Owning a pontoon or other type of boat is a luxury that can provide one with years of entertainment. A new boat owner should be aware, however, that his watercraft will only live out its intended lifespan if it is well cared for and maintained. In addition to attending to any problems you detect on your boat immediately and seeking out the assistance of a boat services professional when necessary, there are a handful of proactive maintenance measures that you can take to prevent most major performance-related problems.
Your boat spends much more time docked than it does out on the water. Store your boat at a marina boat slip or in another suitable storage environment, and make sure that the lines you use to tie it up are securely fastened to prevent movement that may scratch the boat.
Even during times of the year when you are not using your boat, pay regular visits to the marina or garage in which it is stored. Inspect your boat’s exterior, interior, engine, and all other aspects for signs of anything that may require attention. It will be cheaper to repair now than it will be if your boat’s wounds are left to fester.
If your boat is stored far from home, you can kill two preventive boating maintenance birds with one stone by cleaning and inspecting it during the same visit. Wash and wax your boat at least twice a year to keep it in good shape.
Especially important in places with winters as cool as Maine’s, winterization of a boat is an essential form of preventive maintenance and protection. Regardless of whether you store your boat in the water or in a climate-controlled garage, it is important that you take proper steps to prepare all of its components for winter.
In late spring, summer, and early fall, Maine’s waterways are some of the most beautiful on earth. If you own a boat in or near Yarmouth and are looking for a place to store it during the winter and when not in use, call Moose Landing Marina at (207) 693-6264. In addition to an array of great storage options, our boat technicians can provide you with any repairs or boat services you may require.