Small Motorboat On Still Water

SIMPLE REMEDIES TO SOLVE COMMON BOAT PROBLEMS

Boating enthusiasts will do everything to make sure their watercraft are in tiptop shape. Yet it’s also inevitable to experience some glitches along the way. I have come across a few problems that I learnt were quite common, so I am sharing my quick fixes.

SUDDEN AND UNEXPLAINABLE OUTBOARD VIBRATION

You might panic if you feel a strong vibration on the outboard while cruising along. Chances are, your boat might have caught a portion of a lobster pot or your prop might have been entwined with a fishing line. I have experienced this more than once. As soon as your motor shudders, make sure to turn it off right away. After a minute or so, you can check the propeller for snags. You also have to double-check to make sure there are no fine lines that passed through the prop and entered the shaft.

After making it towards the dock, you also make to make sure there is no damage to the prop seal by draining the lower unit fluid and inspecting it for water.

FENDERS CONTINUE TO POP OUT WHILE PARKED AT A MARINA

One of the common boat problems when parking your boat on a marina are getting dents and scratches. It’s really a challenge to keep your boat on non-floating docks. The simple solution is to get your hands on a set of fender boards for your boat. Fender boards are hung horizontally from a couple of lines located outside another pair of narrowly spaced fenders.

OVERHEATING DIESEL ENGINE EVEN IF THE IMPELLER IS NEW

If your engine suddenly overheats right after its launch even if you just brought it, your impeller might not be working properly because of an airlock. I’ve had this happen a number of times. To avoid an airlock, you just have to prime the pump before you start the engine.

INBOARD TRANSMISSION HOUSING IS RUSTING FAST

If you notice the transmission housing is being eaten by rust, saltwater is getting to it through the stuffing box. You can attach a short length of exhaust hose all over the stuffing box with stainless-steel hose clamps to rebound the spray into the bilge and prevent water from entering the transmission.

The other solution is to install a dripless stuffing box/shaft seal to address the problem.

Since you already shelled out a lot of money just to own a boat, knowing how to fix some common problems yourself can save you a lot of money. Boats cost money to run, that’s just a fact. I hope these easy fixes will come in handy for you and share any with me you have.

 


 

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John Steele
johnsteele@dinga.com.au

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.