You likely got a boat so you could escape your everyday concerns; to go fishing or cruising and not fret about obligations or chores. Boating is supposed to be a source of joy. But if you don’t keep your boat properly maintained, a day on the water can get real stressful, real fast.
Avoid on-the-water problems by following these easy tips for regularly maintaining your boat.
- Leaky hoses, fittings or tanks can damage your motor and create a fire hazard. Inspect them regularly to make sure they’re in good condition.
- If you have a damaged propeller, it can strain your engine or even leave you stranded on the water. Regularly check your prop for any damage.
- Check your engine by topping off your fuel tank before you head out on the water, and then check it when you return to the dock. If you find that your engine is burning too much fuel, you have a problem and should have an expert take a look at it.
- Your battery connections should always be clean and tight. Also, check your battery’s electrolyte levels to make sure it’s not overcharged.
- Always look over your hull and engine cases for signs of corrosion.