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The Essential Guide to Boat Maintenance

Basic Tools & Maintenance Supplies

Basic Tool Kit

The tool kit should be compact enough to be easily stowed, yet contain the tools typically required for routine maintenance and emergency repairs.
A good basic tool kit should be standard equipment on board any boat.

It should be in either a plastic toolbox or a canvas pouch.
Metal toolboxes should not be used as they rust and are more likely to damage the boat. You should pick your tools carefully. Carry only the tools you need to service your boat. This will vary somewhat, depending on your mechanical ability and your boating environment. The tools should be name brand tools of high quality.

Take care

Take care of your tools. Even high quality tools used in the marine environment tend to get rusty, particularly in saltwater areas. Rusted tools are frustrating to use and can damage hardware. Properly maintained tools are always ready for action and convenient to use.

High quality tools

High quality tools are drop forged and resist rust better than cheap tools. You should purchase your tools from a quality tool supply company or auto parts store.
Many inexpensive tools are of poor quality and will not stand up to the marine environment.
In many cases they are made of soft metal that rusts very quickly. Soft metal tools also can damage hardware by being softer than thefasteners or not fitting the fasteners properly.

The following is a list of 31 recommended tools for routine maintenance and minor mechanical emergencies.

  1. N1 Phillips Screwdriver
  2. N2 Philips Screwdriver
  3. Small Slotted SScrewdriver
  4. Medium Slotted Screwdriver
  5. Large Slotted Screwdriver
  6. Offset-Screwdriver Phillips and
  7. Slotted
  8. Medium Slip-Joint Pliers
  9. Medium Arch-Joiut Pliers
  10. Small Long-Nose Pliers
  11. Locking Pliers
  12. Small Straight Jaw Locking Pliers
  13. Multi-Purpose Wire Crimping Tool
  14. Small Diagonal Cutting Pliers
  15. Standard End-Wrench Set
  16. Basic 3/8" Ratchct Set
  17. Medium and Small Adjustable
  18. Wrenches
  19. 12-Volt Elcctrical Test Light
  20. Standard Nut driver Set
  21. Small Hammer
  22. Small Hacksaw
  23. Hex Key Set
  24. Small Round File
  25. Small Half Round File
  26. Sparkplug Wrench or Socket
  27. Sparkplug Gap Tool
  28. Utility or Jackknife
  29. Flashlight
  30. Electrical Tape
  31. Ice pick

Dockside Supplies

Some of the items suggested should be kept on board in case they are needed during minor emergency repairs while cruising. Other items on the list will be used only for routine maintenance and can be stored onboard or dockside in your maintenance kit or dock box.

The following is a list of 27 suggested maintenance-products.

  1. Marine wax
  2. vinyl cleaner and restorer
  3. plastic restorer and polish_
  4. Non-lemon pledge
  5. Metal and chronic restorer and polish
  6. Oshpo metal treatment
  7. Ivory Flakes
  8. Ivory liquid
  9. Fantastik cleane
  10. Mineral spirits
  11. Acetone
  12. Spray metal protector
  13. Silicone grease
  14. Teflon grease
  15. Petroleum jelly
  16. Glass cleaner
  17. Tef Gel
  18. Heavy duty CRC
  19. While Vinegar
  20. Bilge Cleaner
  21. Masking Tape
  22. Disinfectant spray
  23. Teak Oil Kit
  24. Engine Touch tip Paint
  25. Murphy's Oil Soap
  26. Scotch Britc Pad
  27. Marine Varnish

Boat onboard carrying

Are you ready for the next Outboard season

A little skill and a good Manual services allow yourself to perform engine maintenance.

before that autumn and winter - stop the engine for several months - work is a good time to make a thorough inspection.

Maintenance is not the same as repair work. This is the first difference

In principle, the engine user must perform the maintenance for which has the appropriate tools.

All manufacturers advise use of original spare parts(in some case supplied by it for repairs) of the same brand.

The key Factror of these councils is obviously customer loyalty to bill more, but the original spare parts offer the security of a good performance while unofficial supplied parts by other companies may not be identical.

Note: also It may may be a good reason to lose the warranty.

In all cases - it is major important to follow the builder steps of the boat or engine manuals.


In Fact, A sterndrive or outboard drive engines oil filter should be changed following the guidelines specified by the manufacturer.

Some "experts" recommend doing it every hundred hours of operation or once per season, but in some outboard expect this operation up to three years.

different manufacturers engines offer
oils for different engines and transmissions

For example, the E-Tec Evinrude technology It offers very long periods between reviews, which can be up to 300 hours or three years for a change spark plugs, greasing, inspections thermostat or revision of the water pump.

