This 32 step checklist for your boat will start your boating season off right.

Do you have spring fever? Are you itching to get your boat or jet skis back in the water? It’s been a L-O-N-G winter.  Now it’s time to de-winterize your boat before taking it out for its first trip of the season.

Following a spring checklist, like the one below, can help prevent a host of problems. Skipping them could keep you out of the water later in the season. 

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  1. Is your boat registered? 
  2. Be sure to empty the old fuel and add fresh fuel.
  3. Are the fuel shut-off valves on the tank and at the engine working?
  4. Is your blower switch (if any)working?
  5. Recharge your battery and fill with distilled water, if needed.
  6. Secure the batteries in ventilated containers that are non-corrosive and liquid-tight. 
  7. Fit non-conductive covers over the posts.
  8. Is the lower-case leak-free?
  9. Check the electrical system, including fuses, spark plugs, and wires.
  10. Inspect the propeller for damage.
  11. Is there any damage to the hull (blisters and cracks)?
  12. Flush the water tank.
  13. Replace any oil filters and lubricate all parts.
  14. Are all lines checked?
  15. Check the hydraulic steering system for leaks and fluid levels.
  16. Inspect the steering and throttle cables.
  17. Are all fire extinguishers charged?
  18. Is everyone familiar with how to operate them? Make sure that at least one can be reached from the helm or cockpit.
  19. Are life vests checked for wear, abrasions, weak or torn seams, secure straps, and buckles? 
  20. Inspect the bilge pump, if any, for cleanliness and absence of obstructions. Check this frequently throughout the season.
  21.  Check the engine compartment for excess water. 
  22. Are the lights on your boat operational?
  23. Check the electrical cables and connections for loose, disconnected, or corroded conductors.
  24.  Have you taken a boating safety course?


  1. If you are towing your trailer to its launch point, you will also need to inspect it before your first outing. In particular, are the lights working properly?
  2. Be sure to tell someone responsible where you’re going.


  1. Is the drain plug in place? You’d be amazed how often this happens. 
  2. Follow all safe launching practices.
  3. Watch for kids in your path.
  4. Ventilate the bilge for several minutes before starting the engine.
  5. Watch the engine temperature and cooling system.
  6. Make sure everyone follows safe boating practices.

Now you’ve done the work – It’s time to enjoy the benefits!

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Where is Pier & Waterfront Solutions?

Located at 7325 St. Hwy 57, it’s 3 miles south of Sturgeon Bay, and 1 mile past the intersection of Cty MM (heading north). Look on the right side, one mile north, at the next intersection (Idlewild Road and Hwy 57).


During this time of uncertainty, Pier & Waterfront Solutions is staying “open.”  We have implemented measures to ensure the safety of our employees and visitors. At the same time, we are working to maintain the trusted service that you have come to expect.

We are implementing these precautionary measures:

  • Conducting as much business as possible by email, text, or phone.
  • Site visits will continue but with limited in-person meetings.
  • When in-person contacts are necessary, we will follow “social distancing” guidelines.
  •  Our display yard is always open for you to examine at your leisure. All displays have a numbered, red tag on them. If you want more information or pricing, please reference that number.

Is there More?

  • Some employees will be working remotely, but they are always available by phone.
  •  Any employee with symptoms or illness is sent home.
  •  We continue to provide estimates and invoices by email to make the process paperless.
  •  Crew starting times are being staggered to limit social interactions.
  • We keep the same crews together to limit cross interactions.

    With these measures, we hope everyone will stay safe, and we will be back to normal operations

What can YOU do to help us? 

  • Please conduct as much business as possible via emails, messaging, and emails. This step protects everyone involved.
  • When you see our crews installing equipment, please practice “social distancing.”

    Thank you for allowing us to work with you.


Please call, message, or email us with any questions.

Let’s all stay safe!


Jerry @ (920) 493-4404 or Jerry@wisconsinpws.com – Commercial work & new/used Sales.
Dave @ (920) 905-2588 or Dave@wisconsinpws.com – Erosion control & shoreline work.
Jerry @ (920) 493-4404 or Jerry@wisconsinpws.com – Scheduling & Service work