel and equipment away from the boat launch so there is no delay between boats.

When it is time to retrieve the boat, back your trailer into the water until two-thirds of its bunks or rollers are submerged. Then attach a bow line to the boat to steady the retrieval process. Once attached, maneuver your boat close enough to attach the winch line and once the winch line is attached, shut off the engine and tilt it up. Crank the winch line until the boat is secured to the trailer and then tow your trailer out of the water.

Prepping for the Road

Now that your boat is out of the water and ready to go, it’s time to prepare it for the ride home. Things to do before hitting the road include:

  • Removing the drain plug
  • Pumping or draining any water out of the bilge
  • Draining the live-wells or bait-wells if you have them

Another thing you need to do is clean your boat before you leave the ramp. This will help stop the spread of aquatic species! Many states have requirements that must be followed involving the cleaning of your boat, so make sure to look them up before leaving!


If you are interested in purchasing a boat, check out Bretz RV and Marine! We offer a wide selection of both new and used boats that are perfect for a great summer day on the water! For more information, check out our website, give us a call at 833-BRETZRV, or come visit one of our four locations!

Billings, MT
2999 Old Hardin Rd, Billings, MT 59101

Missoula, MT
4800 Grant Creek Rd, Missoula, MT 59808

Boise, ID
4180 Broadway Ave #5301, Boise, ID 83705

Nampa, ID
1608 Industrial Rd, Nampa, ID 83687

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