Your Handy Boat Maintenance Checklist

Boat Maintenance Checklist

Boat maintenance is absolutely vital. Good maintenance can be the difference between getting out next time the weather’s good, and getting caught out at the ramp. More importantly, though, good maintenance is what gets you home after a solid day on the water. We put our boats through a lot every time we hit the water. And marine environments are some of the harshest on earth. Basically, we owe our boats some thorough and regular maintenance! But with so many components, how can you remember what needs to be done? When it comes to boat maintenance, a reliable and comprehensive checklist is what you need. To get you started, we’ve put together a basic boat maintenance checklist here.

Your boat maintenance checklist should include a thorough check of all engine fluids – here’s why

Engine fluids: they’re what keep every engine running, whether it’s a petrol outboard, or a big diesel inboard. Without fluids in good condition, and plenty of them, engines run the risk of overheating, underperforming, and even seizing altogether. When you’re fifty kilometres offshore, that can be nothing short of dangerous. So check your fluid levels after every use, and before every use too. Doing so will allow you to ensure that you’re well stocked for your next trip. It will also allow you to identify any abnormalities in your engine’s performance. For example, if you notice that your engine has used a lot of oil on its most recent trip, that could point to problems with its performance.

Spark plugs are vital and they’re prone to corrosion; add them to your boat maintenance checklist!

Spark plugs have been the undoing of many boaties. They’re easy to forget about, but vitally important when it comes to getting your engine started. And in harsh saltwater environments, spark plugs can be among the first internal components of your engine to corrode. Our advice: add spark plugs to your boat maintenance checklist. In addition to that, keep a few spares on board. You never know when you might need them, but when you do you’ll be very thankful to have them at hand!

Item number three on your boat maintenance checklist: inspect all of your engine’s grease fittings

Grease is important for so many reasons. Foremost, it allows your engine’s moving parts to move without excessive, and potentially catastrophic friction. As well as that, though, grease is the all important layer separating your engine’s moving parts from the rust-inducing saltwater of the ocean. Without that layer, rust would set in before your eyes. And rusty metal is known for its ability to move freely! So check all the grease fittings on your boat, and top them up as necessary. It’s a messy job, but as far as boat maintenance goes, this job deserves a place on the checklist!

Boat batteries belong on your maintenance checklist too: here’s how to keep them in great condition

If your boat is struggling to start, it’s probably one of two things: spark plugs, or battery terminals. Battery terminals are exposed, and metal, which makes them a prime target for corrosion. And corroded terminals aren’t the best conductors. To prevent corroded terminals, we suggest going over them with a wire brush, and coating them in dielectric grease.

Check the fuel lines: this is an important feature on boat maintenance checklists – espically for older boats

Finally, there is only one thing that is more prone to deterioration than exposed metal: rubber hoses. It’s well known that rubber hoses only have a relatively short shelf life. And if they’re out in the hot sun frequently, that will probably become clear. So before you hit the water, add fuel lines to your boat maintenance checklist. The last thing you want is a tank full of fuel leaking throughout your boat!

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