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Like cars, boats and yachts need regular maintenance to run efficiently. For over 20 years, our Marine Diesel Specialists in Fort Lauderdale and Gulf Coast Diesel Service in Punta Gorda have provided top-quality parts and services. With consistent marine inspections and our boat tips, you can keep your diesel engine running smoothly.

Clean Your Boat Exterior

Keeping your boat exterior clean is essential to keeping your boat running smoothly. Exposure to saltwater, heat, or debris can cause your boat exterior to oxidize or corrode. Dirt buildup on the upholstery can cause mildew or mold. Keep your boat clean and well-lubricated with soap and a scrub brush. Our diesel engine maintenance recommends applying a coat of wax at least twice a year.

Boat Maintenance Checklist

Our South Florida marine technicians have compiled a boat maintenance checklist to help you easily keep track of your water vessel.

  • Check your marine engine often for leaks or corrosion damage.
  • Look at your propeller for damage such as small dents or debris.
  • Check your battery at least once a year.
  • Check the bilge pump for debris that can cause clogs.
  • Inspect your marine electrical lines to prevent a fire hazard or malfunction.
  • Regularly change your diesel oil and oil filter typically once a year or every 100 hours. Refer to your owner’s manual. 
  • Inspect the hull for cracks or damage.  

Properly Store your Boat

Properly storing your boat or yacht protects it from weather-related damage or corrosion. You can correctly keep your water vessel outside, inside, or on the water. If you plan on storing your boat outside, use a covering such as a tarp. A covering will protect your vessel from the elements. If you want to protect your boat from the sun or heavy rain, consider renting indoor storage. If you would like to keep your boat or yacht on the water, many harbors offer boat storage in the water year-round. Read more about the benefits of wet vs. dry boat storage.

Regular Maintenance From Marine Mechanics

Scheduling regular boat maintenance surveys and inspections help keep your vessel running properly. Our expert South Florida marine surveyors perform thorough inspections by following a marine diesel engine survey checklist.  Our comprehensive marine engine service determines if your boat or yacht needs service repairs or OEM diesel parts. As an authorized MAN diesel parts supplier, we have a wide selection of high-quality OEM and MAN marine diesel parts.   

To schedule a maintenance inspection or to find certified diesel engine parts to accommodate your vessel, contact our marine diesel specialists.

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