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If you are a fan of boating, then you likely read the previous post about boat safety. This provided some great information on staying safe in the water. One of the tips recommended was to keep your boat in good shape, and with good reason. However, keeping your boat in good condition also serves another purpose - performance and enjoyment. After all, you aren’t going to enjoy a boat that can’t move in the water.

General Boat Maintenance Tips

If you own a boat and are looking for a general maintenance guide or are considering buying a boat and are interested in learning more about the type and level of maintenance you can expect to perform, Willburner has some information below to share to get you started.

It All Starts with a Clean

One of the most overlooked aspects of boat maintenance is cleaning. However, keeping your boat clean is one of the best ways you can maintain it and keep it performing.
  • Each time you return home from the water, take the time to give your boat a thorough clean, including the following:
  • Wash down the exterior your boat using clean water and gentle cleaning brushes or towels.
  • Wipe away any salt residue from paneling and controls
  • Using a cloth, clean away any salt residue from exposed cables and safety rails
  • Wipe down all furniture with a  damp cloth and ensure any material completely dries.

Oil Changes

It doesn't matter if you are driving an inboard, outboard, or a four stroke propellor, your boat's motor is going to need an oil change. Speak with a professional at Willburner by calling (772) 770-3448 to learn about the range of high-quality engine lubricants available for your motor, along with information on how frequently yours will need to be changed.

Some of the Fluids You Can Expect to Change Include:

  • Engine oil is the primary fluid in your engine and provides the same function as it does in your car. However, it is important you don't try and use the same product in each vehicle. Always choose a high-quality and marine focused engine oil.
  • Hydraulic Steering fluid works very similarly to your car's power steering, in that it lets you turn the wheel without visiting a gym first. If you feel like the steering is heavy or sluggish, this could be a cause.
  • Coolant, just like in any vehicle, works to keep the engine operating at a reasonable temperature. And just like a car, if a boat's engine is pushed too hard and the temperatures rise too high, the engine overheats, leaving you stuck without roadside assistance to come and help.


Just because you can't see any debris in the water doesn't mean that your propeller isn't encountering it. As you drive, small pieces of ocean debris can become caught in your propeller. Additionally, small logs or floating rocks can cause chips and breakages to your propellor. On top of being dangerous to operate with, the above instances both cause your engine to work harder to keep up with your power requirements. This can not only reduce the operating time of your engine, but also its lifespan. After each outing, thoroughly clean and check the condition of the propellor.

Electrical Items

As boats become more and more advanced, the technology inside them increases. These also require maintenance, so pay attention to items like these:
  • Check and, if necessary, replace any frayed wiring - exposed or not.
  • Check that each of the lights on the boat is functioning so that passengers can see clearly at night.
  • Give the battery a check and clean. Salt residue can build up and cause corrosion if not checked regularly.
  • Test that your radio equipment is working. In the event that you become stranded, this is the piece of equipment which is going to let you call for help.
  • Check you emergency beacons are functioning. If, as mentioned above, you need to call for help, these can be a great assistance to the coast guard when locating you.

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While each boat will require its own specific level of maintenance, these are great tips to get you started or to give you a general idea of what lies ahead. Just like any engine, its performance depends on the quality of the products you use during your regular maintenance. To keep your boat's engine in good shape, speak with Willburner at (772) 770-3448 to learn more about the benefits of switching to one of AMSOIL's synthetic engine oils.

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