Basic Yearly Boat and Trailer Maintenance and Inspection
- Check the coupler on the trailer. Make sure all parts move freely and are rust and crack free. Lube as directed in owners manual.
- Inspect trailer jack and wheel. Lube pivot shaft and wheel if necessary.
- Check all running lights.
- With the boat off the trailer, inspect either bunks or rollers for excessive wearing, broken board, torn carpet, or loose or missing bolts.
- Both bearing and brakes if applicable should be serviced by a certified mechanic yearly.
- A good coat of wax once or more a year will help in both looks and longevity of your trailer.
- Check the level of electrolytes in all batteries. Add only distilled water and fully charge after every use.
- Check battery post for corrosion.Inspect fuel systems for any odors, leaks, or deteriorations.
- Do steering systems work smoothly both ways? Grease the steering cable if needed. Look for any loose bolts and signs of breakdown.
- Inspect navigation lights for corrosion and make sure they work properly.
- Inspect bilge and aerator pumps to make sure they are also working properly.
- Do live wells drain properly?
- Check intake screen for obstructions.
- Check the horn.Are drain plugs installed and tight?
- Check trolling motor pull cord if applicable. Look for fraying or cuts. Replace if you see any visible wear.
- Is prop secure and void of cracks or deep nicks? Replace if necessary.
- Is the fire extinguisher in good working shape and secured? Replace if there is any doubt!
- Are life jackets and throw cushions in good shape?
- Check each one for tears, and replace as needed.
- Clean and wax all parts of the boat. It not only makes your rig look better but will help in its resale if done on a regular basis.
- Check anchor rope for wear or aging. Replace as needed.
- Do you have a basic tool kit onboard?
- Make sure all tools, fuses, and bulbs are accounted for and in good working order.
This article was written by Randy Patzner. Randy is a certified Mercury mechanic who has worked at Starks Sport Shop in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin for more than 20 years.
Posted on Tue, December 29, 2015