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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.

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.

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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KeelGuard: Protect Your Boat’s Hull

posted by The Captain @ 11:10 AM
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Over time your boat’s keel can break down its protective gelcoat finish, allowing water to reach and destroy the fiberglass laminates. KeelGuard is a keel protector that helps protect your boat from abrasive sand, rocks, concrete ramps and oyster beds. By applying the KeelGuard to the hull of the boat, you are actually creating a permanent barrier to help protect the hull of your boat.

KeelGuard is a very simple product to install, and has been created for those DIY customers. By following the step-by-step instructions found in the KeelGuard kit, you can install the KeelGuard yourself in about one hour or less. Read more

“Installation was a breeze, I actually put it on in the parking lot of a casino in Laughlin NV. We sure like it and look at it as a small insurance policy on our investment.” Michael M. Glendale, CA. – KeelGuard Customer

Typically, the KeelGuard is mounted 4 – 6 inches above the waterline on the bow, ending 2 – 3 feet or more beyond the lowest point of the keel. For personal watercraft, begin the KeelGuard approximately 1 inch below the bow hook, running the length of the keel, and ending 4 – 6 inches forward of the pump intake.

An important note to keep in mind: the KeelGuard should not be applied over boat bottom or anti-fouling paint. Often times the paint will fail and pull away from the boat taking the KeelGuard with it. Anti-fouling paints are designed to wear off over time, and for obvious reasons are not conducive for a good bonding surface. If boat bottom or anit-fouling paints is already on the boat, it should be sanded off the area where the KeelGuard will be applied. This will insure a permanent bond of the 3M adhesive. If desired, boat bottom or anti-fouling paint can be applied over the KeelGuard once it has been installed.

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Coast Guard info and websites

posted by The Captain @ 3:04 PM
Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Coast Guard of any country is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters. There is so much information, advice, tips, courses that you can find on a coast guard website. Here are the 2 main North American Coast Guards.

U.S. Coast Guard

Canadian Coast Guard

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