Boat maintenance, as a whole, is actually quite similar to automobile maintenance. There are a few basic items that require constant maintenance which the owner normally takes care of, and a few items that require maintenance at regular intervals which some owners deal with but most people leave to the professionals.
Custom vessel builders review all requirements by the customer and evaluate the overall condition of the boat giving them a detailed outline of what is required to bring the boat up to date.
Easy Ways You Can Maintain Your Boat
The most basic maintenance tasks are simply keeping things clean and, where appropriate, well-lubricated. This has a huge impact on a boat.
The fiberglass gel coat, for example, will oxidize and turn chalky if you don’t wash and wax it regularly. So the basic boat hull maintenance chore with any fiberglass boat is washing and waxing.
Dirt that sits on canvas and upholstery allows mold and mildew to attach and grow, so again, regular cleanings are very important.
After a day out on the water, other than cleaning the boat and lubricating parts as necessary there aren’t many maintenance tasks you need to worry about.
One important task, however, is flushing your engine after boating in saltwater.
Most boaters leave annual boat care and maintenance chores, like changing engine oil, lubricating fittings, and painting the hull bottom, to professionals. Boat trailer maintenance is also commonly left to the pros, since you have such an important item riding atop that trailer.