Owning a boat gives you the freedom to take to the open waters whenever you hear them calling. Keeping your boat well maintained is a year round venture and for boat-lovers, it’s a favorite hobby. If you’re new to the boat-owning game, we have some tips to help keep your boat ready for the water.
- Wash your boat after each use
This is especially important if you use your boat in saltwater, but all boats need to be thoroughly rinsed after every use. This will prevent a buildup of salt residue and remove anything your boat picked up while out in the water. A clean hull uses less fuel!
- Change your boat’s oil regularly
Just like a car, your boat’s engine needs fresh oil. The rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or at least once a year.
- Check propeller for nicks, dents and other signs of damage
If you see signs of impact on your propeller, it may be time to send it out for repairs. Dents and other signs of damage can cause your engine to burn more fuel than normal.
- Stay aware
While out for a cruise, pay attention to the noises your boat makes and check them out after docking. You are the first line of defense if something starts going wrong. Be aware of when noises start or change could be important to note.
- Find a boat mechanic you trust
There are a lot of things that can go wrong on a boat and you want to have a mechanic you trust to give you a fair assessment. If you’re new to boating, try asking around the marina for recommendations.
Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your boat ready for use. Understanding how to keep your boat at peak performance will save in fuel and maintenance costs.