Boat management is a lot like taking care of your car. You can do a few things at home to promote longevity, but some things are best left to the professionals. Here is everything you need to know about boat maintenance.
What You Need To Maintain
Most boats have a short checklist of what needs to be maintained on an annual basis. Although you should check your owner’s manual, this list will typically include changing the oil, painting the hull, checking the electronics, checking the plumbing and HVAC systems, lubricating moving parts, and repairing canvas and upholstery.
How You Can Promote Longevity
The most basic thing you can do to keep your boat working longer is to keep it clean. While it may not seem like much, it can have a big impact on your hull. For instance, the fiberglass gel coating will turn chalky if you don’t wash it regularly. Therefore, you are going to want to wash and wax the hull often. Similarly, your upholstery and canvas can get moldy if dirt is allowed to sit on it, so you will want to keep it clean. Also, dirty bilges mean that you may not spot leaking fluids and puts you at an increased risk of a clogged bilge pump.
Where You Should Have Maintenance Done
Most basic marine maintenance chores, such as changing the oil, lubricating the fittings, and repainting the hull, are done by professionals. To get these done, you can trailer your boat to a nearby mechanic or dealership that can do repairs on your model.
Like your car, you will need to regularly maintain your boat if you want it to stay in working condition. Learning all the facts ahead of time can help you understand what you can do to promote longevity and properly maintain your boat.