Being a boat owner is definitely something to brag about. While your friends enjoy a day at the beach or a stroll in a park during summer, you get to spend the holidays sailing the high seas and basking in the warm glow of the summer sun. However, owning a boat isn’t all about summer vacations and bragging rights. Regular maintenance and proper upkeep are absolute necessities when owning a boat. This is to ensure that the boat stays in good condition and is able to function smoothly without mechanical issues. Failure to conduct routine maintenance and necessary repairs can cost you heavily in the long term. Therefore, here are some tips on how you can ensure that your boat stays in good condition all throughout the year.
Increasing its longevity
As most boats are often used during the summer and are left exposed to the elements during the colder months of the year, this can lead to structural and mechanical damage that could affect the longevity of the boat. As with all other vehicles, it’s extremely important that the engine remains in good condition to make sure that the boat can be used for a long time. For this, the oil in a boat should be changed on a regular basis so that the engine can run smoothly. The frequency with which you should change the oil in the boat will depend on its size and model, but the general recommendation is that it should be changed after every 100 hours of use or every 6 months. Another way of increasing the longevity of the boat is by protecting its hull and this can be done through sandblasting Sydney. This process contains a specialized compound that can protect the hull against the growth of marine organisms, corrosion and discoloration.
Protection against corrosion
It’s important that you wash your boat with freshwater after it has been in salt water as the residue in saltwater can corrode the boat’s engine, while also causing the discoloration in the boat’s hull. Another measure you can take against corrosion is applying a thermal arc spray Sydney. The metal spray will ensure that the boat is protected against corrosion and regular wear and tear and is also applied in a way that it doesn’t distort the boat’s existing metal surface. Regular washing and waxing is also essential in keeping saltwater and corrosion damage at bay.
General cleaning and maintenance
Most boats are equipped with a component that filters out seaweed and other debris called a sea strainer. Its function is to allow clean water to cool the engine. Therefore, to ensure that the engine getting a constant supply of clean water, this filter should be cleaned on a regular basis. When cleaning a boat, you should always use soaps and cleaners made specifically for boats in order to protect its finish.