The sale of new powerboats increased by 12 percent in 2020. This means more and more people are hitting the water.
If you are a boat owner, you probably enjoy being out on the water. However, as exciting as owning a boat can be, there is a lot of responsibility that goes along with owning your own boat.
If you are a new boat owner, you may not know exactly how to take care of your boat. Here are some boat maintenance tips that you need to know.
Wash Your Boat
Even if you have one of those low-maintenance boats, washing it regularly will keep it looking its best. When your boat is on water frequently, the salt that naturally occurs in the water can cause corrosion to the boat and any equipment you carry in it.
Saltwater and freshwater organisms such as algae can become attached to the hull of the boat. When you regularly wash your boat you will avoid these problems.
Check Your Engine
The engine is the heart of the boat. The last thing you want is to be out on the water and realize that something is wrong with it.
Make sure that you schedule routine examinations of your engine especially if you’re on the water quite regularly. One of the main things that you should do when you check your engine is to ensure that the oil level is correct.
Check Your Battery
Always ensure that you keep the battery charger for your boat as close to it as possible. If you live in a cold climate, it is especially important that you pay attention to your battery. Cold weather tends to be a bit rougher on marine batteries.
Keep It Covered
Your boat needs to be covered during the cold weather. Protecting it from ice and snow will prevent condensation, mildew, and mold build-up inside and outside of your boat.
Secure the cover tightly around the boat. Ensure that it does not fly or flap during heavy wind. While it is best to buy a boat cover if you don’t have one, you can also use a large tarp to cover the boat.
If the boat is very large, do not hesitate to use more than one tarp to get full coverage of the boat.
Practice Regular Boat Maintenance
Taking care of your boat will help ensure that it lasts a long time. Do not be so busy taking the boat out on the water and enjoying the privileges of having a boat that you forget to do boat maintenance.
Keep a boat maintenance checklist handy so that you take care of everything. This will ensure that your boat does not corrode, get mold, or mildew. It will also ensure that your engine is always ready whenever you are in the mood to go out on the water.
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