12. August 2014 07:23
Many of our great customers tend to ask us some questions on basic maintenance for their boats since we offer steel boat carports. While we don’t know everything on how to repair your recreational vehicles, we do have some fishing enthusiast in the office that knows a thing about keeping your boats sea worthy for many years to come. He has provided us with some insight and broke it down to four simple things you need to do each time you use your boat.
Keep It Clean
After a long day out on the water, there is no doubt that salt and other residue that will have accumulated all over the boat. Once you’ve docked your boat on dry land, you should grab a freshwater hose and thoroughly rinse the boat to remove surface residues. After the rinse you should grab a soft-bristle boat brush and marine soap to scrub off the rest of the residues that might have lingered after the rinse. Once you’ve done that, do another quick rinse and your boat should look pristine!
Give It An Oil Change
The long standing rule with recreational boat engines is to change the oil every 100 hours of use or once a year, whichever comes first. This is the part that might have you groan about boat maintenance, since there’s no quick oil change shop. You’ll have to do this yourself. Don’t panic, it’s a simple process which we will give you a general run down of what you need to do. But before you do anything, always refer to your boat manual for the proper way to do this.
- Start the engine to warm up the oil for easier drainage. Ensure you have water being fed to the water intake of the engine so it doesn’t overheat while you have it on for a few minutes.
- After about 5 minutes, turn off the engine
- Find the oil drain plug and unscrew it to let the oil drain out into an oil pan.
- Change out the oil filter
- After there’s no more oil draining from the engine. Replace the drain plug and tighten.
- Fill engine with new marine engine specific oil
Six easy steps will keep your engine purring for years to come.
Check Your Propeller
The propeller on your boat is what’s going to move your boat forward with ease. Inspect it before and after you have it in the water for any damage. A minor dent or nick on the propeller can put extra stress on your engine and cause loss of performance over time. It’s best to fix or have it replaced if you find anything wrong with your propeller.
Another thing you need to check on is the drive shaft of the propeller. Remove the propeller and see if there’s any random fishing line or debris wrapped around it. If you find anything remove it or get it looked at by a boat mechanic if it’s too difficult to remove.
Finally, you’ll want to put some propeller lubricant on the drive shaft to keep the engine running smoothly.
Give It A Home
Don’t just leave it on the side of your house uncovered when it’s not in use. It’s best to get a tarp over it or have a boat carport where it can stay when it’s not in the water. It’s a cheap and affordable solution to keeping your boat safe. Once you’ve check these basic items on your boat, it should keep it running for many years to come. Below is a video recapping these items:
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