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Owning a boat requires regular work no matter how often you use it. It will ensure not only an impeccable appearance for your watercraft, but also its prolonged lifetime service. Here are five simple steps to keep your boat in the top condition:

● Wash regularly

● Check oil levels

● Ensure propeller is not damaged

● Remove any water

● Store properly

Wash Regularly

Washing your boat after an entire day out in the water might seem exhausting, but it is an important final step before the day ends. Saltwater and other residues will sit on your hull and destroy it if left uncleaned. Engine and propeller might also sustain damage. 

Check oil levels

Be aware of your boat’s engine oil levels and change it regularly. The general rule of thumb for changing the oil on a boat is every 100 hours of use, or once a year. Keeping the oil below the recommended levels or running the engine on dirty oil might severely damage or even completely wreck the motor. Change the oil yourself or have a professional do it for you.

Ensure propeller is not damaged

Check your propeller’s integrity several times throughout the year. They tend to chip, bend, and crack when faced with less-than-ideal situations such as a large underwater rock formation or hitting a sandbar. A damaged propeller can immediately reduce your boat’s power output by 10% or more. Broken propellers can also lead to engine and transmission break-up. Remove and replace the propeller at any sign of damage.

Remove any water

Removing moisture and water from your boat should come together with the cleaning after the use. Both the saltwater from the sea and the onshore fresh water can damage the boat. We have mentioned the deteriorating effect of the salt water on the boat’s hull and mechanical parts. Morning dew can promote the growth of mildew, which is aesthetically unpleasant and can produce a pungent odor. Keep dry towels on deck at all times to wipe down your boat’s parts of any moisture to ensure that it serves for a long time.

Store properly

How you store (or not) your boat will define the longevity of its service. Leaving your watercraft in saltwater full time can cause immense damage to the hull, as well as leave your boat exposed to the potential for becoming the home of barnacles, algae, and more unsightly aquatic pests. It’s important that you find a proper storage place for your vessel, where it is protected from harsh weather and any potential damage.

These five keys will ensure that your boat will serve you for a long time. For smoother rides and better sea experiences, contact Bering Marine at [email protected]. We offer center consoles, RIBs, hydrofoil boats, and another watercraft.