Boat Maintenance

Fishing boats, racing boats and recreational boats require proper maintenance to last long. As the owner, you may use surface preparation tools or improvise in order to enhance efficiency. But what maintenance procedures do you need to perform regularly for your boat?

Extra information about surface preparation tools

Constant cleaning

Cleaning removes all agents that may destroy the surface of your boat. If you are constantly using the boat in salty water, it is advisable to clean it with fresh water after every trip to get rid of any salt residue since salty water increases the chances of rot and rust. Remember that there are specific cleaning detergents for ships and boats that should be used. These protect the boat's finish from damage. In the process of cleaning, you may come across problems that had not been discovered and work on them before they get worse.

Regular oil change

You are required to change the oil regularly. The exact period will differ from model to model but in essence it should not exceed 100 hours of operation. If the boat is not regularly used, this can be done once every year. Dirty oil undermines the performance of your boat. This is especially important for the stern drive boats, inboards and the four stroke outboard boats.

Inspect the propeller

A dented propeller may reduce your boat's power by a large margin. This calls for regular checks on the propeller to ensure that it is in perfect shape. Dents or cracks may cause fuel inefficiencies which means your boat maintenance costs will increase. In cases of damage, ensure the propeller is repaired by an experienced individual or replaced if the damage is too much. The propeller should always be coated with waterproof grease before it is reinstalled to prevent corrosion.

Electrical systems maintenance

Batteries, their switches and cables are very important in running the boat and therefore they should be inspected regularly. Corroded battery surfaces should be cleaned well before the battery can be used. As a rule of thumb, always ensure that you have extra batteries in the boat and that you have the skills to change the battery should need arise. You ought to check all connections on a regular basis given the proven high rate of corrosion. This is facilitated by exposure to water; salty or not, and should therefore be taken seriously.

Most of these tasks require the use of tools including surface preparation tools and electrical tools. Every boat owner should invest in high quality tools and a tool box. This ensures that you always have what you need to either carry out minor repair works or regular maintenance.