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Basic Boat Maintenance: Tips and Guidelines

posted by The Captain @ 11:17 AM
Monday, June 11, 2012

If you are planning to buy an inflatable boat , keep in mind that boat maintenance is a time consuming process and you need to perform regular checks. Here are some tips and guidelines for boat maintenance.

Cleaning

Wash your inflatable boat after every use so that it stays great looking. Sea salt is dangerous for the body of the boat as it can be highly corrosive. You can use anti-fouling paint and wax to make sure that the boat stays healthy for a longer time.

Engine and battery

You may have an inboard or an outboard motor. You need to check it at regular intervals to make sure that its parts are working correctly. Since boats are constantly around water, they have a high risk of being damaged.


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Routine checking

Routine boat maintenance will make sure that your boat is working properly. Check your boat for any signs of wear and tear. Take preventive measures so that things don’t get worse.

Winterizing

Maintenance activities should not stop when you are not using the boat . If you have to store it over a long period of time, you need to make sure it is safely winterized. It involves full boat inspection along with mandatory repairs.

No matter which boat you want to buy, it is very important that you take good care of it. It also needs monthly and yearly repairs that cannot be ignored. Make sure you know everything about maintenance before you buy a boat.


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A Simple Guide to Boat Maintenance

posted by The Captain @ 1:58 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Boat maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated. You can follow some simple procedures to have a great looking and properly working boat . But it takes up some time- so make sure you free yourself before you begin with boat maintenance activities:

Wash Your Boat
Wash your boat with soap and water after each trip. Use only safe and high quality products while washing the boat. You can use scrubbing brushes, cleaning brushes, cleaning pads, and soft cloth to eliminate dirt. After a good wash, dry the boat properly so that there is no rust or mold buildup, or staining.


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Take Care of the Engine
Your boat’s engine is an important part of the boat and it needs to be maintained regularly. Change the oil filters, fuel filter, water separator, and spark plugs every few months and grease the engine after every 3-4 days of use. The engine oil must be clean and at the right level. Also, check the engine’s cooling mechanism regularly including coolant levels, the water pump, impellers, and thermostats.  This will make sure your boat doesn’t give any problems while it is on the water. There’s nothing worse than being on the water and your boat breaks down.

Boat maintenance is relatively easy but it takes time. It is best to make a checklist of steps to follow during regular maintenance activities. Go through the manufacturer’s boat maintenance guidelines to understand what your boat needs.

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Understanding Boat Maintenance

posted by The Captain @ 1:40 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Since boaters invest more money in their boats than drivers do in their cars, it makes perfect sense to maintain a boat properly.

Because you don’t want a boat full of rust, wax residue, mold  or water spots, there are some boat maintenance procedures that you should follow.

Maintenance Procedures
Just like a car, a boat needs proper maintenance. It needs oil changes to avoid sludge or dirty buildup that causes severe engine damage. You certainly don’t want to spend time on fixing your boat during the boating season. This is why it is best to winterize the boat before you store it for a long period of time. This makes sure that components don’t freeze during harsh winters or any other time when you are not using the boat , and the engine block doesn’t crack from internal ice build-up.


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Cosmetic Care
Boats today are mostly made of fiber glass and they don’t need a lot of cosmetic repairs, but there is still a bit of maintenance that you can do for aesthetics of the boat. For example, you can touch up the paint to fill chip marks. You can also wax your boat to remove water spots that ultimately wear off the paint. If you do require gelcoat or fiberglass repairs these are usually best done by a professional.

Make sure to get special brushes that are made just for boats. These aren’t your typical household brushes- they are made with soft bristles that don’t hurt the surface of the boat .

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Quick and Easy Tips for Boat Maintenance

posted by The Captain @ 10:30 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2012

A carefully maintained boat is important for safety on the water. Did you know that your boat needs maintenance checks regularly throughout the year? Here is how you can keep your boat in good shape:

1. Get your engine serviced at least once a year. Manufacturers usually give guidelines on engine service, but annual or bi-annual service is a safe bet.

2. Keep an eye on the water pump of the motor to see if the water discharge has a strong flow. Also, get the pump changed once a year. If you boat often in shallow or murky waters, get it changed every six months.

3. Perform quarterly battery checks. If the battery fluid has gone down, pour some distilled water in it. Make sure the connections are tight, secure, and clean. The battery should be placed in a secure and ventilated place.


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4. When you get the engine serviced, consider changing the spark plugs as well. It’s a good practice to carry some spare plugs in your boat . This way you can change them if have give problems while on the water. Also keep some key tools with you.

5. Check the fuel lines every few months. See if there is any corrosion, dirt or leaking hoses. All these are warning signs and a fuel leak is a one of a boat’s worst enemies. If you see any of these signs, get the boat fixed by a professional mechanic. You should change fuel filters and/or the water separator once every 6 months to 1 year.

6. If you live in an area that has cold winters, don’t forge to winterize your boat and engine.

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posted by The Captain @ 9:37 PM
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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