Just like a car or any other type of personal vehicle, a boat requires regular maintenance to continue looking its best and performing as it should. While you can generally expect less maintenance when purchasing a brand new boat over a used boat, you will need to invest some time and money into your boat over time if you want it to last for years to come. Here are some useful tips on important ways you should care for your boat.
One of the most important ways to keep your boat in tiptop shape is by deep cleaning it every time you use it, especially in saltwater. Make sure to use special products designed to be used on boat parts and opt for environmentally safe products if washing it in Also clean all gear, trailers, and other equipment your boat comes into contact with.
Take time to visually inspect your boat’s engine and make sure the oil is still good to use. It is standard to replace the oil after every 100 hours of use. Take a look at the spark plugs and battery, testing them to make sure everything is in working order. Lubricate parts as needed.
Whether using your boat in saltwater or freshwater, it is important to flush the motor after every use. Remove the motor and flush it with fresh water.
Prepare your boat for periods of inactivity when the end of summer comes. Check the engine, lubricate components, and replace any damaged parts. Make sure to disconnect the battery and store it in a cool area. Remove any grime build up and open the drain plugs. Leave water faucets, valves, and the refrigerator open. Perform a freshwater motor flush and top off the antifreeze before covering your boat with a tarp.