HOW TO SERVICE YOUR BOAT AT HOME
On to the good stuff – let’s start at the heart! Your boat motor is a beast, albeit a confusing one. To keep it simple, here’s some things you can do to get that motor purring before you hit the lake this summer:
Check the fuel line and tank for any leaks Lubricate the moving parts Check the fuses for corrosion Replace the spark plugs (and bring extras on board for the season) It’s a smart idea to record the boat maintenance you do in a logbook. Use a checklist so you can keep track of any repairs you made, any notes you want to leave for yourself at season’s end, and so you’ll remember to maintenance your boat on a regular, seasonal schedule!
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BOAT AT HOME
Not to be ‘shallow’ but you should probably make sure your boat also looks like a ‘10’ this summer. To clean your boat properly at home and get it sparkling before launch:
STEP 1: Give it a double coat of wax to ensure maximum sun protection during the summer months. Think of it as your boat’s sunblock! Good options are Collinite Marine Wax or TREWAX Boat Paste Wax. Be sure to use a soft bristled brush at the end to really make those chrome parts shine!
STEP 2: Scan the hull for blisters, chips, cracks, and/or chalky debris – make any small repairs, if needed.
STEP 3: Clean out the interior of the boat – vacuum up any sand, residue, and dust from every nook and cranny.
STEP 4: Test and wipe down the electronics – fishfinders, weather radars, GPS, compass, etc.
STEP 5: Analyze all wiring for loose cables, damage, and general wear.
STEP 6: Inspect the canvas/vinyl for holes, tears, and general cleanliness. If you suspect your canvas is going moldy, gently vacuum the entire surface and apply a marine industry approved biocide spray.
- Sound Signalling Device
- Wallet Buoy
- Navigation lights
- Marine Blast Whistle
- First Aid Supplies
- Bailer/Hand Pump
- Rescue Throw Bag
- Fire Extinguisher
- 4N1 Safety Kit
- Maple Syrup (optional)
Congratulations! You’ve successfully DIY’d your spring boat maintenance, and saved a few bucks doing so. Last but not least, make sure your registration is current and on board. Lost your boating license? No worries, pick up a 3-pack of replacement cards and leave one on the boat, one at the cottage, and the other in your wallet so it doesn’t happen again!