May 11, 2018
Boat Maintenance Checklist: Are you Ready for Summer?
During the summer, there is nothing more enjoyable than a day on the water – and nothing ruins a day like that more like a boat breakdown.
As a licensed boater with your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, it is your responsibility to maintain your boat before you hit the water and throughout the season. By regularly inspecting your boat at the start of each season and before each outing, you reduce the risk of breakdowns and ruined boating trips. As a boat owner, you are also legally required by The Criminal Code of Canada to keep your boat in working order. So grab your tool kit and get ready for some hands-on boat maintenance!
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- Boaters should inspect their boat’s hull and bilge. If any part of the surface is cracked or is leaking it could cause your boat to start flooding.
- Regularly check the status and working condition of your boat’s outdrive, which includes the shafts, the propeller, and the nuts & pins.
- All fueling, electric and cooling systems should be checked for proper operation
- If lines or hoses are worn or broken, replace them immediately.
- Make sure your throttle control is in proper working condition.
- Electrical connections throughout the boat should be checked on a regular basis to prevent the risk of electrical fire. Immediately amend any loose or frayed connections.
- Double check that your navigation lights are in working order, as they act as your turn signals when boating in poor visibility.
- Your engine’s flame arrestor should be inspected and cleaned with soap and water, this will allow more air into your engine.
- If necessary, replace your engine oil. Gasoline engines should have their oil changed every 100 hours of run time.
- Check and replace any filters if necessary, including i your air and fuel filters.
- Check that your boat still has its charging capacity by running your engine and checking that the gauges and alternator are fully operational.
- Your battery should ideally hold its charge for 24 hours, so make sure you check its condition, especially if you are planning on going for a long day trip
If you have any questions about these procedures or are unsure of how to do them yourself, you should take your boat to an authorized marine dealer for servicing. Once everything is checked off your list you are ready to go. Dust off your hands and go out for a spin, you’ve earned it!