4 Basic Yacht Maintenance Tips

  1. Service your diesel marine engine

Diesel marine engines are the lifeblood of our boats. Hence, quality engine oil is necessary to keep your boat or yacht running in optimal condition. DO NOT buy the cheap ones. Think about it this way, would an athlete produce his best performance eating junk food all day?

For new engines, we recommend changing the oil after 50 hours this because diesel engine should run in and small particles can get into the oil. After the first oil change, it depends on what the manufacturer states in the operation manual. A good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year.

  1. Check your propeller for anything wrapped around

Every alternative month, we recommend removing the propeller to check whether anything is wrapped around the shaft. If you do find anything, we recommend having your deal inspect your gear case for any leaks.

  1. Inspect your propeller for nicks, dents and other signs of damage

Dents, nicks and chipping off can cause your boat to lose power thereby consuming more fuel.

  1. Clean your vinyl upholstery

What’s the best way to clean vinyl upholstered comfy cushions on your boat? Well, do NOT use strong cleaners that contain bleach or ammonia. They may produce immediate results but they will damage the vinyl over time. In fact, Routine cleaning can be done with a sponge and a bucket of mild, soapy water, followed by a thorough rinsing.

Deep cleaning can be done with a purpose-made vinyl cleaner, and followed by applying vinyl protectant. Once you’ve restored your dirty vinyl you should repeat the light cleaning and protecting process for about once a month.

At some point you’ll likely have to contend with mildew staining on your vinyl, no matter how well you maintain it. If you do have mildew staining, consider lightly scrubbing in a vinegar solution of diluted in hot water, as this will not stain other fabrics on the boat. There are also mildew removers available at your local marine supply shop, but we’ve had varying levels of success with them that are not at all consistent.
While all this work may seem intimidating, none of it is impossible. Your take-away should be that consistent maintenance is the best way to prevent your boat from becoming a list of endless projects. There is nothing better than kicking back, relaxing on the water, and enjoying the beauty of your well-maintained yacht.

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