Maintaining a boat is very like taking care of a car. The maintenance of your boat isn’t too difficult however, it does require perseverance and commitment. Similar to a car boat, boats require certain kinds of maintenance at certain milestones and after use.
Read on for a checklist for maintenance on your boat, easy advice for maintaining your boat, and tips on scheduling your scheduled maintenance.
Boat Maintenance Checklist
When you buy a boat, you should consider having plans for maintenance. Make a list of your existing skills and knowledge. What type of work can you currently know how to accomplish, and what services do you need assistance from a professional?
To maintain your boat It is recommended to:
- Test your electronics
- Test your lights
- Check the levels of fluids including power steering and coolant
- Change the oil
- Examine the propeller
- Examine the battery’s charge
- Inspect the gas tank, fuel lines, and engines to check for corrosion, leaks, or cracks
- Check that railing is secured
- Make sure that you’ve got all the safety equipment you need
- Check belts and all boat accessories
- Get your boat detailed
Easy methods for maintaining a boat
Wash and wax
One of the simplest methods to ensure longevity on your yacht is to keep the fiberglass hull clean and well-lubricated. The gel coating on fiberglass gets chalky if not waxed regularly. It is also helpful to strip off the previous wax before applying a fresh coat of wax. In contrast to cars, boats don’t have a clear coat so proper waxing is essential to the durability of your boat.
Without a wax sealant, to protect your boat, it is likely to rapidly deteriorate and cost more to repair than get it waxed properly up on the front. Keeping your boat clean in and out can prevent any build-up of mold. Mold can be a scourge and it’s better to clean your boat regularly rather than try to limit the spread of mold. Be cautious when cleaning with harsh chemicals in your boat because they could cause damage to the coating of the gel. Detailing once or twice a year is not just a way to ensure that your boat looks great, but will also ensure it’s operating properly.
Wipe Off Your Boat
After a day of fun on the water, grab the towel and dry the boat clean. Moisture that is left on the boat can cause mold growth, mildew growth, corrosion, stains, and other issues. Drying off any excess moisture can help your boat last longer. Lifejackets, ropes and towels, water toys, and other items that are likely to be affected by moisture or retention should be taken off the vessel, dried off, and placed in dry storage containers after use.
Check Metal Parts for Corrosion
Every metal part that is exposed on your boat could be corroded and then rust. Make sure to check the metal parts regularly for signs of corrosion, and dry them as quickly as you can. The engine of your boat needs to be examined for corrosion. To prevent corrosion as well as other issues with your engine it is recommended to clean your engine.
Regular Oil Changes
Read the instruction manual to find out the time frame you must check your oil. Generally, you should change the oil around every 100 hours of running. Quicky-lube shops for boats and watercraft do not exist, so you should take your boat to a certified expert or a dealership with a service center.
Check Your Propeller
Don’t skip checking thoroughly your propeller. There are a lot of issues that could be found with your propeller. Therefore, you should regularly remove it from the boating season. You should also inspect it. It’s normal to get scratches or damaged paint, however, large dents or signs of impact need to be addressed with an expert. If not, it could lead to loss of performance and increased fuel consumption. This is also a great opportunity to check if your water supply is free of any debris.
The most frequent issue is that the fishing line may end up wrapping around the propeller. If this occurs, you should ask your dealership to inspect your gearcase and make sure no leaks have been caused. Service to your gearcase must be performed by a professional with experience. After inspecting your propeller, you should add waterproof grease and then install the propeller the same as you took it out.
Remove Your Battery in the Off-Season
Batteries don’t last forever, but you can extend the life of your battery if you remove it during the off-season, while your boat is stored away. It is cleaned, charged, and then store in a location where it isn’t affected by temperature fluctuations and the elements.
Taking A Boat in for Maintenance
You must bring your boat into the shop for servicing prior to the time the boating season begins and also for repairs when certain circumstances arise like a dented prop or engine corrosion, or even an oil service. When you take your boat in for winterization or spring maintenance it is recommended to call before time and arrange to arrive earlier.