Some maintenance tips to promote boat safety

Sharp Insurance & Financial Services, serving Ashland, KY, would like to remind all boat owners that maintaining your watercraft is an essential part of safety, just as it is with an automobile.

First, you should wash your boat periodically, especially if you use it in salt water. Salt corrodes and mars the metal parts of your boat, including fasteners. You should rinse your boat thoroughly after every outing and use soap. A marine boat wash is the best, but some use car wash soap or even laundry detergent, and a soft-bristle, long-handled boat brush.

Second, you should change the oil on your boat periodically. You can have this done at a local boat dealership or do it yourself. The procedure is similar to changing the oil in a car.

Third, you should inspect the propeller, if you have a stem drive or outboard boat, and make sure that it is not fouled with fishing line or anything else. Check it for nicks or dents, Apply waterproof grease to the shaft as needed.

Finally, during the off season, you should store your boat carefully to protect it from the elements. An enclosed, heated boat shed would be best, but you can also store it in a dry place and cover it with a tarp. If you have an outboard motor, store it carefully, using the instructions in your owner’s manual to prevent corrosion during the winter months.

A well-maintained boat is a good investment that will prevent expensive repair bills while on the water. For more information on boat maintenance and insurance, contact Sharp Insurance & Financial Services, serving Ashland, KY