Boat Maintenance Checklistlccmedia
Now that spring is finally here and the sun and warm temperatures sure to follow, it’s a good idea to make sure your sterndrive engine or outboard motor is in top running shape. Below is a boat maintenance checklist of some items to review before taking your boat out for the first time this season. If this list confuses you or you’re not sure of what something is… stop what you’re doing and contact us.
“ It’s also a good idea to consult your owner’s manual for boating maintenance guides specific to your boat model. ”
BOAT MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST:
Cables, Belts & Hoses
- Always check for cracking that may have occurred during winter storage.
- Control cables with cracks or swelling on the outer layer may indicate need to replace. Belts should fit tightly around the pulleys to prevent slipping. A worn belt may have a black substance near the pulley & also may fit loosely.
- Charge your battery and test it so you can be sure it will hold a charge. Electrical systems should be routinely inspected by a qualified technician. Review electrical connections for cleanliness and tightness.
- Check for corrosion which is often a sign that the connection may not be safe. Remove terminals and use a wire brush to clean connections and cable ends. Use dielectric grease on all connections.
Propellers & Hulls
- Inspect propellers for damage. Verify the propeller is properly secured.
- If you experience unwanted vibration, poor performance and damage to the propulsion system, your prop may be damaged & need to be replaced.
- Inspect the Hull: look for cracks & distortions. Clean the outside of your boat using an environmentally-safe cleaner.
- Check your fuel lines for damage. Signs of damaged hoses can be either cracking, hard hoses or very soft hoses. Remember to check fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces.
- Insure clamps and fitting are secured.
- Ensure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are also all functioning properly.
- Check all fluid levels including
- Engine oil- Change the oil if this was not done during winterizing. Include a new oil filter & change drive lubricants
- Power trim reservoir
- Power Steering Fluid
- Life jackets need to be in good condition It’s important for passengers to have access to the correct size life jacket for their body weight.
- Onboard fire extinguishers must be the correct class for your boat, fully charged.
- Inspect trailer wheels, verify that tires are inflated to proper level.
- Check that trailer straps are not worn and are holding properly.
- Verify that your trailer is the proper size for your boat.