Expert contractors use predictive maintenance practices to stop small equipment issues from becoming large and expensive problems. The boat maintenance sector isn't any different. If a damaged part of a vessel is ignored, that damage is only going to get worse, right? That's just common sense. Keep that notion in mind as you check out these cost-saving boat maintenance tips. Let's start with a sound moisture prevention strategy.
Water collection is an unavoidable part of life on the waves, but that doesn't mean you should ever run up a white flag. Don't give into the moisture, that's what's being hinted at here. Water deposits encourage mildew. Supposedly rust resistant parts garner a fine layer of orange when salt water coatings are left to their own devices. Take a rag, dry off the water, and seal waterproof compartments whenever possible.
This is one of the few times you can compare your boat to your car. This isn't a four-wheeled roadster, but it does have an engine. Care for that engine by knowing its oil change schedule. Have the lubricating agent changed regularly so that your engine remains in good condition. Incidentally, unlike your car, boat engines incorporate a water intake line, so do employ a certified dealer as your oil changing ally.
Like a protective skin, your boat is loaded with waterproof surfaces. The hull requires cleaning. If there's a gelcoat on the craft, use a cleaner that removes stubborn waterline stains. But your new hull shine can't come at the cost of a worn coating. Use a cleaner that won't damage the hull coating. Practice a wash, rinse, gelcoat preservation, and dewax routine. Finish the routine by applying a brand new wax finish.
Apathy is a boat owner's biggest enemy. There's a tendency to let the craft float at its moorings while you lounge. Instead of enjoying the sun, apply the above tips. Better yet, use a checklist to ensure they're applied. Your checklist will grow. Battery terminal checks and engine inspections rise to the top of the list, then there's an outing examination to carry out before you weigh anchor. Head out into the open waters only after every entry on your checklist receives a tick mark.
Engine and hull maintenance tips come first. If the engine is healthy and the hull is fully intact, move over to the life-giving fluids. Add a fuel stabilizer to your engine juice. Replace oil filters. Finally, extend the lifespan of your vessel by killing mould, stopping galvanic corrosion in its tracks, and incorporate an active cleaning program, one that cares for the gelcoat and wax finish.
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