Safe/Sea Boat Maintenance Tips
Corrosion is a common cause for many on-the-water disablements. Whether on the engine, the battery, or any other part, a little corrosion can spell out big problems when on the water. Here are some common problems and some tips from Safe/Sea Fleet Manager, Capt. Andy Casey.
Engines don’t like to be idle, even for three or four months during the winter. Aside from changing the oil regularly, winterizing your engine properly is one of the best ways to assure its mechanical well being.
It is not infrequently that we see a small fuel sheen on the water
surface near boats. Although it may be only a tiny amount from some
boats, the cumulative impacts can be devastating. Once in the marine
environment, oils and fuels have a tendency to accumulate in bottom
sediments and concentrate in marine organisms. These harmful substances
commonly enter the marine environment through improper engine
maintenance techniques and waste fluids disposal practices.
According to one industry expert, three times as many boat hulls are damaged by mishandling ashore than are damaged by accidents in the water. Some of the boats, like the ones in Illinois, are damaged suddenly when jack stands fail or when they tumble from a travel lift or are blown over in windstorms.