Yearly Boat Maintenance Schedule: What You Should Do
A boat is an expensive investment, and whether you store it in your yard or use indoor storage in Lake Elsinore, Riverside, Norco or elsewhere in Riverside County, or over in Orange County in cities like Yorba Linda, you need to do yearly boat maintenance. Such maintenance will preserve your investment and prevent problems from cropping up in the future.
Here are some important steps to take in caring for your boat:
- Check the prop, and make sure there are no entanglements from things like fishing wire.
- Change your oil twice a year, and make sure there is no water in the oil.
- Change your spark plugs each year even if they don't appear overused.
- Clean the battery (batteries) and make sure they're charged and filled.
- Check the operability of electronic equipment, including depth finders, GPS, radios and radar.
- Check the fuses and electrical wiring and replace and repair as necessary.
- Check the hull for stress fractures.
- Lubricate the steering and run a test to see it's functioning properly.
- Check the propellor for dings and to see if any blade is bent. You need to make sure the prop is balanced.
- Check the engine mounting bolts and ensure they are tight.
- Check fuel and oil hoses and fittings. Replace as needed.
- Check the fuel filter and clean/replace it as needed.
- Turn on your aerator and check its operability. Be sure there are no cracks.
- Ditto with the bilge pump. Check for operability and cracking.
- Check expiration dates on flares and fire extinguishers and replace as necessary.
- Check your trailer as well.
Again, a boat is an expensive investment, and a little forethought--and yearly preventive maintenance--will go a long ways toward safeguarding your investment. And remember, indoor storage adds an extra layer of protection from the elements.