It is not a secret that boats require a lot of maintenance at all times of the year. Often, boaters live under the impression that boats need maintenance checks only ... read more during the summer, or only during the winter. However, boats are constantly in need of upkeep and repair, not just during one time of the year. The best times of the year to perform a thorough inspection and make repairs on your boat would be in the fall (after the boating season) and the spring (pre-boating season). Different areas should be checked depending on the season. Here are some tips and recommendations to follow during specific seasonal checkups.
- Apply anti-freeze through the entire engine cooling system
- Change oil and filters
- Grease up all metals, fittings, and throttle linkages
- Disconnect all hose connections and drain the fresh water system (sinks, water heaters, livewell tanks, showers, etc.)
- Apply water/plumbing products with non-toxic anti-freeze
- Add fuel stabilizer to fuel tanks
- Fog the engine with rust prevention solutions
- Apply gear lubricant to the engine/lower unit
- Spot check all hoses, belts, shifting and miscellaneous areas
- Adjust the idle speed
- Inspect all oil lines and clean the oil filter(s)
- Take the vessel out of storage area or off of the trailer and thoroughly clean the bottom of the hull
- Reconnect all water system connections, and then purge fresh water into the system and fill the water tank
*We do recommend consulting with a technician or local dealer if anything seems out of place or looks like it needs professional repairs performed. We also recommend this if you are new to the boating scene.