Regular Yacht Maintenance ensures a long life for your engine, electronics, propeller and hull.
1.) Smoothness and efficiency of the engine:
The engine is the most important component of any mode of transport, it provides movement, which makes a box of storage into a locomotive. Diesel engines are much preferred in water and also in trains due to their efficiency and their ability to produce more torque than a gasoline engine. A properly maintained engine tends to burn less fuel, produces less harmful pollutants and is much more more reliable. An engine failure in the middle of nowhere is one of the last experiences you might want to have, taking care of you engine proves to be much more cheaper than just repairing when a problem arises. Manufacturers always give proper service charts extrrnally or in the manual together with some very good tips on how to take good care of your vessel, and these must be carried out dutifully.
2.) Life of electronics
Owning a boat or a yacht was never easier, present technologies have allowed amateurs like us to leave the shore and not worry about calculating our position or weather because these tiny computers do it for us. Imagine, going out in the sea with nothing but a sextant and a compass, considering if know how to use them, the chances of your return before dinner are fairly slim. Electronics fitted in a vessel is made to withstand rough conditions what’s not so tough are the batteries, don’t let them sit for the complete season especially if the temperatures are too extreme. Take them out, thoroughly clean them, lubricate metal terminals and bolts, charge them up, and store them somewhere safe.
3.) Corrosion prevention
Rust on a boat is a very unpleasant sight and sometimes is downright scary. Rusting or corrosion is a process where metal reacts with moisture and air to produce a different colored substance that is very weak, this weakness can result in fatal accidents if not taken care of properly. This can be easily prevented as the reaction is vey slow, rusting takes place when a metal is in contact with air and moisture for a very long period of time. The solutions and preventions might be slightly different for peoole around the globe due to the factors like water salinity and temperature. Keeping in check of moisture on all the metal parts including aluminium using a set of towels is easiest. Cleaning your boat every two weeks helps greatly the collected dust has a high affinity for water.
4.) Hull strength
The hull together with the propeller are the two major parts of a boat that are always in contact with water. In time barnacles and other forms of algae can develop on the bottom. Having the hull cleaned involves a diver cleaning the hull from the water line and below to ensure all barnacles and other forms of algae and marine life are cleaned from the boat. The diver should also ensure all running gear below the water is free of barnacle growth. In warmer areas, this should be done within a time period of two-three weeks as marine life develops quickly under heat.
A propeller may seem a simple component but it also needs regular maintenance. Check the propeller before use for any obvious damage, scratches and algae are very easy to spot but spotting dents can be tough. In a regular time period throughout the season, carefully detach the propeller with help from a friend and look for any debris, fishing line or gunk that may have gotten trapped in the propeller shaft. If there is a lot of junk, or if your propeller shows any signs of serious damage like dents, then take your boat into a shop for a closer look. One way to spot dents is by measuring the length of each blade with a measuring tape, a difference in the length indicates a dent.
Last modified: August 12, 2019