If you winterized your boat before the winter, there are a few steps you need to take before you set out on the open water in the summer. The first step is to ensure your engine us running well, this involves changing the outboard motor oil and filter, lubricating parts, and cleaning spark plugs. Next check all the hoses and replace those that seem like a problem. Ensure that the battery is working, and clean off grime with a battery brush. Check the wires for kinks or cracks and locate and fix loose connections. Tighten all the screws on essential engine components.
The final steps don’t involve the engine so much as the boat itself. You should make sure you have the necessary safety equipment on your boat including first aid kit, extra fuses, and anchor. It’s also a good idea to check your trailer and make sure the tires have proper air pressure and adequate tread.