Best Practices for Taking Care of Your Boat

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Buying a boat is a very big expense for most people. This is why you need to go into this purchase with both eyes open. You need to be completely aware of the responsibilities that are required to own a boat. This is not simply a toy that you can take out on the water on the weekend or whenever you have some free time. You will need to learn some things in order to ensure that you and everyone who gets into your boat are safe. Many boating accidents occur every year because people are not equipped to handle certain situations that run into on the water. Do not be one of those people. Here is some advice for boat buyers that could possibly save your life and those of your passengers.

1. Learn how to repair your boat engine

You do not need to become a master mechanic for boats. However, it will benefit you greatly if you take the time to find out how the engine of your boat works. Learn how to make basic repairs by yourself without the assistance of a mechanic. This skill could come in very handy if you ever find yourself stranded on the water without the ability to call for help. You should not always depend on others to rescue you in the event of engine trouble or some other mechanical problem. It would also be a good idea to store some replacement parts for boats on board so you will have them available if you need to make an emergency repair.

2. Learn how to clean your boat

Your boat's engine is not the only thing you will need to take care of. It is also imperative that you clean the hull of your boat on a regular basis. Failure to complete this task will result in a host of problems that will lead to the premature deterioration of your vessel. There are classes you can sign up for that will show you the most effective methods to clean your boat.

3. Be mindful of the weather

Taking your boat out in rough weather is a mistake that could be fatal. You must always pay very close attention to the weather reports if you are thinking about taking your boat out. It is essential that you err on the side of caution if you suspect that there will be rough waves.

23 comments:

  1. Great info for boat owners. I haven't been on a boat in about 25 years :)

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  2. This is a great resource for those who own a boat. It's been a long time since we last went went boating.

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  3. I am so not a boat lover...in fact not a large body of water lover....I am so chicken...LOL. Great advice for persons who own or plan to own boats though

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  4. No boat here as no water nearby. My husband would love to own a boat though.

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  5. Learning basic repairs is a good idea no matter how you travel.

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  6. Not once did I ever think of buying a boat, but it sure would be cool to have one! I reckon, maintaining it is just the same as maintaining a house. It's really a lot of work. Thanks for the tips!

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  7. taking care of boats are a lot of hard work. i have helped friends before and kinda makes me glad i don't have one myself

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  8. Boats can be hard to maintain and like you said it is important to know the basics before you invest.

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  9. A lot of boat owners would love to hear this thanks for the tips.

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  10. Those are wonderful tips! This would be helpful for boat owners, especially if they are beginner in using boat.

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  11. My husband would love to have a boat, not only to go fishing but enjoy on a nice day with the kids.

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  12. Great tips! I don't own a boat..so I never thought that those are important. Thanks for opening my eyes :)

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  13. These are some really great tips for boat owners. My sister owns a couple of them and I'm going to send her your link.

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  14. Very interesting! My family has always owned boats but I don't know anything about them haha this seems like a great set of skills to have if you do own one though.

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  15. I would love, love, love a boat. But, the upkeep seems like so much work. I think I am too lazy for it.

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  16. These are very helpful tips in taking care of the boat. We have small boat and also pedal boat we use in our pond.

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  17. Thanks for the tips. Might come in handy for me very soon. Will keep this bookmarked.

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  18. I will have to share this post with my auntie as she has just bought a canel boat

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  19. Love all your info! It's my dream to own a boat!!!

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  20. I have been on a boat but I don't own any.. the pic looks familiar. I think it is a location in St. Maarten.

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  21. Sounds like it's a lot of responsibility. This has taught me that I need to make friends with someone who owns one. ;)

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  22. We live by the lake and everyone asks when we're getting a boat. NEVER, they're so expensive and so much work. But just in case we do, I'll have to go back to this post for tips!

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  23. Having a boat is one of our family's dream. Your post is definitely perfect for those who already have one. Thanks for sharing!

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