Labor Day signals the end of summer, and the end of boating season. But that doesn’t mean it is time to forget about life on the water! Instead, take the time to stay safe during your last few times out and properly care and maintain your vessel. Standard boat maintenance and a bit of elbow grease can go a long way in extending the life of the boat. Here are a few tips to help!
- Regularly wash your boat. Especially when boating in saltwater, it is important to rinse off the potentially harmful salt with freshwater. It also helps fuel efficiency to remove algae and other aquatic scum from the hull.
- Change your oil at least once a year. Like a car, frequent oil changes will extend engine life.
- When storing your boat, remember that fiberglass can be harmed by sitting out in the sun. If it’s possible, store or cover your fiberglass boat during the offseason.
- Repair or replace any damaged equipment now so that your boat will be ready to go come next season.
- Open up hatches and doors to let the boat air out before storing to prevent any mildew, corrosion, or rot.
- Remember to drain all water tanks and pump non-toxic antifreeze through any and all water carrying systems.
A well cared for and maintained boat will last longer and give you far less headaches in the long run!
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