3 Steps Toward Better Boat Maintenance

Whether you use your boat for skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, or other watersports, one thing is certain: boat maintenance is critical. Failing to maintain your boat properly can take years off the life of your boat and devalue a major asset. Here are 3 boat maintenance tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas that you can do routinely to keep your boat in great condition for years to come:

 

  1. Clean it After Each Use

 

We know…you’ve had a long day on the lake and the last thing you want to do is wipe down your boat. Don’t make excuses; just do it! Begin by hosing it down, then grab a long bristled boat brush and some quality boat wash to clean it thoroughly. This removes any debris from the lake or unwanted creatures, like zebra mussels, that can wreck havoc on ecosystems and corrode your boat.

 

  1. Evaluate the Propeller

 

Make it a habit of checking out the propeller before each and every boat outing. Visually inspect it for knicks, dings, or cracks, then several times a season, go ahead and remove the propeller completely to make sure there isn’t any fishing line that has been wrapped up and stuck in the propeller shaft. Any knick or crack in the propeller can wreck havoc on performance, so be sure to take your boat in to be serviced by the best boat service in Lewisville, Buxton Marine.

 

  1. Don’t Forget the Oil Change

 

A good rule of thumb in boat maintenance is to change your boat’s oil every 100 hours – or at least once every Spring before the boating season begins. Simply bring your boat into Buxton Marine Lewisville and we are happy to get that done for you with the best boat service in Lewisville, Texas.

 

As always, if you have any boat maintenance questions, give us a call at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas or Long Cove Marina in Malakoff, Texas!

 

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Lewisville Boat Maintenance: 4 Tips to Help Your Engine Last Longer

Most boat owners consider their boat – whether it’s a Nautique, MasterCraft, Supra, Tige, etc. – to be a valuable asset. And with the investment, comes the inevitable Lewisville boat maintenance.

 

Many customers at Buxton Marine ask us if routine maintenance is necessary, and the answer is certainly yes. It extends the life of your boat and helps your engine last longer. However, there are some simple things you can do on your own to prolong the life of your boat engine:

 

Get Out on the Lake!

This is an easy one! Sure, you might have seasons when it’s more difficult to do so, but running the engine is an essential – and simple – way to extend the life of your engine. When an engine sits cold for too long, the oil and lubricant drains off of the components, making everything a little sluggish. Just get out to the lake on a regular basis, and your engine will thank you.

 

Ease into It

We’re all in a hurry to get out on the lake, but be sure to idle your engine for a few minutes after cranking it to help the oil warm up. Warming the oil helps the engine run more smoothly, without any stress on the components. If you throttle it too soon while the engine is still cold, it just creates more stress that could leave lasting effects.

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Plan to Cruise the Lake

When your Nautique boat is in cruising speed, it’s in its sweet spot. The engine isn’t the least bit taxed and everything is humming along perfectly. When you spend an extended amount of time at full throttle, you may not immediately notice any effects because the hours of boat use are unaffected. However, it’s just common sense that hours on the lake that are at higher RPMs are going to produce more stress on the engine than hours that are at cruising speed. Your boat is designed to take the higher RPMs, just make sure you’re balancing that with time cruising.

 

Flush the Engine

We know it’s a pain, but routine Lewisville boat maintenance includes flushing the engine after each day out on the lake. This avoids corrosion from deposits in the water and helps keep everything clean.

 

Have more questions about Lewisville boat maintenance? Give Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas a call today! Our service team is happy to offer suggestions for prolonging the life of your investment, and as always, we’re happy to perform any boat maintenance you need.