How To Maintain Your Boat

Boat Maintenance is a key factor in protecting your boat

Take Steps to Maintain Your Boat

Maintaining a boat can be tough. In addition to the sun, rain, dirt and debris issues that you have to deal with when maintaining any object that spends time outside, you have to deal with the constant barrage of water on the bottom, sides and top of the boat and in the toughest cases, you have to deal with harmful salt water. Beyond the fact that your boat spends a good chunk of its time in the water, you also need to deal with the fact that the top of the boat forms a bowl in many cases that can collect water, and various forms of debris while idle, during transportation and while in use.

This is why you need to take special care of your boat. There are many key factors in keeping your boat in the best shape possible. Here are a few things that can help.

1. When you wash your boat, use special washes designed specific for boats. Also, if you use your boat in salt water, take special care to clean it when dry docking or removing from the water after use.

2. Use a boat cover to protect the boat. Boat covers can make an impact both when a boat is being stored and when it is being transferred and pulled to or from the water.

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3. Dry dock your boat when possible. Keep it stored in a shed.

4. Change your boat’s oil regularly.

5. Inspect your boat. Inspect and maintain the propeller, sail, motor and hull of the boat regularly. If you note a problem, fix it early.

6. Make sure you use waterproof grease for mechanical parts that require lubrication such as the propeller.

7. Clean the hull top and bottom regularly.

Keeping your boat in top shape can make an impact in a variety of different ways. Proper maintenance and early repair can make your boat last years longer. But it can also keep your boat performing at optimal levels for a longer period of time. Additionally keeping your boat clean can keep gas mileage at top levels due to a smoothly running propeller and sleek hull bottom.

The other important reason to keep your boat sparkling is that for most people, a boat is a luxury item. Most boat owners spend time on their boats to relax, enjoy and impress their friends. And a sparkling boat is much more impressive and much more enjoyable to be on than a dingy old boat.

So follow the simple steps listed above and keep your boat in great shape.

A courtesy article on behalf of Beverly Bay, offering quality marine covers for all types of watercraft.

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