Boats are fun but those who don’t take excellent care of their vessels will find out the hard way that boat ownership can also be stressful. The best way to avoid the stress of an unnecessary breakdown is to develop a preventative maintenance plan and follow it conscientiously. Read on to find out about the basics of boat maintenance to get started.
Always Buy Quality Products
Whether they’re buying boat washes or sealants, boat owners need to find a reliable marine maintenance parts supply store. Boat owners should use only specialty products designed for marine applications to clean and maintain boats. While it’s true that boats are like automobiles in some ways, that they’re used only on the water means that boat owners need to be constantly aware of potential water damage. Only use waterproof or water-resistant parts and products.
Check the Engine Before Every Outing
It’s never a good idea to head out on the water without checking the engine first. Check the fuel, water coolant, and oil levels in the reservoirs, check the bilge and hoses for leaks, and never head out for a day on the water without plenty of fuel. It’s also a good idea to check the engine’s wiring and to monitor both oil pressure and voltmeters while out on the water. New boat owners should create a checklist so they don’t miss any of these key points.
Manage Fuel Carefully
Managing fuel isn’t just a matter of making sure there’s enough in the tank to get out to a favored fishing spot and back. Boaters need to keep their tanks as full as possible to prevent moisture damage and may need to use fuel additives, depending on what type of fuel they use and how often they take their boats out. Boat owners …Read More