Boat & Outboard Motor Servicing

Boat Service, Outboard Service & Marine Mechanic Brisbane

For the best boat servicing and outboard mechanics in Brisbane, there is no one better than Holt Marine.

Your boat is supposed to be an oasis from the hustle and bustle of daily life; your way of escaping the stresses and struggles of balancing home and work. Being out on the water, even for a short while, can help your troubles just melt away. When things go wrong with your boat, however, it can often be frustrating, and may even prove dangerous. Having the best possible mechanic can be extremely valuable, even if you only need a service!

With Holt Marine, our experienced, fully-qualified marine mechanics can solve almost any problem that may exist with your boat’s engine. More than a marine shop Brisbane or a sales office, we're true marine mechanics. Our friendly service and expert advice will offer you real peace of mind, as well as real value for money. Don’t leave the health of your boat to chance – leave it to us at Holt Marine!

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Boat Service Brisbane? Holt Marine!

  • We offer a high quality and cost effective service
  • Over 30 years of family based Brisbane business
  • We go the extra yard
  • Greater range of repair and servicing options than the usual marine mechanic including boat trailer repairs
  • Authorised Mercury and Mercruiser motor repairer
  • We are specialists in hull repairs for all types of stainless steel, aluminium, fibreglass hulls
  • Our marine shop has award-winning service and a personal touch!

Boat Mechanic Brisbane. What's Available?

Holt Marine has a huge range of boat mechanic services on offer for Brisbane – from regular servicing to more complicated repair jobs and modifications. Read on and check out a list of some of them below!

  • An extensive range of repair capabilities – we can complete all kinds of motor repair and maintenance, and we also provide a full motor service.
  • Our excellent facilities mean we can complete most repairs on site, and we’re fully equipped to solve even the most complicated problem as well.
  • Our marine mechanics are specialists in hull repairs for all types of stainless steel, aluminium, and fibreglass hulls. We can repair anything from dents or scratches to large cracks.
  • If you’re after modifications for your boat or boat trailer, Holt Marine is the place to go! Our marine mechanics will be happy to chat with you about your ideas and desires, and offer expert advice.

Why choose Holt Marine Brisbane?

Holt Marine is an authorised repairer of Mercury and Mercruiser motors. This authorisation only comes as a result of an expert level of workmanship and a high degree of skill. With Holt Marine, you can be sure you’ll get the best possible marine mechanic services in Brisbane.

We have built our great reputation through over 30 years of experience as a family business in the Brisbane area. Our services are of the highest quality, and are extremely cost-effective. We’re committed to going the extra mile for our customers and aim to provide a warm personal touch.

Our experience in repairing and servicing all makes out of outboard motors is unparalleled in the Brisbane area – we’ve yet to find an issue we couldn’t resolve! Our broad range of repair capabilities also extends to boat trailers, repairs and modification. Whether you have a small dint, a scratch, or a rather large crack, our handy marine mechanics can help you out. We have the facilities and expertise to handle almost any issue on site.

Holt Marine also specialises in hull repairs. Our marine mechanics have the capability and expertise necessary to be able to weld aluminium and stainless steel, as well as repairs to fibreglass hulls.

Top reasons boats breakdown – and the underlying causes

After 30 years in the industry, our mechanics at Holt Marine have seen just about everything when it comes to boats and the myriad of ways they can malfunction or breakdown. From the simple to the complicated, there’s pretty much nothing we can’t fix. When you’re out on the water though, having a little knowledge of what might be going on with your boat’s engine could help to keep you out of a dangerous situation, at least until you can get in touch with your Holt Marine mechanic!

Engine is spluttering and losing power

If your boat feels like it’s getting weaker and you’ve ruled out running out of fuel, you probably have a problem with the filter or fouled plugs. The in-line fuel filter probably needs to be replaced. In the meantime, you can remove and clear the filter of debris. Any accumulated water should also be drained.

A broken belt

You’ll know you have a broken belt if the overheat warning light comes on or the voltage meter shows the alternator isn’t working. Having a broken belt is a scenario unique to inboard motors and inboard/outboards; one that you can shut down quickly if necessary. Without an intact belt, you’ll have no alternator or water pump. The only way to fix this is to have a new belt installed.

An overheating engine

A rising temperature gauge needle almost always means you have a lack of water flow in the cooling loop. Unlike your car, outboard and inboard/outboard motors don’t have radiators. They use outside water, water they’re floating on, to cool the engine instead. If that water stops flowing, the engine heats up and eventually fails. A loose clamp or a split or burst hose can slow the water flow and can result in damaging moisture being sprayed around the engine. You need to ensure your mechanic checks for corrosion or blockages in the exhaust system. Routinely have exhaust risers and other necessary components opened up for inspection to ensure everything is working correctly. Engines with closed loop cooling systems like those in outboard motors have additional issues, like internal clogging of the heat exchanger. Aside from ensuring the coolant reservoir is full, you need to ensure you get a mechanic to perform regular maintenance.

It won’t start

Check the kill switch and ensure that the shifter is in neutral. Sometimes, a dash-mounted ignition switch will become loose in its fitting, which allows the entire switch mechanism to turn with the key. This could be a simple fix, involving getting behind the dash and tightening up a nut or a screw. If the starter groans but won’t engage, it could be a batter or a loose or poor connection. You won’t know unless you talk to a mechanic. Your wiring might need replacing or you may need to have a secondary battery bank installed.

The motor just died

If you’re lucky, someone may have just hit the kill switch accidentally, or you may have just run out of fuel. Unfortunately, it’s more likely that you’ve had some kind of electrical failure. It could be a blown fuse, a tripped breaker, a loose connection or even corrosion. You need to contact a marine mechanic so that they can inspect the motor and see how serious the problem is.

It’s vibrating.

The faster you try to make your boat go, the worse the vibration is. It can be really off-putting. You may even notice that the engine is racing but the boat’s losing speed. One likely reason is that there’s something wrong with the prop – a nick in the blade can create an imbalance and cause vibration. Fishing line can interfere with the shaft, or running into something solid can remove or dent the prop and cause the vibration that way. This is definitely not a problem you can ignore, and a spare prop needs to be installed as soon as possible.

It won’t shift.

If the boat never leaves idle speed, the shifter isn’t engaging the transmission. Since 90% of small boats still use mechanical cable shifts, it’s probably a stuck or broken linkage. You can make sure that the cable hasn’t become detached from the shift leaver on the transmission housing by starting at the gear box. You could try wriggling it free if corrosion is the cause of the cable sticking. If the problem seems to be on the transmission side, it might be actual transmission failure.

The boat won’t steer.

When you turn the wheel, the engine either won’t move or it’s frozen. The steering wheel could be low on hydraulic fluid or there could be a leak. You could see if you could tighten the fitting if a leak is the culprit. If it’s frozen, a mechanical failure is likely.

Key takeaways

Call us now on 07 3353 1928 or contact us via our website’s contact page for boat services in Brisbane. Be sure your boat and its engine are fully functional.

If you need boat servicing in Brisbane, call Holt Marine today and book in your next appointment with an experienced, qualified marine mechanic Brisbane!