Just like that, it’s Spring time already. Time has flown and suddenly it is Boating season! You will probably be getting busier with the good weather and next thing you know it will be Christmas.
You are probably excited to get your boat out into the open water. But before you get that engine running, make sure you go through all your proper pre-season maintenance checks! In this guide, you will find a standard boat maintenance checklist, as well as helpful tips like getting a new Bigvee bow stopper.
You want this boating season to be as smooth and worry-free as possible, so it’s best to prepare as thoroughly as you can!
Things you need to check for
The boat itself
Do a once-over on your boat to check for signs of damage. The hull, of course, is one of the most vulnerable areas of the boat, so you can start with that one. Check for scratches and dents and perform a percussion test to the hull bottom.
Do the same wear-and-tear check on sections such as the propeller and shaft, bearings, seals and hull fittings. At this stage, you want to save checking for function for a later time. You just want to spot any external signs of damage. Things you can look out for are signs of corrosion, water damage, wiring damage, or any degradation of the items’ material itself.
You want to make sure that your batteries work at all times. Keep them charged and ready to go. And even when batteries are charged, there may still be hiccups along the way due to other issues like faulty wiring or problems with voltage, so check for those as well.
Once your batteries are all set, try starting up the engine. Make sure it contains sufficient oil and coolant. You may want to use motor-flushing ear-muffs for this as well. Once you get it to rev up and stay revved for a little bit, that would then be a good time to check for fuel leaks. Also, while you’re testing the engine, see if the gear shifts work.
Listen closely to your engine so you can pick up any unusual noises. If you hear something strange, or even when you simply feel in your gut that something is not quite right, it’s best to be proactive and have it checked by a boat mechanic as soon as you can.
Lights and electrical equipment
Checking that your electrical equipment works does not only ensure your boat is in tip-top shape, it’s also a safety measure for you and others onboard. So, make sure that lights, pumps, gauges, monitoring systems, alarms, and spark plugs are in order.
One way to know that your water pump impeller needs repair is if the water discharge it produces does not seem consistent. Your engine may have collected sand or mud when you tested it out in the shallows, or it could be that it’s simply aged and just needs a bit of tending to.
Fuel and fuel lines
You want to check that your fuel has not been contaminated with water or become stale after a long time of not being in use. You also want to make sure that your fuel tank has not collected moisture. If these issues do come up, simply replace them with a fresh helping of fuel. But to avoid this from happening in the long term, add a fuel stabiliser if you need to store your fuel.
Also, check that your fuel lines are still in good working quality. If they look brittle or if they show any cracks, you may be in the clear for now if the damage does not look too threatening, but, as always, it’s best to be proactive and replace them.
Inspect your drive-on boat trailer
Wheels, tyres, and bearings
Wheel bearings may have signs of corrosion. Axle stub bolts and wheel nuts may not be sufficiently greased. Tyres may not have enough pressure in them or may show signs of ageing. Check for these issues and respond accordingly. Check the boat is supported well and that none of the rollers or skids have slipped down and out of place. Be sure the rollers all look to be in good condition.
Bigvee bow stopper
If you do not already have one, fit a Bigvee drive on bow stopper. This large V-shaped bow stopper will catch your boat when you drive it onto your trailer to ensure parking accuracy.
Brakes and lights
A standard maintenance step for any driver of any vehicle, check for brake function in a safe place and test the lights work to ensure maximum safety while on the road.
Boat enthusiasts trust Bigvee to help them take care of their boat
Oftentimes, unsuccessfully driving your boat onto your trailer is itself the cause for wear and tear. Be proactive and avoid maintenance costs in the long run by installing a Bigvee bow stopper onto your trailer.
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