Here at Woodward Marine, we’re committed to helping boaters maximize their experiences on the water. One way we follow through on this commitment is to help boaters maintain and care for their vessels. In this latest post, we present 10 boating service tips from our maintenance experts.
1 - INSPECT YOUR ENGINE AFTER EACH TRIP
After you arrive back on land after each trip on the water, it’s a good idea to inspect the engine of the boat. Look for rust, leaks or any damage and then have a service specialist address any problems directly as soon as possible.
2 - FLUSH THE ENGINE AFTER EACH TRIP
You should also flush the engine after each trip as well. This will help remove any debris that has become lodged in the system during the journey.
3 - CHOOSE COVERED STORAGE OPTIONS WHEN POSSIBLE
Storage is an important element in boat maintenance. When possible, store your vessel in covered areas. This will ensure that the boat is protected against damaging UV rays and changes in weather conditions.
4 - CHECK THE OIL FILTER AFTER EACH TRIP
When your oil filter becomes clogged, it can have a significant impact on the engine. Remember to check your oil filter after each trip and replace it immediately if it’s dirty or clogged.
5 - TIGHTEN PROPELLER NUTS
The nuts on your propeller should be tightened both before and after trips on the water. This will help ensure a safe and comfortable journey for you and your passengers.
6 - USE ONLY BOAT-SPECIFIC CLEANING TOOLS
You might be surprised to learn the number of people that use household cleaning products on their boat – only for the vessel to become damaged. Only marine-specific cleaning products should be used during your boat maintenance. This will help ensure the boat retains its optimal condition for years to come.
7 - COMMIT TO WINTERIZATION
Winterization is highly important for those that live in cold climates. This means you should go through processes such as flushing the engine to remove possible contaminants and filling the engine up with fuel to limit the build-up of condensation during wintertime. Consult with our specialist team to learn further winterization tips.
8 - INSPECT THE TRAILER AFTER TAKING IT ON THE WATER
Your boat trailer is going to be dunked into the water each time you go out. To keep it in optimal condition, maintain the system regularly. Start by opening the cap with a screwdriver and then greasing bearings that are dry. You might also complete a freshwater wash of the lights and hubs after use to keep them in optimal condition.
9 - MAKE SURE BATTERY IS CHARGED
Before heading out, make sure your battery is charged in full! This will help keep the bilge pump working to peak condition over an extended period of time.
10 - INVEST IN A SPARE WITH FOR TRAILERS
A faulty or flat trailer wheel can cause significant headaches when all you want to do is head out on the water. Invest in a spare wheel for your trailers to ensure your trips are problem-free during boating season.
To learn more tips on maintaining your vessel, schedule an appointment with our industry experts directly!