The newest COVID-19 pandemic has affected pretty much all aspects of our lives, including travel. So, trains, buses, planes, and other means of transport that are usually used by more than a few people at the same time are no longer as attractive to people who worry about their health and safety. Instead, they would rather go on road trips with a few closest friends, or perhaps a boat ride far away from any viruses. However, in order to truly enjoy your sailing, your boat needs to be up to the challenge. So, here are a few basic tips on how to properly care for your boat.
Start with the engine
First things first, you need to make sure the heart of your boat is working as intended. So, inspect your engine before you set off. Oil levels should not be too low, as it could lead to problems when you least need them. You should also check for fuel and oil leaks, and don’t hesitate to call a professional if anything looks suspicious. Next, all the parts that move should be lubricated with an anti-corrosive, and you should also look for any signs of wear and tear. Finally, check if all the bolts are secure and tight.
Check your propeller frequently
If your boat has a propeller, it should be checked frequently. Always look for any signs of damage, and when you’re done with the sailing season, detach the propeller and look for any debris, gunk, fishing lines, and anything else than could have gotten trapped in the shaft. If you do notice anything that shouldn’t be there, take your boat to a professional who can inspect it more thoroughly and repair the damage.
Clean your boat surface
If you are a proud owner of a fiberglass boat, gelcoat maintenance is something you are probably already used to — or at least know quite a lot about. Gelcoat is what keeps your boat shiny and protects the fiberglass from salt, sun, and everything else your boat has to deal with in nature. The maintenance usually starts with waxing and/or polishing. This is something you should do before the sailing season starts, and you can simply wash away any salt or grime with a boat soap after each outing. Speaking of which, it’s also important to use quality products for this, like Undrdog surface products for boats, for example. This way, your boat is more likely to last for a while.
Keep it dry
You should always have a couple of dry towels on your boat so you can wipe off any excess moisture. This might sound odd at first — after all, you will be in the water — but not all parts of your boat are equally resistant to it, and not all water is the same. For instance, salt can corrode your boat, and morning dew can lead to mildew. Needless to say, if you do notice any signs of corrosion, especially inside your engine, don’t wait too long to replace the corroded part. This is also why it’s always advisable to have some sort of dry storage for your boat. In other words, when not in use, keep your boat dry.
As the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t seem to be going away as soon as we all hoped it would, and the whole world seems to be on some sort of metaphorical pause, you might as well make the best of the whole situation. So, if you have a boat, spend some time on the maintenance, make sure it’s in top shape, invite some pleasant company to join you, and enjoy your time in nature.