December 31, 2017

If you trailer your boat, jack up your trailer and spin the wheels every six months or so. Hear grinding? Check the bearings and brakes. A little bit of prevention goes a long way.

December 30, 2017

If a belt deflects too much under hand pressure between pulleys, either it needs replacement or the equipment needs to be repositioned and retightened, or both.

If you'd the belts on your vessel examined for wear or adjustment, call us today at #MarinerServicesInc. at...

December 29, 2017

In Area #1, make sure there is enough thread above and below the nuts on engine-mount studs to allow for future adjustment. Vibration and settling can cause misalignment.

In Area #2, Motor-mount studs should be centered between the mount base’s fasteners. Mounts should...

December 27, 2017

We see this quite a bit, particularly on vessels more than 10 years old. Inspection bowls for filters and sea strainers can turn cloudy, making them useless. You need to see at a glance what’s going on. Clean them with soap and water. If clarity doesn’t return, order r...

December 25, 2017

Just because a boat looks clean, doesn't mean it's well-maintained. Time and again, we see owners who are meticulous about washing and polishing their boats, but pay far less attention to the internal workings.

Maintenance is not a task most of us enjoy, but a little bi...

December 24, 2017

You might notice that the bilge pump seems to be working overtime. Or you suddenly notice the boat feels heavy and seems to be filling with water.

Solution: Assuming you remembered to insert the transom drain plug (hey, we've all forgotten that at least once), and you d...

December 23, 2017

The Belt Broke....

You probably won't hear the sound of a drive belt breaking over the general engine noise, but you will know something's wrong when your overheat warning light comes on, or your voltage meter shows that the alternator isn't charging. Having a broken be...

December 22, 2017

The faster you try to go, the worse the vibration is. You might also notice the engine racing, while the boat loses speed.

Solution: Something's likely gone wrong with the prop. A nick or gouged blade can create imbalance and vibration; a towrope or fishing line can sna...

December 20, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're addressing the 7 Deadly Sins of vessel maintenance:

#1 deadly sin is “Procrastination and Neglect.” Environmental buildup – soot, carbon, dirt, mildew, mold, green scum – can damage your boat quicker than you think. Gelcoat, woo...

December 19, 2017

It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're addressing the 7 Deadly Sins of vessel maintenance.

#1 deadly sin is “Procrastination and Neglect.” Environmental buildup – soot, carbon, dirt, mildew, mold, green scum – can damage your boat quicker than you think. Gelcoat, woo...

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