Top Tips for Spring Maintenance For Your Boat
Proper maintenance can extend the life of your boat, reduce the need for costly repairs, and help ensure the safety of your passengers.
Cleaning and Care
Wash and wax your boat and a long winter's hibernation. Inspect your cover and invest in one that can also prevent UV rays from breaking down hoses and fading carpets and upholstery.
Proper boat maintenance means being actively involved in, and attuned to, all aspects of your vessel. Keep an eye out for everything from loose fittings to fraying ropes to any other areas of your watercraft that may need special attention or replacement. Check your life jacket sizes and buy new ones for your frequent passengers.
Depending on the type of battery your boat uses, check to ensure that it is properly charged and that it has the correct fluid levels. Always keep your battery clean, as dampness and dirt can drain your battery.
Flush your engine after every outing, and check everything from your fuel tanks to the clamps on your fuel line for rust, damage or corrosion. Just like your car, change out the oil when needed.
A crucial aspect of boat maintenance is ensuring that your bilge pump is functioning properly. There’s not much that can cause more irreparable damage to a boat than having it sink. In the event that you need to use your pump, you’ll want to make sure that your battery system contains enough power to run the pump for a prolonged period of time.
Many boating failures occur as a result of corroded electrical systems, so keeping electrical components dry should be a regular part of your watercraft maintenance routine. Electrical fittings can be protected with a water-repellant, non-conductive grease or corrosion inhibitor.
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