Your boat is a machine that has needs in order to function properly. When pieces of the machine start to malfunction or fail, the rest of the machines endures stress. Regular maintenance and following boating best practices can help the hardware of your boat last longer and work harder, which translates into bigger bang for your buck.
If you notice something off when running the motor note the time, date and include a description of the sounds, noise or motion that caught your attention. During annual visits to the mechanic, many boat owners find these notes invaluable in locating and fixing issues in the engine, hull or other parts of the boat.
If you’re a boat owner you need to prepare for winter well in advance. Before winter arrives your boat will need some love and attention in order to endure the cold months ahead without enduring any major damage.
Depending on the type of boat and whether it will be stored inside or outside during the winter season, preparations may include:
We recommend you check the owner’s manual to ensure the use of certain chemicals won’t harm your boat’s engine or other parts.
Hauling out is recommended once a year in order to treat the hull of your boat. While many boat owners will stretch this annual tune-up to 18 months or even two years, professionals agree that it is really just increasing the probability for problems in the future. A haulout service will typically include:
Most shops will check the running gear first since if parts are needed to be ordered it could extend the time your boat is in repair. Typically, haulouts can be completed within a week. The average cost is approximately $30 a foot, not including taxes or fees.
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