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Spring is the perfect time to prepare your boat for the upcoming season. In this post by AMSOIL: AED Marketing Inc. in Pasadena, we’ll cover the essential boat maintenance steps you should follow to keep it in top condition. 

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Clean and Inspect the Boat

Cleaning your boat’s exterior should be one of the first steps in your boat maintenance routine, especially after being in storage or out of use for a while. Start by washing the boat's hull, deck, and superstructure with mild soap and water or a specialized marine cleaning solution. This will help remove any algae, dirt, and grime accumulated over the winter months. ​​Rinse the boat thoroughly with fresh water to remove all the soap residue. You can use a scrub brush or a fiberglass cleaner specifically designed for boats if there are any stubborn stains or discoloration.

Inspect the Boat’s Hull

Next, check the boat's hull for cracks, blisters, or other damage. Inspect the gel coat for any soft spots. If you find any damage, have it repaired by a professional. Additionally, inspect the hull's bottom for any growth, such as barnacles, and remove them with a scraper or special bottom cleaner. This is also a good time to ensure that your boat’s seals are functioning correctly and that the boat doesn’t have any dings or bends that need to be repaired professionally.

Clean and Protect the Boat’s Upholstery and Canvas

Protect your boat's interior from fading and harsh UV rays using a protectant specifically designed for marine use. Give your upholstery and canvas a good wash with a mild soap and water solution or a specialized cleaner made just for boats. Scrub away dirt and grime in high-traffic areas like seats and windows. Rinse thoroughly and let everything air dry. Lastly, apply your chosen protectant evenly, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Let it dry entirely before hopping back on board.

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Check the Boat’s Hardware

Inspect the boat's hardware, such as cleats, hinges, and fasteners. If you find any damaged parts, replace them and tighten loose fasteners. At this point, it’s also important to check the boat's steering system, rudder, and other running gear to ensure they are in good working condition. Examine the boat's lines and ropes, and replace any that are frayed or worn. Lastly, check the condition of the boat's fenders, ensure they are correctly inflated, and inspect the boat's dock lines to make sure they’re in good condition and of adequate length.

Service the Engine

Servicing the engine will allow your boat to work well throughout the entire boating season. Have a professional check the mechanical, fuel, cooling, and electrical systems. Also, have them change the oil and oil filter and replace the spark plugs and impeller if necessary. This is also an excellent time to check the boat’s belts for tightness and wear and replace them if necessary.

Test the Boat’s Battery and Charging System

Ensure the boat's battery is in good condition, and check the charging system to ensure it is functioning correctly. If the battery is not holding a charge, it may need to be replaced. Check the battery's terminals and connections for any corrosion or signs of wear, and clean or replace them if necessary. Check the battery's water level and top it off as needed. Test the battery's voltage using a multimeter or a battery tester, and ensure it reads between 12.5 and 12.8 volts when fully charged. If the battery voltage is low, it may need to be charged or replaced.

Clean and Inspect the Boat’s Propeller and Shaft

First, give the propeller and shaft a good cleaning and inspect for any damage. Make sure to lubricate the shaft and bearings for smooth operation. Clear away any debris from the propeller and check for dents, cracks, or other problems. If the propeller needs fixing, now's the time to repair or replace it. Give the propeller's nuts and bolts a quick tighten and ensure it's adequately centered on the shaft. Look at the shaft and ensure there's no corrosion or excessive wear. Check the coupling and ensure it's secure. Lubricate the cutlass as needed. Finally, make sure the stuffing box is tight and ready to go. By taking these steps, you'll enjoy a well-functioning propeller and shaft and a more efficient and performant boat on the water.

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