"They'll use this weekend to start their boating season, and they haven't checked their boat out since last fall or summer," said Smith, a two-time Southern Kingfish Association national champion and a member of the SKA Hall of Fame.
"You've got the people that over-prepare, you've got the people that under-prepare, you've got the people that never prepare, and you've got the people that won't do anything until it breaks. These same people have these same problems year after year. You kind of know who to look for, the ones where you get a call late in the afternoon or at night. You know who's broke down for whatever reason."
Depending on the kind of boat, Smith said a common problem for a vessel that has been in storage for several months is condensation in the gas tank, "especially with ethanol-based fuel."
"It's good to keep your gas tanks topped off and keep the condensation down," he said.