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ollars to buy a boat, so naturally you want to use it for as long as you can. While yachts are resilient and built to withstand harsh conditions, they require essential maintenance and care. If you neglect your yacht, it’ll start showing wear and tear sooner and start giving you problems. One of the best ways to avoid this is to perform essential maintenance and take care of it.
You can use a professional service to get boat detailing done. But there are some things you can do yourself to keep your boat looking good and functioning well. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we recommend taking the following steps.
Find a Safe Place for the Boat
This is one of the most common mistakes yacht owners make. They just don’t pay enough attention to proper boat storage. Whether you’re putting it away for the winter of just storing it between trips, you need to make sure that it’s stored somewhere safe. While your boat is resilient, it can be damaged by exposure to too much UV rays, rain, snow, cold, wind, etc. Here are some points that you should keep in mind:
Indoor storage is the best option if you want to protect your boat from problems like sun, rain, and cold.
Even when you store your boat inside a garage, you should cover it with a tarp to protect it from the elements. That would ensure that your boat remains in good condition.
If you plan to store your boat outside, you should invest in a good, waterproof tarp that would protect it from the elements.
Inspection and Maintenance
It’s a good idea to inspect the boat thoroughly before and after you’ve used it. Inspecting the boat before you take it out into the water would help you avoid problems when you’re in the middle of the sea. Inspecting it after use would ensure that you conduct yacht repairs the moment a problem is spotted, before it has the chance to become worse. Here is a list of things that you should inspect and maintain well:
Motor – Inspect the motor carefully for rust or corrosion. You should also replace any worn and old hoses and belts. As a part of maintenance, you should flush your engine after every boating trip.
Bilge Pumps – These should be carefully inspected before and after every trip. Make sure that all of the electrical components are in order and have no corrosion. You should also test the float switches and check the alarms.
Oil – It’s never a good idea to venture out without checking the oil levels. If the levels are low, add more oil and make sure that the filter is clean and the oil isn’t dirty.
Other than this, you also should check the electrical system, propeller, and the hull. If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our yacht services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call at 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you.