Basic Boat Maintenance Tips |

May it be a big cruiser or a small boat, there’s one thing that every boat needs: Maintenance. Fortunately, routine maintenance and even small repairs aren’t that tough. In the long run, a little elbow grease will definitely pay off.

The first and simplest task is to wash your boat regularly. This needs to be done every after outing to remove all that salt water residue. Also, a boat with a clean haul bottom is more fuel efficient than a boat covered with algae or other aquatic scum. A dirty hull can easily add up to 30% to your fuel consumption.

A long handled brush and a spray wand make the job pretty easy. To protect the boat’s finish, make sure to also use soaps and cleaners that are made for boats.

Just like cars, boats need to have their oil regularly changed. The frequency will depend on the model. But a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every hundred hours or atleast once every year. It is strongly recommended to use marine grade oil in boat engines.

Boat engines work harder than car engines and regular automotive oil isn’t made to protect your marine engine. If you have an outboard or stern-drive boat, you should check the propeller as part of the pre-launch routine. Use a deep well socket to make sure the propeller nut is nice and secure.

You also have to remove your propeller several times during the season to make sure your discarded fishing line hasn’t become wrapped around the propeller shaft along with other aquatic debris. This can cause gear case leaks and is something that requires professional attention.

Conduct regular checks on the propeller as the smallest dent can reduce your boat’s performance up to 10% and burn more fuel than normal.

There are more maintenance procedures than the ones mentioned above. It is all fun and adventure until problems occur so every boat owner needs to understand this before buying a boat.

At Pleasure Cruising Club, we take care of all of this for you. Members do not have to worry about maintaining the boats. We offer on and off service and get the boat ready for every outing and clean it afterwards. We also keep track of engine hours and replace/upgrade components regularly.

If maintaining a boat sounds daunting and too much work, but you still love to enjoy cruising every now and then, perhaps a membership at Pleasure Cruising is the right one for you. Contact us for a quote and let’s create wonderful memories in the water without worrying about maintenance and repairs!

(Tips from Keith, the “boating guy”)