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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Boating Maintenance Tips

The upkeep of a boat, whether it be the family pontoon boat or your well used fishing boats, is very important through every month of the year. Regardless of the season, boat owners need to be mindful of the way they care for their boats. Here are some helpful hints to follow when it comes to maintaining your boat.


Pull the Drain Plug

Whenever you park your boat, it is important to remove the drain plug. When the boat is not in use, rain can easily fill your bilge and affect the boat’s mechanical functions, including the starter. Also, keep in mind that bilge pumps only work for short durations of time as they are powered by the battery.

Outboard Motor Care

Boats that are equipped with an outboard motor should not sit for extensive periods of time. When that happens, the fuel has a tendency to gel with the carburetor jets. To avoid that from occurring, add some stabilizer to your fuel and let the motor run for about 10 minutes. This protects your boat carburetor and provides it with longer life.

Check for Leaks Above the Water Line

While a leak above the water line is not as severe as ones below the water lines, it could cause problems. Every now and then it is a good idea to spray your boat down with a hose and look for any leaks near the windows and portals. Also, check for any cracks or crevices in the deck hardware, such as the cleats or railings. Be sure that the screws are tight and if there is a leak in the hardware remove and then reattach the item. This is especially recommended if you are considering a used boat for sale from anywhere other than a reputable dealer.

Use the Right Parts

It is inevitable that boating parts are going to go bad on your boat. When it comes time for replacement, make sure you use marine parts that have been approved by the manufacturer and do not try to substitute automotive parts. Finding the right parts is easy when you order through the specialist at New Hope Marine of Charlotte.

Routine Maintenance

Washing your boat after every trip can extend the life of your boat while the engine should be flushed after every usage. On bright sunny days, it is a good idea to open up all the hatches and windows. Airing out your boat will prevent the accumulation of moisture, mildew and corrosion.

New Hope Marine is the top provider of boating parts and services in the Charlotte area. Boating sales are also a specialty as New Hope Marine is fully equipped with a vast surplus of boating supplies to go along with a friendly and knowledgeable staff that is ready to help you.