We’ve got 5 ways to care for your boat so keep reading to find out more!

Owning a boat is something many people dream about so if you’re lucky enough to have one, we’re sure it’s your pride and joy!

But if you’ve invested in a boat you want to make sure you can enjoy it for years to come which means looking after it.

At Mikes Marine, here are our recommendations!

1. Regular Servicing
Regularly servicing your boat is as important as servicing any other vehicle you own. You need an expert eye to spot any problems and get them fixed before they get any bigger.

Mike’s Marine is a Mercury certified workshop and has a combined 80 years of experience in boat servicing. Booking a boat service in Redlands is easy thanks to our boat drop off zone, along with our dedicated team of marine experts.

We only use genuine parts and we’re not limited to just mechanical parts either. We can supply or replace everything including life jackets, lighting and even sounders.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a boat, we also offer a boat inspection service including competitive finance and insurance warranty packages through Club Marine.

We reckon we’ve serviced around 18000 boats in our time and our customers come back to us because of the quality of our work.

2. Keep It Clean
Cleaning the exterior of your boat after use, isn’t just about making it look fantastic. If you don’t keep on top of cleaning it, the saltwater will start to cause scratches and abrasions on its exterior which can be costly to repair. Regular cleaning might be a pain, but it will save you money in the long run.

Another reason cleaning the exterior can save you money is that a dirty hull can increase fuel bills by as much as 30%!

In our recommendations for the 5 ways to care for your boat, we recommend cleaning the exterior of your boat which can help prevent the spread of invasive species. So taking the time to clean isn’t just beneficial to your boat, but also to the local habitat.
Oh, and don’t forget to clean the interior of your boat too. Regular cleaning of canvas and other upholstery will keep it looking good and stop fabrics eroding from the harsh saltwater.

3. Flush Your Engine
You must flush your engine after every trip you make no matter the type of water, you’re sailing in.

Saltwater can erode the aluminum of the outboard from the inside, so you won’t see the damage until it’s too late. However, in both fresh and saltwater, your engine will inevitably pick up debris like sand, dirt, gravel and seaweed.

Gravel and sand in particular can easily get into and block the motor’s cooling gallery and if it isn’t flushed regularly it can cause overheating.

4. Visual Inspections
Prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure. Get into the habit of regular visual inspections so you notice small issues before they become big ones.

The most obvious thing to look at is the integrity of the boat’s structure. Spotting cracks, dents and other damage early will save you money or even an emergency down the line.

Check linkages to make sure they’re not corroded and are properly greased as well as making sure wiring is safe.

Make sure your inspections include the motor for corrosion, oil and fuel for water contamination and your upholstery for algae.

If you see anything that needs attention, make sure you deal with it quickly or book a boat service with Mikes Marine.

5. Proper Storage
A boat is an investment you want to protect not only for your long-term enjoyment but also to improve resale value when it’s time to move on.

Proper storage is essential to protect your boat from inclement weather, particularly in the winter and if you’re not going to be out on the water for a few weeks.
Your storage should protect your boat but also allow for airflow otherwise mildew will build up.

We recommend having your boat thoroughly serviced before you prepare it for storage as you’ll save yourself a lot of work when it’s time to hit the water again.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 5 ways to care for your boat which was proudly brought to you by the experts at Mikes Marine.

If your boat is ready for a service then head over to our service page and we promise to give your boat the professional care and attention it needs and deserves.

Contact us today to find out more.