Keeping your boat in good working order is just as much a part of the boating experience as the boating itself. Almost all elements of safety revolve around the fact that the boat has been maintained and all its parts and systems are able to perform as they were designed. You should get in the habit of not only inspecting and checking all the engine components and fluids each and every time you go boating, but also doing periodic maintenance.
Engine/Running Gear maintenance tips include:
- Change oil frequently – following manufacturer’s minimum recommendations or once each season.
- Check and replace any belts or hoses that appear to be deteriorating.
- Check impellers and pumps to anticipate a failure.
- Flush your engine with fresh water after operating in salt water.
- Check for oil and/or water leaks every time before leaving the dock.
- Watch for the beginning of corrosion and take measures to stop it before it becomes a problem.
- Check and service transmissions and lower units according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Change fluids on a recommended schedule or at least once each season.
- Keep shafts and props in clean and good working order.
- Check all through hull fittings. Make sure that their valves are operational and can be opened and closed.
- Check all water strainers to make sure that they are clean and free of debris.
Call us today to schedule your Tune-Up or Preventive Maintenance!