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How often should you have your boat serviced?

Just like your car, you should have your boat serviced regularly by a professional. It’s the best way to ensure it’s running safely and efficiently. Looking after your boat also ensures it maintains its looks, along with its value.

Once a year or every 100 hours

Most boats require a basic service every 100 hours or annually. You should get it done by an experienced Boat or Marine Mechanic, so you can have peace of mind knowing everything is in good working order and there’s less likelihood of you end up being stranded out on the water due to an engine failure. Here’s a guide to boat maintenance:

Fix small problems

Be aware of your boat’s small issues. Make sure you get them checked and repaired before they have a chance of becoming costly major problems. That way you can enjoy spending more time out on the water. A regular service will help keep things in check, getting the electronics, batteries and steering tested and catching small issues before they escalate is the smart way to look after your boat, so don’t put it off.

Well maintained safety equipment

Safety should be every boat owner’s number one focus. You should regularly check the safety equipment onboard your boat. Make sure the necessary items are all there and ready to go incase of an emergency. You should have the following:

  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
  • Waterproof flash light
  • Flares
  • Lifejackets
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Working anchor

Extend the lifetime of your boat

Problems with your vessel might cause it to deteriorate rapidly, meaning you might have to replace it sooner rather than later. Proper maintenance, including a regular service is vital to keeping your boat going for longer.

Retain your boat’s value

When it’s time to sell or upgrade to a bigger boat, you want to make sure you get the best sale’s price for your current boat. So, it’s important you keep your boat ship shape, ensuring it holds its value. A boat’s value largely depends on its condition. Even small repairs, like torn or worn upholstery can make a difference to the value of a boat. For a buyer, the condition of a boat can indicate possible problems in the future, which can factor into how much they are willing to pay.

Getting your boat serviced regularly will help keep the value of your boat so you can get top dollar for it. Wyld About Boats at Arundel on the Gold Coast can help you maintain your boat’s condition. Call us on 07 5563 2223 to find out more.

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