Boat Maintenance in the Spring
With the help of my old man, Moondog, we managed to pull my boat out of the garage and get it ready for action this weekend. A few maintenance tasks were on order and all went well without any suprises…until I got to the boat landing. We changed the oil and filter as well as the lower unit lube.
A couple years ago I picked up a tip somewhere when changing the oil on my honda. The first time I changed it, I let the oil fall right down the lower unit and it left a lot of cleaning to do. After picking up the tip, I’ve been using it ever since and it saves an oily mess (or at least makes it less of an oily mess). I forgot to take pictures while I was doing step by step, so I snapped a couple pics after I changed the oil.
For me, I have a hydrofoil fin and just a little bit of guidance helps almost all the oil find the pan without getting all over the ground and the lower unit. I would recommend trying this for sure.
Clean the battery terminals for poor connections.
Grab a screwdriver and tighten any loose screws throughout the boat.
Check the navigation lights and trailer lights.
Check the pumps.
Good luck fish’n
Brad – @SonarFish
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.