Warmer weather and the boating season are quickly approaching and avid boaters are anxious to get out on the water. Many boaters don’t even think twice about the importance of proper maintenance before riding the waves. It is important to note that a few maintenance tips can actually reduce the need for costly repairs, extend the life of your boat, help ensure the safety of you and your passengers, and keep your boat insurance low. Don’t miss a second of boat season with these basic boat maintenance tips.
- Routine inspection– Stay actively involved in the proper maintenance of your boat. Check all aspects of your craft from fraying ropes to loose fittings and to all other areas that need replacement and special attention. Performing a routine inspection yourself, or having a professional do it, can easily prevent damages from happening to your boat.
- Check all fluid levels; replace the oil filter, drive lubricants, and engine oil.
- Check the belts, cables, and hoses. These can become frail and may crack or swell while sitting out during the winter.
- Inspect the propellers for any dents, pitting, cracks, and distortion.
- Don’t forget to check your safety gear. Make sure the life jackets are in good condition and that there are enough on your boat for all passengers. Also, be sure all fire extinguishers on board are the correct class and that they are fully charged.
- Cleaning and care– Washing your boat regularly, a routine waxing, or the use of anti-fouling paint can prevent long-term environmental wear and tear. Make sure you invest in a cover to keep your boat clean and free from debris such as dirt, bird droppings, water, or falling leaves, all of which can cause damage if left unchecked. A cover can also help prevent UV rays from breaking down hoses and fading carpets and upholstery. Lastly, be sure to clean the deck, topsides, and hull, and make sure the drain plug is securely in place before every launch.
- Electrical components– Always keep electrical components dry, since many boat failures occur because of corroded electrical systems. Invest in non-conductive grease, water-repellant, or corrosion inhibitor which can preserve your electrical fittings.
- Inspect electrical connections for tightness or cleanliness. Charge and keep your battery clean, as dirt and dampness can drain it, and have it tested to ensure it can hold a charge. You should have your electrical systems regularly inspected by a qualified technician.
- Motor maintenance- After every use, flush your engine and look over everything from the clamps on your fuel line for rust, damage or corrosion to your fuel tanks. Also check your oil for proper filtration, cleanliness, and correct levels. Last, but not least, check your engine’s cooling system to make sure it’s functioning correctly.
Talk to your Yetter Insurance Agent about ways to lower your insurance costs regarding these boat maintenance tips. We’ll help make sure you get the best help possible. Contact Yetter Insurance today at our Milford office. Visit www.yetterins.com or call 570-296-8329.