Maintaining the inner workings as well as the outside of your boat is extremely important. It will help the integrity of your boat for as long as you use it on the water. Years down the road you may want to upgrade to a newer model and trading your boat in would be your best bet in most cases, so keeping up with routine maintenance and cosmetic upkeep is ideal.
Just like a car, boats need to have their oil changed. Outboards, inboards, and stern drive boats requires regular oil changes. With different models, the frequency of these oil changes will vary of course but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of use or at least once a year. Unfortunately, there aren’t any quick change oil shops for boats, so you either have to change your boat’s oil yourself or take it to us, your local dealer. However, changing the oil in your boat’s engine is fairly easy and can be done quickly with the right tools.
One of the simplest tasks is to wash your boat regularly. If you enjoy boating in saltwater, rinse your boat thoroughly with fresh water after every outing. This will help remove salt residue, which will not only corrode metal, fasteners and other hardware but if its left too long it will affect your gelcoat too. Use a long-handle, soft-bristle boat brush and some quality soap for your regular cleaning. Marine boat wash is best for your boat, as it’s formulated for gelcoat but car wash soap is next best and some boaters use laundry soap if that’s all they have laying around.
Checking the impeller is one task that goes over looked by your everyday boater, but it is something that can be done quickly. If you have an outboard or stern drive boat you should check the propeller as part of your pre-launch routine. Inspect it for nicks, dents and other signs of damage, the smallest dent can cause your boat to lose performance and burn excessive fuel. A damaged prop also can vibrate, putting too much stress on bearings and seals causing additional damage.
Moral of the story, keeping up with your boat from the start will ensure a long ride!