Three Preventive Basics
Preventive maintenance is the best way to go when dealing with your vessel. Anything can go wrong aboard a boat or out on the water, so keeping things in top condition will be the closest thing to guaranteeing that things will be in order and your trip will be as enjoyable as possible.For one, the larger the boat, the more circuits, pumps, fittings, nuts, and bolts to conserve and care for.
Let’s go through some of the basic tips that expert boaters follow religiously to keep them afloat:
Wash your boat regularly. Why? It’s the salt, folks. Most of you know this, but you may not know that you can use car wash and laundry soaps as well.
Oils. What about them? Change ‘em. Just like all the other vehicles you own, this one needs changing. How often will vary by model but enthusiasts recommend every 100 hours of operation or once a year. This is a side note on another precaution. Use a log, specifically your Boatrax log feature to log hours run, oil change dates, and other kinds of information that will prevent you from running into ‘I can’t remember’ game we love to play.
The Propeller. This should be something you check every time you’re thinking of operating your boat. Inspect it for nicks, dents, and any damaging. You’ll want to catch any bruising quickly and send it out for repairs when you do. Damaged props vibrate causing damages to other parts of the motor. Checking one thing, prevents others from forming.
They might seem like simple minded tasks, but these three rules will save you from a lot of grief!