As the next bass season is just around the corner, I have painstakingly maintained my gear, re-spooled reels with new line, and upgraded equipment.
I’ve also polished my boat, so that it’s looking tiptop, shiny, and ready for action. Although I try to polish the boat after every guide trip, I must admit that this does slip through the cracks on occasion. Usually, I just do it at the boat ramp, just after bidding my customers goodbye. There are a couple of reasons for doing this right there at the ramp. Not only does this give me a nice sparkly bright boat for the next day when I greet my next Traverse City Bass customers, it allows me to take care of water spots before they even form. It’s much easier to prevent them than to polish them out!
After a lot of experience with this, I promise you that it’s much easier to get into the routine of polishing the boat right at the ramp rather than waiting to do it at home, when I’m tired and have a million other things to do. It’s a win-win. I get a shiny boat without having to do it later, and my guide customers get a bright shiny boat the next day. I firmly believe that it’s the little things, like a freshly polished boat, when I’m first meeting a customer that tells them that I truly care, and have gone out of my way do present them with a first-rate experience. And that customer experience begins with a well-kept and clean boat.