October 1, 2019

Boat Maintenance

Proper maintenance is the key to enjoying your investment for many years to come

Of course we perform regular oil changes, tune-ups, and overhauls for almost all makes and models. But are you aware of how often these services should be performed and what items should be checked, replaced or maintained?

Here are the services you should be performing yearly


Performing winterization service on your boat will save you hundreds of dollars in future repair bills! Plus, you will prolong your boat’s life, maintain the boat’s value, and you will be sure your boat will be ready to go next season.

Winterization Service Includes:

  • Oil change and new filter
  • Stabilizing any remaining fuel in the tank
  • Circulating a stabilizing agent throughout the fuel system
  • Fogging the cylinders (coats the cylinder walls to prevent rust)
  • Draining all water from the engine to prevent any possibility of freezing, then filling the system with anti freeze to protect from freezing and prevent corrosion
  • Disconnecting the batteries (we do recommend that boat owners invest in a battery tender or minder to prolong battery life)

Yearly Spring Service

We call this our “Spring Service” and it should be performed at the start of each season. It’s important to have this work done and our authorized service technicians do a thorough job.

Yearly Spring Service Includes:

  • Impeller change (for most inboard applications)
  • Clean the fuel system (debris will have built up over the winter)
  • Maintain battery charge
  • Safety inspection (bilge pumps, hoses, clamps, fuel lines, lights, blower motors)

Every 100 hours you should have a tune-up!

This is what should be done every 100 hours you put on your boat:

  • Flushing the out drive with fresh fluid
  • Remove and replace the impeller
  • Oil and filter change
  • Replace the water fuel separator
  • Replace the fuel filter
  • Remove and replace the spark plugs
  • Replace the cap, rotor, and points as needed
  • Inspect trailer and service as needed