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Boat Maintenance Procedures Commonly Overlooked by New Boat Owners

Last updated 5 years ago

Many new pontoon boat owners become so caught up in the exhilaration of owning their own boat that they neglect the most basic maintenance procedures. While groaning at the sound of the word “maintenance” is a perfectly natural reaction, boat maintenance is not nearly as bad as you may think. Here are some of the quick and straightforward boat maintenance procedures you should take to keep your boat in tip-top shape.

  • Wash: New boat owners commonly make the mistake of neglecting to wash their boat. Before passing it off as unnecessary, consider that a clean hull bottom makes for a more efficient boat and significantly reduced fuel costs. Therefore, washing your boat is more than aesthetics—it’s practical. Pay a visit to your local marina store to purchase a soft sponge and marine soap to clean the exterior of your boat.
  • Rinse: Any time you take your new pontoon boat out into a saltwater area, be sure to rinse it thoroughly with fresh water upon your return. Boats accumulate salt residue that is capable of eating away at the exterior of the boat. Thus, rinsing your boat with fresh water is an essential step in reducing the likelihood of damage and minimizing the impact of saltwater.
  • Change Oil: The thought of changing your boat’s oil can be daunting. Yet, by following some simple steps, it’s actually not too difficult. Begin by warming up your boat’s engine, and then, turn it off once it’s warm. Next, drain your oil and subsequently replace your filter and drain plug. Finally, fill your engine with fresh oil and get back out on the water. This simple boat maintenance process should be conducted on a yearly basis or roughly every one hundred hours of use.

If you’re interested in buying a new pontoon boat to enjoy on the water in gorgeous Naples, contact Moose Landing Marina. Call us today at (207) 693-6264 to learn about our wide selection of new and used pontoon boats. 


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