Boat Motor Getting Maintenance

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BOAT ENGINE LAST LONGER

Everyone wants to make the most out of a purchase, especially if you paid good money for it. Whether you bought a new laptop or your very first car, prolonging the life of an asset isn’t out of the ordinary. When it comes to boats, though, the engines can cost you a lot if you don’t maintain it properly. And, as they say, prevention is better than the cure. Here are five easy tips on how you can make your boat engine last longer.

WARM UP THE ENGINE

Have you ever wondered why people always say they’re going to ‘warm up the engine’ before you drive off? It’s not just a saying or form of superstition. It’s because the warm oil flows better than cold oil. If the oil doesn’t flow right, it can impede the protection of engine components. It can even damage them if you don’t warm it up.

So, the next time you go boating with friends or family, don’t let them pressure you into immediately switching to drive before your engine has gotten the chance to warm up. That one simple act can make a huge difference in your boat engine’s life expectancy.

FLUSH THE MOTORS

It’s easy to forget or purposely put off flushing the motors after a long and exhausting day of boating. However, laziness or neglect can lead to damages on your engine in the long term.

If you want to make your boat engine last longer, flushing the motors is absolutely imperative, especially if you boat in saltwater. Your engine can suffer harm if you allow the salt deposits to stay inside. The act of flushing can help minimise corrosion, and it’s important to do it while your motor is still running. The moment you can’t taste the salt in the exhaust stream anymore — which can take several minutes — you can stop.

CHANGE THE OIL

Boats are like cars — they need their oil changed every now and then as well. The frequency of oil changes depends on your boat’s model, so it’s crucial you know these details. You can consult with a professional when you’re in doubt. However, the general rule is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation.

Check your boat’s oil level before you start your engine. As an added precaution, use your fingers to wipe the dipstick to get a feel of the oil’s consistency. If you detect any solids in there, there may be a problem with your boat or its parts.

KEEP IT ON CRUISING SPEED

It’s certainly tempting to go full throttle when you’re out in the water. You get that feeling of freedom and adventure that you’ve always craved for. However, you must keep your boat’s engine in mind.

Increasing the speed can put a lot of stress on your engine — and stress is probably the last thing you want to feel yourself after a long day of work. Even if you’re excited to get back home, it’s best to keep your boat at cruising speed. And maybe next time, you can just leave a little earlier in the day.

DON’T LET IT GO IDLE

There are definitely going to be times when you don’t feel like boating — that’s completely normal. However, you mustn’t let your boat waste away. When you don’t run it on a regular basis, you risk shortening your boat engine’s lifespan. A good solution is to turn on your engine every once in a while, especially during off-seasons.

An engine running on gasoline can typically run for 1,500 hours, while an engine running on diesel can last an average of 5,000 hours. But, as you can tell, it’s not that difficult to make your boat engine last longer. You must follow these simple steps to get the best out of your engine. After all, the price of having it repaired or replacing it completely can be steep.

 


 

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John Steele
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John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.