13 Sep Preserve Your Livelihood: Simple Ways to Keep Your Boat Maintained
For many boat owners, their boat is like another child. Okay, that may be a far stretch for some, but for others, their boat is their livelihood. No matter where you stand, it is important that you maintain your boat so it can last as long as possible. Your boat is an investment after all, so it makes sense that you need to show it some tender, love, and care. With proper care, a boat engine, diesel or gasoline, can last for a very long time and still purr like a kitten after lots of TLC.
Proper and routine maintenance is vital if you want your boat to run in top condition and are looking to save money. While the thought of this may intimidate some, there are a few simple ways to keep your boat running smoothly. Protect your investment with these simple boat maintenance tips.
Wash Your Boat
While this step may seem simple, washing your boat regularly goes a long way in keeping your boat in tip-top shape. After every outing, you should rinse off your boat thoroughly, especially if your boat is in saltwater. Saltwater can mar your boat’s gel coat and corrode fasteners, metal, as well as other hardware on your boat.
Check the Propeller
It is vital that you regularly check your boat’s propeller every 250 hours or at least once a season. Even a tiny nick or dent on your propeller can cause damage to your boats bearings and seals, burn excessive fuel, and can cause your boat to lose performance. If you own an outboard or a stern drive boat, make sure checking the propeller becomes part of your pre-launch routine.
Don’t Overlook Your Oil
Regularly checking and changing your oil is probably one of the most important steps you can take towards having a well-running machine. A good rule of thumb is to check your oil before you depart, so add this to your pre-launch checklist. Just like your car, your boats oil and filter needs to be changed on a regular basis. Change your oil and filter after every 50-100 hours of use or once a year, and make sure it’s marine grade!
Check Your Transmission Fluid
Checking your transmission fluid is equally as important as checking your oil, but often times this step is overlooked by boat owners. Your boat’s transmission works hard, so the last thing you want is for your fluid to be low. The results are expensive and can keep you off the water for a while, so make it a habit to regularly check and change your transmission fluid at around 250 hours or once a season.