So, you’ve purchased a boat,
You’re ready to set sail and take on life’s adventures at sea.
before you get ready to do your best Steve Zissou or Magellan attire, you’ll want to make sure your vessel is in tip-top shape before you depart.
Here are 5 of our best boat maintenance tips to prolong the life of your boat.
Wash Boat Regularly
Washing your boat every three to four weeks may not be the most glamorous part of boat ownership—
But if you want to keep your boat in good condition, it’s a necessary part of the deal.
You should be washing your boat using freshwater and marine cleaning detergents every few weeks
should have the hull thoroughly cleaned a few times per year.
It’s important to clean your boat on a regular schedule to eliminate rust, salt buildup, and other damage that can be a result of docking your vessel.
thoroughly washing your boat allows you to check for other mechanical and cosmetic issues that you might not have noticed otherwise.
Don’t wait to Make Repairs
If you do notice anything that should be repaired, you should address it right away.
Waiting to repair could exacerbate the damage and lead to a more complex issue that may be more expensive to take care of later down the road.
You can use a 2 part expanding foam to fill most boat cavities on your own.
This allows you to quickly address the issue and prevent further damage to the boat’s exterior or interior.
Change the Oil Frequently
Just like cars, boats need regular oil changes to run efficiently.
Each boat make and model requires a different level of service, so refer to the manufacturer’s guide to find out how often you need to change your boat’s oil and what kind of oil to use.Proven Way to #Boat #Cleaning & #Maintenance #Tips. Click To Tweet
The standard frequency is to change the oil about every 100 hours of operation, or once a year.
You can take your boat to a local repair shop to have the oil checked and changed, or you can do it yourself following these steps:
- If your boat is docked in the water, start up the engine as normal. If it is on a trailer, supply cooling water to the intake at the gearcase, and start the engine.
- Once the engine has warmed up (about 5 minutes), turn it off and remove the oil dipstick.
- Insert the oil extractor suction tube into the dipstick pipeline until it stops. Pump out the existing oil.
- Use a rag and a wrench to help you remove the oil filter. Rub oil onto the sealing gasket and then secure the new oil filter.
- Replace the dipstick and fill the engine with the new oil using the oil fill port, which has a cap marked “oil.”
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You made a great point when you explained that it is important to take care of issues before they become more expensive. I know that many businesses rely on fishing boats in order to make money. These fishing companies would need vessels that are always operating efficiently.
It’s really good to know that you can use expanding foam to do some repairs at home if damages occur. My brother is moving to a new town that is close to water, so he wants to buy a new boat. I think it’s important to learn about how to care for the boat so that it lasts a really long time.
Yes, it is much better to learn how to care. If you care anything I will be long-lasting.
It’s good to know that you should change your boat’s motor oil regularly. My family is buying a new lakefront home next month, so we are thinking about getting a boat. Your maintenance tips will be useful for us to keep the boat in good condition throughout the year.
Glad to know that. Thank you, Lyla!