Probably, what you know about boat maintenance is just the basics;
painting the bottom, pulling the tarp, checking the garboard drain plug and the expiration dates on the flares. In addition, you make sure that all the systems are in good working condition before you splash the boat. But, is that all there is to boat maintenance? We all know that preventative maintenance is the best way to get the most out of any boat.
A lot of things could go wrong with a boat. A small fishing boat may have pumps for the bilge, 10 separate DC electrical circuits, dozens of fittings, hundreds of fasteners such as nuts, clamps, screws and bolts. Aboard a big cruiser, it’s a different system altogether They systems of big cruisers are larger and even more complicated than that of small boats. Barring the uncommon superboater, who is a certified mechanic and electrician all combined into one, a lot of us won’t be able to repair everything.
If your zincs are white and cakey they are no longer protecting your investment. You may not be really skilled or have a lot of technical expertise up your ‘sleeve’. However, if you’re in need of diagnostic equipment or in lack of a shed full of tools, here are 8 easy checks that even new boaters can carry out for every trip. But for you seasoned boaters, this will serve as a good reminder as well.
We didn’t cover everything, but who can, when it comes to boat maintenance? However, if you make use of these tips given here and apply the principles behind them, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a smoother operation for your boat.
Seeing is believing they say!
But know that not actually everything that looks bad is really bad. For example, some corrosion can be normal. Use these checks to create your own diagnostic vision.
Know the ‘voice’ of your boat: You should be able to listen analytically to your boat engine’s clatter, knowing when all is well and when it’s not. This way, you’ll be able to dictate a problem very early.