Common Signs Your Boat Needs to be Serviced

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It’s that time of year again when boat owners everywhere are preparing their vessels for the upcoming season. If you’re like most people, you probably do a quick check of the boat before taking it out on the water – but how do you know if it needs more than just a superficial inspection? Here are some common signs that your boat needs to be serviced:

Engine Runs Sluggishly or Has Low Power

If you notice that your boat’s engine is running slower than usual or doesn’t have the same power, it’s a sign that something is wrong. This could be due to a problem with the fuel system, ignition system, or something else entirely.

The last thing you want during your relaxing or adventurous day on the lake is for your engine to stop operating properly. If you’re not sure what the problem is, it’s best to take your boat to a certified boat mechanic to get it checked out.

Frequent Breakdowns or Problems Starting the Engine

Engine starting problems tend to be more common in cold weather, but if you’re having trouble starting your boat’s engine regularly, it’s a sign that something is wrong.

Check the battery to see if it needs to be replaced – this is often the culprit of engine starting problems. If the battery looks fine, there could be an issue with the electrical system or spark plugs. Again, it’s best to take your boat to a certified mechanic to get it checked out.

In very rare cases sometimes a boat refusing to start can just be a simple operator oversight. If the boat happens to be in gear when trying to start it you can easily trick yourself into thinking the engine is seized when it’s not. If you turn the key and nothing happens, check to see if the boat is still in gear before doing anything else.

Leaks Of Oil, Fuel, Water, or Other Fluids

Fluid leaks are never a good sign, either for the boat or the water.  If you notice any leaks, it’s important to identify the source and get it fixed as soon as possible.

A small amount of water leakage is normal for boats – especially when they’re first started up after sitting for a while. However, if the boat is leaking a lot of water or any other fluids, it’s a sign that something needs to be fixed.

Strange Noises Such as Grinding, Whining, or Rattling

If you hear any strange noises coming from your boat, it’s a sign that something is wrong. The best way to identify the source of the noise is to take it to a certified mechanic.

They will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and get your boat running smoothly again.

Make Sure Your Boat is Ready for Boating Season

Boat Maintenance is important to keep your vessel running properly and to avoid any unnecessary breakdowns or problems. If you’re not sure whether or not your boat needs to be serviced, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and take it to a certified mechanic. That way, you can enjoy your time on the water without worrying!

Happy boating!