Posted on: 17 May 2016Share
Like a car, a boat needs regular maintenance in order for it to run smoothly and to avoid unnecessary wear and tear. It can be good to take your boat in for regular marine service before or after each boating season so it can be maintained by a pro from stem to stern, but as a boat owner, there are a few things you can also do as well to keep it in good working order. Note a few of those here so your boat is always in tiptop shape.
You may think the propeller is working fine if your boat moves along the water, but it's not unusual for fishing line and seaweed to get wrapped around the shaft and cause drag and extra wear and tear. You can use a socket wrench to remove the propeller from the shaft and check in and around this area for fishing line, grit and dirt, oil, or anything else that doesn't belong there. Give it a good cleaning and replace it; do this several times throughout the year to keep the propeller and its shaft free of any obstructions. You also want to inspect it for nicks and dents and have this fixed as needed, since a bent propeller can mean drag on the boat's engine.
2. Change the oil
Changing the oil is needed for your boat just like your car; you can do this yourself if you invest in an oil extraction pump; this removes the oil via the oil dipstick tube. You slide the extraction pump into the oil dipstick tube and pump out the old oil, then use a wrench to remove the oil filter. Put on a new filter and then add fresh oil. Be sure you have the old oil recycled or disposed of properly by a licensed facility.
3. Washing the boat
Washing the boat after taking it out in saltwater is critical, as salt can corrode the metal parts of the propeller. Even a good, thorough rinse with freshwater is better than not washing your boat at all when it's been in saltwater. You also need to wash the hull of the boat no matter where you've used it since barnacles and other debris can get stuck to the boat body and cause drag or damage to the boat. Washing the boat regularly also allows you to check it for dents and dings that can lead to damage that causes leaks in the boat.
For more information, talk to a marine service.