Summer Boat Maintenance
Think all you need to do to keep your boat in tip top shape is winterize it in the fall and de-winterize it in the spring?
Think again. Your boat actually needs ongoing maintenance in the summer to stay in good condition. Follow the tips below to make your boat last and preserve this significant investment.
Check and clean the hull at least once a month. Left unattended, the hull can become clogged, leading to problems with vibrations, black smoke, and inability to run properly.
Install a carbon monoxide detector
to notify you of any leaks in your exhaust system. This will help you remedy any potential issues before they become problems.
Lube the steering and shift linkage
each summer. The last thing you want is for your linkage to rust and jam on your next outing to the islands.
Summer is a great time to check and repaint your mooring lines to ensure your boat is anchored securely throughout the year.
After a weekend of cruising the lake, make sure to
clean and service your strainers. This will help prevent clogs in your water systems and ensure they are clear and free to run without obstruction when you are back at the lake.
Make it a habit to
check your coolant when filling the gas tank. Ensure there is a 50:50 ratio of coolant and fresh water to keep your engine running properly.
Don't forget to
check your engine, oil, filters and ignition at the beginning and end of the summer season.