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Ongoing Boat Maintenance Tips

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September 9, 2013
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My boat sees water time from April to November. Although the bookends of its season contain a healthy chunk of maintenance, there are also plenty of regular duties I do to keep my vessel running in top shape. These chores are preventative, part of regular upkeep, and a component of a servicing schedule. The following are a few important boat check-up tasks to keep in mind throughout the season; this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Check trailer tires air pressure, top up as needed

  • Inspect trailer tires and replace damaged ones

  • Grease wheel bearings as needed

  • Verify trailer lights are in working order every time you tow

  • Inspect all tie-downs and winch straps for wear, fixing as needed

  • Audit all trailer connections (screws, bolts, springs, etc), ensuring tight and secure

  • Treat trailer rust and repaint as needed

  • Inspect boat covers frequently, sewing up tears and replacing broken snaps

  • Check all boat screws and connections, tightening as needed — recommended areas include: floor, seats, cleats, console, rod holders, trolling motor bracket, etc

  • Check battery connections, top up levels (if required), ensure battery box is secure

  • Inspect trolling motor for wear, including wiring connections, plugs, as well as removing the prop and cleaning out tangled fishing line and weeds

  • Empty, clean and air-out storage compartments periodically, or after a soaking, to prevent mildew and mold growth

  • After rainfall raise trailer jack and drain excess water when storing a boat outdoors

  • Examine fuel lines and gas tank, replace damaged parts immediately

  • Audit and replenish low supplies for first aid kits and boat repair tool box

  • Check expiration date on products and gear (e.g., fire extinguisher, flares, etc) and replace if required

  • Survey boating gear for wear and tear; fix or replace as needed — common items to inspect include: anchor assembly, rope supplies, drift socks, paddles, life vests, boat bumpers, and so on

  • Clean sonar screens and install software updates, if available

  • Vacuum boat and wipe clean interior and exterior

  • Inspect bilge pump and remove any debris, like fishing line
  • Give main motor and steering assembly a once-over, and refer to owner's manual for tips and scheduling of maintenance, fluid top-ups, and so on


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Tim Allard

Tim Allard hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He's a full-time outdoor journalist and author and photographer of the multi-award winning book, "Ice Fishing - The Ultimate Guide" (2010), which is also available in French under the title, "Pêche sur glace". Tim regularly contributes to numerous North American print and online publications. For more information visit

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