How Do You Take Care of a Boat?
Are you performing regular maintenance and servicing on your boat to protect yourself, friends, and family when at sea?
Poorly maintained vessels can lead to disastrous issues at sea. Breakdowns and battery and fuel problems on boats account for over 50% of the Coastguard’s assistance requests each year.
A good habit to develop when heading out on your boat is inspecting everything in the image below, especially if it has been idle over winter.
Maintaining your boat is essential to guarantee it runs optimally and safely, as well as kept in top condition for years to come. Furthermore, proper upkeep can actually increase its resale value. Here are some tips on taking good care of your vessel:
- Wash your boat regularly: Saltwater and other debris can wreak havoc on the exterior of your boat, so it’s essential to regularly rinse with fresh water and a specially designed soap for marine use.
- Before and after each use: inspect your boat for signs of damage or wear and tear, such as cracks, dents, and scratches. Address any issues promptly to prevent further issues from arising.
- Maintain the oil and filter regularly: Just like cars, boats require their oil and filter changed regularly. Check with the manufacturer’s recommendations for what type of oil should be used and how often to replace them.
- Check your propeller regularly: Inspect the propeller for any signs of damage, such as dings or bends. A damaged propeller may cause your boat to vibrate or steer poorly.
- Maintain your boat: Regular service by a certified marine mechanic can help identify and resolve any issues before they become more serious issues.
Maintaining a boat requires regular care and upkeep, but the effort pays off in keeping your vessel in top condition whenever you want to hit the water.
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