The majority of boats on the water today are smaller, owned by individuals looking for a good vessel to take out on the weekends for fishing trips. In fact, as many as 95% of boats on the water in the U.S. are less than 26 feet in length — boats that can be towed by a vehicle to local waterways. Even if you're not using your boat terribly often, keeping track of maintenance is important throughout the season. Use these tips to maintain your fishing boats and keep them in top condition all season long.
Frequently throughout the boating season, be sure to wash both your boat and any boating accessories you may use on a regular basis. While this might seem like common sense, many people assume they can skip on regular washes since they're taking their boat out on the water. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Regularly washing, cleaning, and caring for your boat can help it last longer overall, as well as giving you a chance to notice any signs of damage on the exterior of your boat. If you do see any signs of damage to the exterior of your boat, schedule time for repairs as soon as possible.
Just the same as in your car, the oil needs to be regularly changed in your boat to keep it running properly. Stick to a schedule as much as possible to ensure you don't miss any oil changes. Every make and model is going to be different, so if you don't know how to properly change the oil on fishing boats or pontoon boats, it's best to have a professional take care of it. This will help you avoid causing accidental damage to your boat while attempting to change the oil.
After a longer boating trip, it can be tempting to just walk away without properly drying your boat off. However, leaving any part of your boat wet once it's out of the water can be potentially harmful. Water can be corrosive, and leaving your boat wet can lead to rust on vital parts of your boat. Even if all the metal parts of your boat are dry, water trapped in closed spaces can allow mold to grow, reducing the lifespan of your boat's components.
While you should be checking all major components of your boat each time you're about to hit the water, one of the most important maintenance steps for fishing boats is checking the propeller. Any damage to the propeller should be addressed immediately since a broken propeller will lead to strain and damage to other parts of your boat as well.
Proper boat maintenance throughout the season is essential to keeping your boat running smoothly for as long as possible. For more information on fishing boats and boat maintenance or to check out fishing boats for sale, contact Lakeside Motor Sports today.