Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Used Pontoon Boats - Preventive Maintenance

Hi gang, Rick here at Used Pontoon Boats. Now that the Pontoon boats have become a very popular boat and have a wide range of clientele, there is also a need for the owners to understand how to go about the maintenance and repair of the boats. As these crafts are in the water in a slip almost right through the year, it is very essential to carry out annual servicing and maintenance work to keep them functioning properly and in a work worthy condition. It is very important for the boat owner to know what steps to take towards maintaining his boat and doing preventive maintenance to ensure the well being of his boat.

A new owner should know what to look for

There is a checklist which every owner should maintain and cover all aspects according to the time that this particular function expires and has to be rechecked again.

One of these functions that should be checked annually is the outboard motor. Other annual check ups are to be carried out on the spark plugs that might have to be changed, the cylinders should have a check with regard to compression, an annual water pump replacement, the lower unit would require a pressure test, a change of oil again on the lower unit, and ensuring that no cracks have developed on the fuel lines.

All the fittings should be greased amongst all the other checks that are carried out. If these jobs are carried out diligently it will cut back on the work to be done finally and also save you a lot of money by way of preventing unnecessary work to be done because of wear and tear.

Ensure that a leak is repaired immediately

With consideration to the maintenance of the boats, you cannot ignore probable damage in this area, because there may be a lot of trouble areas that could be overlooked and missed.

Several leaks may come up in the boat without the boat actually hitting a submerged article. Just the wear and tear of daily use could cause a leak to develop in a pontoon boat hull sometimes. The leak on a Pontoon boat should be seen to immediately, as the collection and seepage of surplus water would add up more weight to the boat, and this in turn would put extra strain on the motor because of the added weight. This would not only increase the fuel intake of the boat, but also take a toll on the overall performance of the boat.

The unfortunate part is that to locate and do up a leak in the boat you would need to call for professional help of a service organization, as specialized gear is required to take care of this problem. Sometimes you may be able to fathom this problem by yourself. This could be noticed especially if one pontoon sits at a lower level the water than another. This would happen if there is extra water collected which has to be removed and the leak repaired. Your boat should be checked for leaks at least once in two years by a professional boat repair person.

These are some of the key areas that one should keep in mind for preventive maintenance care. There may be several other issues too that need to be seen to but the overall idea is to ensure that there is no major work due to the negligence of timely maintenance.

Used Pontoon Boats, By Cathy Henry and Rick Ostler
Used Pontoon Boats-North American Waterway

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