Summer breezes and shimmering lakes may be winding down as the season changes, but your boating gear deserves some attention before you tuck it away for the colder months. At Full Throttle Watersports, we not only provide the best in life jackets, tubes, wakeboards, skis, and accessories but also advocate for their longevity. Here are our top tips to ensure your gear stays in prime condition and is ready to hit the water again next season.
1. Life Jackets
Clean Thoroughly: Before storing, wash your life jackets using mild soap and water. Avoid strong detergents as they can degrade the material. Rinse well and allow them to air dry completely. Avoid direct sunlight during drying.
Inspect: Look for any signs of wear and tear. Damaged life jackets might not provide the buoyancy needed and should be replaced.
Storage: Store life jackets in a cool, dry place, preferably hung up or laid flat. Avoid folding them as this could weaken their structure.
2. Tubes and Inflatables
Deflate Carefully: Avoid using sharp objects when deflating. Fold or roll tubes gently, ensuring you release all air to avoid mold growth inside.
Clean and Dry: Like life jackets, use mild soap and water. Ensure they're fully dry before storing.
Storage: Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight which can degrade the material.
3. Wakeboards and Skis
Cleanse: Saltwater and even freshwater can leave residues that may damage your board or skis. Clean them with freshwater and dry thoroughly.
Inspect and Repair: Check for any dings, scratches, or other damages. Repair them or consider replacing equipment if damages are significant.
Storage: Store vertically or on racks to keep them from warping. Avoid placing heavy items on top of them.
Ropes and Handles: Clean with freshwater and check for frays or damage. Store loosely coiled in a dry place. Avoid hanging by a single point as it can strain and damage the rope over time.
Bindings and Foot Straps: Clean and check for any wear or damage. Ensure they are dry and store in a place where they can retain their shape.
5. General Tips
-Avoid basements and attics, climate controlled areas are best for storing gear.
-Use Storage Bins
-Periodically check your gear.
-Create an inventory list of all your gear.
Wrapping up the season can be bittersweet, but with proper care, your gear will be ready and waiting for the next wave of adventures. Here's to the memories made this year and to the ones still on the horizon. At Full Throttle Watersports, we're always here to help you make the most of every splash!