3 Signs Your Boat is Due for a Service

There’s nothing quite like the wind rushing against your face, as the motor kicks in and suddenly you’re off, skipping over the water, leaving a trail of whitewash in your wake. Boating holds a favoured place in the Australian tradition of holidays and fishing, where our tinnies becomes places full of memories, stories and laughs to last at least until the next speech worthy occasion. The peace of being out on the water by yourself, as the sun rises over your shoulders and the fish nibble at your bait teasingly, never quite taking it until one of them does and then it’s on.

But how do know where your favourite friend needs a service? Do boats even book in for a service?

The first answer is yes, we at Holt Marine can confirm your boat needs a service every year or every 100 hours, whatever comes first. Second time, yes. Boats should be serviced regularly, like clock- work.

So What Should I Look Out For?

An Unreliable Motor

Occasionally, the engine will die and start up again after a few minutes of cooling down and re-shifting the gears. If it happens once or twice, don’t worry about it so much. More than twice? It may become a bigger issue down the line. As to why it is spluttering to a stop unexpectedly, we won’t know until we assess the motor – it could be any range of things. The most common culprit? Water on the spark plugs electrodes.

Changes in Engine Temperature

Similar to your car, you don’t want your boat engine to boil out. Although it may be a pain to check on a daily basis or after use, staying on top of your coolant pumps, impeller and water pumps will allow you notice any changes or faults before they become a huge issue. Any fluctuations should be mentioned at the time of the service.

Structural Damages

Very rarely will you encounter a hole or fissure that doesn’t leak – if your boat is taking on water, even the smallest amount, go back to shore and stop using your boat until repairs can be made. A service check will assess the integrity of these repairs, while spotting any other weaknesses in the hull. If you’ve been involved in a collision, make sure to note where the boat impacted and make mention if necessary.

Why Should My Boat Be Treated Like a Car?

Your boat is a valuable asset that can attract high repair costs if issues aren’t caught early in the piece, before influencing the overall performance of the craft. While a service may be irritating, especially if you’re keen to get back to fishing and enjoying your weekend, think about the money you’re saving by treating your boat to a little preventative car.

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