Boats can last many, many years—even decades—most especially if their owners properly maintain them. If you happen to be a first-time boat owner, strive to do just that to help make your vessel last longer. Read on for some tips.
Use the right equipment
Boats are not your average motor vehicle, so they require tools and supplies specifically designed for them. For their cleaning and maintenance, for example, you should get cleaning agents, waxes, and anti-fouling paints that are for marine use. To patch up holes or cracks, use marine tapes and sealants. Plus, you’ll also have to use accessories like custom-made boat covers and stands for your vessel’s protection.
Do simple repair works
As simple boat problems have the potential to become major crises if not addressed immediately, it would come in handy if you know how to fix some of your boat’s problems. For instance, learn how to deal with rust to prevent it from spreading over a bigger portion of your vessel’s surface. That said, you should not tinker with something you know nothing about and instead ask for professional help to avoid causing further damage.
Heed weather forecasts
Bad weather can obviously cause serious damage to your boat, and this can happen both when you’re sailing and when your vessel is in the dock. Before sailing, be sure to check weather forecasts for conditions (wind, wave, and tide) and any storm system that can greatly affect your boat. Additionally, you should be just as vigilant when your vessel is docked, so you’ll know when to take it out of the water or bring it to a much safer place.
Strive to be not only a good sailor but also a responsible boat owner and do what you can to help your vessel last longer.