The oil must be changed at the end of the season, before storing, and not just before returning to sea.

From Thus impurities or drawbacks as consequences of the entry of water or other before faults.

To change the engine oil

It is advisable to Start the engine and let it warm up for the oil to flow better and drag the solid impurities that may exist.

To get ready for this minor engine maintenance process Stop the engine and drain the oil.

This can be done with a manual bilge pump or electric, but remember to have prepared a suitable container to the amount of oil.

Changing your own filter is relatively easy but surely contain dirty oil.

Sometimes ago lack a specific extractor, but it may be enough to beat him to unlock and rotated by hand.

As there is oil inside is necessary to surround yourself with with a plastic bag before to do this.

Clean-up contact points between the filter and engine. Apply a few drops of oil on board, Rubber new filter, screwing, but tighten them in the order shown in the manufacturer manuals.

Then Put the new oil in your engine, type and amount indicated by the manufacturer. Start the engine and Immediately check the pressure and oil leaks around the filter.

Stop the engine, check the level again and add to You may be missing, because when the engine will have filled up the filter and distributed in every corner.

Once this is done, you can remove the the boat from water. Do this before starting the engine, this would be left dry cooling system. On land this proces is more complicated, because it requires the engine to supply water cans or hoses.

Note: If you drain the oil from a engine then must be refilled; It is not appropriate to leave oil-free parts that are bathed in it, as air and moisture cause rusting

In some cases  - the anode is Also the helm
compensation, so that its alter wear the direction

if You Leave Your Boat in the Water remember to check zinc anodes, remember not to paint them or protect them in any way, because their mission is to destroy the defense of other metal parts - it's much more important and valuable.

Onboard Maintenance Spare Parts and Supplies

A carefully selected onboard parts and supplies kit can make routine maintenance while cruising convenient and provide you with basic supplies for minor emergency repairs. The spare parts should be stored in plastic boxes that are stowed in a dry storage compartment. Metal parts should be coated with a metal protector, wrapped in a paper towel and put in a plastic bag before stowing to reduce corrosion. Stow the cleaning supplies in a dry compartment as well.

The following is a list of supplies and parts that you should consider carrying boat onboard. This list may not include all the parts or supplies required for your particular boat or situation and you should consider carrying additional items unique to your boating situation.

Extra propellers, propeller nuts & shaft keys, thrust washers & propeller hardware

Spare bilge drain & live well/cooler plugs

Engine and transmission oil. engine coolant (freshwater cooled inboards and I/O) - 2 cycle oil for outboards

Hydraulic steering oil - Power steering fluid & tilt trim oil for I/O - trim tab fluid

Fuel line & fuel filters Assorted Hose clamps - 1/2" to 2" outboards - 1/2" to your exhaust hose size on I/O and inboard

Fuel line & fuel filters

Raw water pump impeller kit for each engine

Spare sparkplugs and ignition parts (contact you dealer or engine manufacture for ignition parts you should carry)

Water pump and alternator belts (inboard & I/O)

Spare main engine fuses (outboard)

Length of propeller shaft and rudder port packing (inboards)

Spare bilge pump and etc.

More useful resources and recommended products

Note:No products that work particularly well in the marine environment. Someof them are common household products that we all have used for years. I will be mentioning
the application of these products throughout this service boating guide.

Petroleum jelly - Used for protecting electrical connections, battery terminals, light bulb sockets, canvas snaps and some bilge components. There are other high tech products such as silicone and Teflon grease that will also work in these areas.

Oshpo® - Used for cleaning rust stains off stainless steel and gelcoat. It is also an excellent primer for rusted ferrous metal.

Boeshield ®-T9 - Used for protecting electrical connections, electrical components, engines and metal hardware in the bilge. Tends to stay on metal longer than many other pro- tectors.

Non-lemon Pledge * - Used for protecting and polishing clear vinyl curtains. A plastic glass polish will also work for this purpose.

Murphy's Oil Soap-1 - Great for cleaning vinyl, leatherette and acrylic plastic glass. It is a mild detergent that cleans well and will not harm leather vinyl or plastic.

Fantastic" - Used for cleaning vinyl, counter tops and general cleaning.

Ivory Flakes" - Used for cleaning canvas and acrylic plastic glass.

Aluma Guard® - Used for protecting anodized aluminum and stainless steel hardware.

Tef Gel®- Used to isolate and seal stainless fasteners from anodized and powder coated aluminum.

White Vinegar - Mixed with water and used to clean interior varnished teak.

Boat Cleaning Agents & Alternative -Think about the Ocean-safe products

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