Read through ASIS boat maintenance tips to
learn best practices for responsible boat maintenance and care.
Not only will proper boat maintenance extend the life of your
boat and reduce the need for costly repairs, but it also helps
ensure boating safety for all those aboard.
1. Cleaning & Care
One of the keys to boat maintenance is also
one of the simplest- wash your boat regularly. Not only does
routine cleaning facilitate a more pleasant and organized
environment, but it also goes a long way towards counteracting
the long-term effects of environmental wear and tear. Routine
waxing and use of anti-fouling paint can also help protect your
boat from the elements. You may also want to consider using
environmentally-safe products for your boat maintenance
Special Cleaning fluids are available
for proper care of Inflatable tubes. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
TO PROTECT AND CLEAN YOUR TUBES WITH THE CORRECT CLEANER.
USING THE INCORRECT CLEANER CAN SEVERLY DAMAGE THE LONG
TERM SAFETY AND AESTHETIC LOOK OF YOUR TUBES. For ASIS'
recommended cleaning products, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a myriad of finer points to keep
in mind when it comes to boat maintenance. The best way to
ensure that you have all the bases covered is to follow a
professional checklist. Please refer to the ASIS CHECKLIST.
PLEASE REFER TO THE ASIS OWNERS MANUAL
FOR SPECIFIC CHECK LISTS THAT WILL ASSIST YOU. ALSO NOTE
THAT ASIS ALWAYS RECOMMENDS AND ADVISES PROPER QUALIFIED
TRAINING PRIOR TO GOING TO SEA.
3. Proper Mooring
One of the most common ways a boat can start
to show scratches and damage is not only from when it’s in use-
but from when it’s being docked. Make sure lines are securely
fastened in place, neatly coiled, and do not show signs of
breakage or wear.
4. Battery Care
Depending on the type of battery your boat
uses, check to ensure that it is properly charged and that it
has the correct fluid levels. Also be sure to keep your battery
clean, as dampness and dirt can also drain your battery.
5. Routine Inspection
Proper boat maintenance means being actively
involved in, and attuned to, all aspects of your vessel. This
means keeping an eye out for everything from loose fittings to
fraying ropes to any other areas of your boat that may need
special attention or replacement. Many times, damages incurred
to a boat could easily have been prevented by following a
preventative boat maintenance routine.
6. Boat Motor Maintenance
Follow best practices for both inboard and
outboard motor care. Be sure to flush your engine after every
outing, and check everything from your fuel tanks to clamps on
your fuel line for rust, damage or corrosion. Also be sure to
check your oil both for correct levels as well as proper
filtration and cleanliness. Last but not least, keep an eye on
your engine’s cooling system to make sure it’s functioning
YOUR MOTOR MANUFACTURER REPRESENTATIVE
SHOULD BE CONSULTED REGARDING REGULAR SERVICE INTERVAL
CHECK UP PROCEDURES THAT MAY NEED TO BE DONE.
Boat maintenance doesn’t only mean paying
attention to your boat when you’re actively using it during the
warm weather months- you also need to be sure to protect your
boat through an effective winterization routine.
Another crucial aspect of boat maintenance
is ensuring that your bilge pump is functioning properly.
There’s much that can cause more irreparable damage to a boat
that having it sink. In the event that you need to use your
pump, you’ll also want to make sure that your battery system
contains enough power to support running the pump for a
prolonged period of time.
THIS IS A SAFETY CRITICAL PROCEDURE.
9. Electrical Component
Many boating failures occur as a result of
corroded electrical systems, so keeping electrical components
dry should be a regular part of your boat maintenance routine.
Electrical fittings can be protected with a water-repellant,
non-conductive grease or corrosion inhibitor.
10. Tube Repair
Your ASIS boat comes with an emergency
repair kit. Please download HYPALON REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS for
more information on the correct repair of your safety
11. Consider a Boat Cover
Making an investment in a boat cover can
help keep your boat clean and free of a variety of contaminants
that aren’t just related to dirt or water- falling leaves and
bird droppings can also cause a lot of damage if left
unchecked. A boat cover can also prevent UV rays from breaking
down hoses or fading carpets and upholstery. A Full Length Boat
cover is available as well as individual motor covers, tube
only covers as well as a combination of both.
12. Stay in the Know
Last but not least, responsible boat
maintenance means taking the time to familiarize yourself with
all aspects of boat care. Consult your owner’s manual for
in-depth guidelines. If you’re new to boating ask your ASIS
representative for helpful tips on training courses and other
pertinent maintenance issues.
REMEMBER: A BOAT THAT IS WELL MAINTAINED
IS SAFE AND EXTENDS YOUR ENJOYMENT TIME ON THE WATER. ALSO,
REST ASSURED THAT YOUR INVESTMENT IS IN ITS BEST POSSIBLE
CONDITION AND WILL ENHANCE YOUR TRADE IN VALUE IN YEARS TO
COME. A GOOD BOATER IS A SAFE BOATER.