Staying current on oil changes, inspecting your boat regularly, and making sure everyone is up to date on proper procedures are the basics. We all know those tips for proper boating and maintenance. But what about the unknown (but more than not) common issues? There may be unseen problems that your boat may have, just need to make sure you keep and eye, or and ear out for things that seem out of the ordinary. If you’re a rookie or a veteran on the water, here are a few tips that could expand the life of your boat.
Make sure to check your propeller before every trip. Add this to your routine checklist. Why? Dents and damage can lead to an inefficient propeller system, which means you’ll burn more fuel than you have to.
Inspect your boat after use as well. This is one of the main reasons why a small issue can turn into “life or death” for your boat! It’s been a long day on the water and all you want to do is go inside and relax, but that small issue may turn into a huge problem the next time your boat is out on the water. Inspect all of the most important aspects of your boat like the fuel lines for example. You might be surprised at how often you can spot a problem that you’re able to fix quickly.
Make sure your anchor is well taken care of and ready for use. Your anchor should always be stored somewhere that’s not a hazard to others but can be accessed easily.
Your own emergency kit is something you never want to forget. To us, it is important to have a specific, dedicated kit ready to go in case of an emergency. If you are looking for something already put together, you can look online for an emergency repair kit for boats. If you have a few things in mind that you want to make sure you can address as needed, then you can put together a custom repair kit as well. Stop in our service shop and ask what you may need if you’re not sure!
Keeping up with issues as they may occur is one of the best ways to ensure the life span of your boat. It may be a little extra work you didn’t plan on doing but you’ll be happy you did in the long run!