Complete Guide to Boat Maintenance Tips
Boating is a fun and easy way to enjoy nature. It’s also perfect for those who don’t want to travel too far or lug around a heavy tent. However, boating isn’t without its own set of challenges. The boat itself needs regular maintenance to keep it functional and able to endure the elements. Here are some basic things you should know about boat maintenance so you can keep your boat running smoothly and efficiently.
Clean the Exterior
Your boat’s exterior is one of the most visible and easiest areas to care for. It can be dirty and rusty easily, and regular cleaning will prevent it from getting messier. To ensure that the external hulls of your Robalo Boats are kept clean, you should use the right cleaning products.
Replace Your Battery Every Four To Five Seasons
Your boat’s electrical system, while relatively simple, still needs a little maintenance. The battery is one of the largest electrical components of your vessel and should be replaced every few years. When buying a new battery, make sure you look for a standard voltage, non-contaminated, non-toxic battery.
If your battery isn’t up to snuff, it can cause your engine to stall out and ultimately cause damage. The battery is also much less likely to be damaged by water and salt, though you may still be at risk in high humidity and saltwater environments.
Always Use Fuel with No Ethanol
When you choose a fuel, it’s important to look at what type of additive is used, especially ethanol. Ethanol is an additive that helps to extend the shelf life of fuel. However, since ethanol breaks down quickly in the presence of oxygen, it can turn the fuel into harmful fumes, which can cause burning or explosion. If you are worried about safety, the best option is to steer clear of ethanol additives.
Make sure to avoid skipping your boat maintenance routine. The cold and hot weather can be extremely detrimental to your boat, so ensure you change the oil regularly and clean out your bilge water. A lot can happen if you neglect the maintenance of your boat. There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia, but it is advisable to do a little maintenance before getting down to the action.
Check your oil 3-4 times a year.
Check the oil level regularly, and keep an eye on the oil colour. Like in a car, if it’s starting to turn dark make sure you change it. If it turns milky or magically starts appearing, i.e. the level is moving up the dipstick, you may have a serious issue and need to consult an expert before it lets you down or serious damage occurs.
Check your prop for damage or rubbish.
Make sure that there is no fishing line wound around your prop and make sure that your prop is not damaged. A damaged prop can be very fuel inefficient.
Finally be sure to check all joints and connections to keep them secure.
You should do a boat walk-through (inside and out) about 3-4 times a year to look for normal wear and tear and to keep a general eye out for problems. Also, check all ropes for wear and tear or damage.