Do you have a boat that has been sitting idling over the course of the year? Does it seem like you aren’t making full use of what was an expensive investment? Did you know that many boats are sidelined for some very common reasons? Most of these issues can be easily avoided if you are willing to do a little bit of maintenance at regular intervals to protect your boat, system, and conduct repairs. Take some of the following products into account when you are looking for ways to better preserve your marine vessel throughout the entirety of the year;
Engine Cleaners and Degreasers
Engine cleaners and degreasers help to keep your boat running optimally at all times of the year. There are many different cleaners, degreasers and general engine maintenance products on the market, each of them providing a wide range of different benefits. It is important to keep all areas of your engine clean, as grease buildup can result in any number of different issues.
It’s for this reason that we offer so many different specially designed cleaning and degreasing products. Products such as our Starbrite Engine Protector are excellent all around maintenance products, allowing you to protect the exterior open surfaces of the engine from the common rust and corrosion problems that many boat owners run into. Additionally, the simple spray easy-application process means that you do not have to dedicate a lot of time in order to receive the high quality results that it provides.
We also offer a range of different products that are designed for specific areas of the engine and boat. These include the CRC Engine Cleaner and Degreaser, the CRC Carb and Choke Cleaner, and the CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner. These products provide you with maximum performance, allowing you to protect very specific areas within your engine. Removing contaminants from your engine helps to ensure a long life for your boat, and may limit the amount that you can expect to spend on repairs down the road.
We’ve all heard different vehicles referred to as well oiled machines’ in the past. There is a good reason why this phrase is so popular – there are few things more important than the lubrication within your engine. From the oil that you choose to use to other forms of lubricants, they all help your engine to reduce friction, which in return results in less broken moving parts and a healthier boat overall.
We have oils and lubricants that are specifically designed for different purposes. For instance, our Type “C Gear Oil is specifically formulated for older model outboards and I/Os that come equipped with an electric shift, keeping them well lubricated and clean. This product in particular helps to reduce friction in these types of engines, reducing friction and protecting gears and bearings.
Sealant and Calking
If your boat springs a leak out of nowhere, there is a good chance that some existing caulking or sealant has given out and will require replacement. The good news is that both sealant and caulk are relatively cheap and effective ways to deal with leaks. Our Boatlife Silicone Rubber Sealant is an excellent product for sealing tight corners and niches in the design of your boat, helping to limit long term damage.
Winterizing your boat during the colder months is an absolute must for most boat owners. If you are not planning on using your boat much during the cold season (this is quite common in colder areas) then you want to make sure that you have protected your boat from the dangers that come with freezing temperatures. We offer a number of winterization kits which can help you to complete the entire process painlessly. Winterization kits provide you with a number of different products, including fogging fluid, fuel stabilizer, decarboniser and lubricants to help ensure that your boat remains unharmed through freezing temperatures. Additionally, you may want to look into winterizing all aspects of your boat, including the exterior, interior and engine. Each area of your boat can see severe damage if you are not willing to take the proper steps before things begin to cool down.
Here at iBoats.com, we also offer a number of instructional maintenance videos that are excellent resources for new boat owners and veterans alike. If you would like to learn how to conduct basic tasks and repairs, such as general maintenance, winterizing your boat or repairing fiberglass, we have instructional videos available that can help you to make sure that you protect your investment and keep your boat running optimally for years to come.