Owning a boat is a blast. There’s nothing quite like going for a ride out in the ocean, lake, or a river. That being said, boats are part machines that require regular maintenance. Here are a few top useful tips on how to keep your boat in great shape for years to come!
Boat engine maintenance has many similarities with car engine maintenance. In other words, you have to change the oil, ensure that the engine oil levels are where they need to be, change filters, spark plugs, and more depending on the type of boat and motor you own. However, being bolted to a boat, engines are also exposed to several environmental effects that cars aren’t, most notably salt water.
Flushing the engine is a great way to prevent any long-term damage due to exposure to saltwater. Freshwater engines also need flushing periodically to keep everything clean. Next, you’ll want to check your engine mounts, all of the gas hoses, and any other rubber components that are potentially exposed to the environment.
Internal Appliance Maintenance
Larger boats are packed with all kinds of goodies, such as fridges, cooktops, and other appliances. Since boat refrigerator repair isn’t as simple as many think, it’s a good idea to keep your appliances clean and well maintained. Check any lines going in and out of the appliances. Clean them regularly and power them down when the boat is not in use.
If you use your boat frequently but have a long period of downtime ahead, do yourself a favor and empty the fridge before turning it off. Thaw it, clean any residue, disinfect the unit, and it will be ready to go when you come back.
Clean the Exterior
Many modern boats are made of fiberglass and other robust materials. Yet, despite being durable, these materials need constant maintenance.
For starters, make sure to wash the boat when necessary. Washing it will prevent the buildup of salt, dirt, and anything else you pick up along the way.
Just like cars, the exterior of a boat requires protection. As far as fiberglass goes, you’d want to wax it at least twice per season using dedicated boat waxes, sealants, and similar products. That way the protective coating enclosing the fiberglass stays topped up and fresh throughout the year.
If you’re storing your boat during the off-season, it’s a good idea to have it waxed right before you place it in storage.
Seats and any other part of the interior also need cleaning. If you have a boat with an open cockpit, you’ll find water and dirt everywhere. Make sure to wipe down, clean, and protect your interior at least once or twice per season. That is the only way to ensure that your boat’s interior stays fresh for years to come.
Maintaining a boat doesn’t have to be complicated. Everything we’ve mentioned above is fairly simple and can be done by anyone. However, such fairly basic maintenance is enough to keep most of the severe problems at bay, no pun intended.