Have you always had a fascination with Australia's oceans and inland waterways? You know that you live in a paradise for watersports and have always had a yearning for the type of freedom that boating can afford you, even though you've never taken any action to get involved. Recently, however, you've been looking at the purchase of a boat and trailer, with the full intent of taking up this hobby at long last. You may be learning about techniques, opportunities and best practices as you seek to take full advantage of the upcoming season, but are you prepared for the less glamorous side of your boating hobby? Do you know what it takes to look after the vessel so that it gives you many a long hour of uninterrupted pleasure?
Why Attention Is Crucial
You could argue that the boat is a much less complex machine than a family car, but it nevertheless relies on several mechanical components and all of these will need preventative maintenance and periodic cleaning if they are going to last. Remember, the boat lives in a much more alien environment than the car and is subject to harsh conditions brought on by a combination of sea, salt and sun.
You simply cannot "miss" a recommended service without repercussions. While you might encounter some issues in the future with your car if you fail to change its oil on time, you're much more likely to experience a breakdown if you don't pay regular attention to your boat.
The engine is the key area to focus on here. Each one will have recommended service intervals specified by the factory and you should always adhere to those. Furthermore, you must change the oil and filter in any inboard motor and, if you have an outboard, will definitely need to flush it out with fresh water constantly if you are to avoid the buildup of corrosion inside.
Salt will really do a number on your new vessel if you don't take steps to counter it. Clean the fibreglass and all its trimmings often and take time to wax and polish the surface as well, whenever the boat is out of the water. It won't take long for this material to degrade if you don't do this and once you get past a certain point, it'll look very much the worse for wear.
Talking with Those Who Know
There are several organisations locally that offer marine services, so you should get in touch with these companies to help you make a success of your new pastime.