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, wood, isinglass, and plastic are all porous, and once they become impregnated it can sometimes be nearly impossible to clean them without ruining the surface. Neglecting maintenance will reduce the value of your
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 belt is a scenario unique to inboards and I/Os, and one that can shut you down in hurry. Without a belt intact, you'll have no alternator or water pump.
Solution: There's a lot of info out there on rigging a temporary belt by usi
It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about your vessel's through-hull fittings. Every through-hull fitting in your boat is a potential hole that could sink you in a matter of minutes. Although they are out of sight and, at times, difficult to get at, through-hulls need careful routine checking, at minimum every three months. Many through-hulls such as engine-cooling intakes and sink or cockpit drains, tend to be left open continuously and the valves may stick in
Boating Tip of the Day Keep a few pieces of blackboard chalk in with your tools on board. Chalk absorbs moisture and keeps rust away. Chalk is also obviously good for temporary markings. #chalk #rust #maintenance
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Had a call last week from a boat owner who swears that his boat's engine oil level has been getting progressively higher over the past month, and he hasn't added any oil to the crankcase. If the oil level in your engine keeps getting higher, it might mean that water is getting into it. If the oil is turning a foamy milky brown, it's a definite.
If you have any questions regarding your boat's engine oil levels or condition, call us today at#Mariner
It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about the importance of cockpit drains and scuppers. One cannot escape the marine fact that boats take on water. Whether from ocean spray, rain, wet things and people, water gets onto the deck. Most of the time it can be sluiced off easily, but in the cockpit this water tends to puddle without proper drainage. In these cases, a clear scupper and cockpit drain can help redirect that water back into the ocean where it belongs.
It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're talking about how to make your boat's metal shine.
There are many quality cleaners and sealants available for keeping the chrome and stainless steel on your boat protected, shiny and bright. After applying a light film of marine chrome or metal cleaner on your rails or metal surfaces, let sit for about 15 to 30 minutes. Then, wipe off with a clean cloth. After cleaning, you may also want to apply a quality wax sealer/protectant to c
It's "Maintenance Monday" and today we're addressing oil changes in all marine engines, excluding two-stroke outboard motors. Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by model but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year.
Unfortunately, there aren't any quick change oil shops for boats, so you either have to cha
It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about what to do after a great day in the Gulf of Mexico with your boat. It’s no secret saltwater can wreck havoc on a boat’s hull, engine, and its mechanical and electrical components. With the exception of fiberglass, the fine salt particles will stick to the metal, where it promotes rust and corrosion. In addition, it can also settle into small spaces where it expands and crystallizes, damaging things like zippers and fast
One of the most neglected systems on a boat is the exhaust. You want your engine purring, and all the lights to work when you hit the "on" switch, but your vessel's exhaust system(s) need periodic checks as well, and should be on your monthly maintenance checklist. Exhaust systems carry a lot of water; check all fasteners, supports and plumbing to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as sinking.
If you'd like us to give a thorough examine to your boat's exhaust syste
Mariner Services, Inc. is here to help you with your boating questions. If you have any maintenance questions, please feel free to submit them on our "Contact" page. We may feature your question on our Maintenance Monday.