Boat Maintenance Tips

Getting the boat out for the first time this season?

Below is the handy list of some things to check before getting out the water.

Should you be uncertain of how to perform any of these maintenance steps, be sure to check with your boat mechanic. It is always a good idea to have a certified mechanic check out your boat before your first time out on the water. This could prevent ruining your entire outing or vacation. Click here for more information on our trained outboard and sterndrive mechanics.

MechanicBoat Maintenance Checklist

Outboard Motors:
  • Spark plugs must be replaced
  • Inspect plug wires
  • Verify gear lube is adequate
  • Inspect tank, fuel lines, and primer bulb
  • All movable parts should be lubricated
  • Check prop for damage
Water System:
  • Flush water tank
  • Check water system and pump
Electrical System and Components:

Check:

  • All navigation lights
  • Battery water level
  • Terminals for corrosion; clean and lubricate
  • Gauges for operability
  • Electronics for proper operation
  • Bonding system
  • Recharge/replace batteries
  • Inspect all wiring for wear
  • Insure you have spare fuses
  • Insure you have spare bulbs
Trailer

Verify your registration is current and obtain required paperwork or stickers.

Check:

  • Brakes
  • Tire pressure
  • Tire wear
  • Rollers and pads
  • Test lights and electrical
  • Safety chains
  • Tongue lock

Lubricate:

  • Winch
  • Wheel bearings
  • Tongue jack
  • Wheel