Regardless of the type of boat you have, proper and regular maintenance is important to keep it clean, safe and functioning well. This is also important to keep its value high if you’re planning to resell soon. Here are some basic routine boat maintenance tips to help you prolong your boat’s life.
The simplest maintenance task you need to take seriously is washing your boat on a regular basis. If it’s constantly exposed to salt water, use fresh water to rinse it after every trip to get rid of salt residue. Use a soft-bristle brush and a marine boatwash that is safe for gelcoat.
Just like other vehicles, your boat needs an oil change at least once a year or every 100 hours, but it will still vary by type and boat model. With the right tools, you can easily do this yourself. But, if you’re not confident about it, it’s best to just visit your local dealer and let the experts do it.
A coat of varnish is effective in keeping your boat looking clean, brand new and well-maintained. It also acts as a great finish which can last for years after you paint your boat. ClearRenew.com.au suggests finding a high-quality marine varnish that has UV filters or absorbers for added protection against the sunlight.
For stern drive and outboard boats, checking the propeller should be a pre-trip routine to make sure the whole trip would be safe. Using a deep well socket, remove the boat’s propeller and check the shaft to discard fishing lines. If there is, consult your dealer (never do it yourself) because this can cause a leak.
These are just some of the most important things you can do to keep your boat properly maintained and safe for years. Always keep them in mind to keep the value and appearance of your boat.