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In our second post "Boat Status Checking", we wrote about what we must do and prepare Before Sailing, concerning the boat checking.
In this third chapter, we detail how and what we must check before go on board concerning the engines.
The engine and its compartment must be inspected for possible fuel leaks, cooling water or lubricating oil, checking the sleeves. Also is required to check the oil level and the good circulation of cooling seawater.
Don't access to the engine compartment when is running.
5 TIPS FOR PROPER ENGINE BOAT MAINTENANCE
5 basis points for the maintenance of your boat engine that will surely help prevent headaches.
1. Use antifreeze. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions, don't use always pure antifreeze, sometimes it's better to mix it with water.
2. Thermostat. Remember to put the thermostat in the correct position. A common mistake is that usually we install the engine thermostat with the sensor outside. Remember the sensor should always go inward.
3. Don't start the engine without water. You should never try to start the engine with the stranded boat without dipping it because this can damage the pump impeller.
4. Remember the Rinse. After each use you must clean the engine with fresh water for at least 10 minutes, it will remove any dirt that could be accumulated.
5. Change the oil. Change the oil. Remember to completely replace the old oil with new one, and do not mix, to ensure a correct handling.
Other points to consider:
- Check anchoring elements (anchor, carabiners and chain) and ensure proper attachment to the hull of the final end of the chain.
- Check firmly anchor brackets and fairlead or hawse passes.
- Grease and tighten the fixing outboard motor.
- Check battery and navigation lights.
- Ensure the power supply to communications and navigation equipment.
- Check the operation of the pumps and that the water supply is clean.
If there is a kitchen on board, review the installation of the gas pipe changing if it has expired and checking that the gas detectors work.
Follow these helpful tips for maintaining your boat engine and you will see a longer shelf life.