SCHIEDAM – In the northern hemisphere, days are lengthening. Time to get boats shipshape. Whether your passion is offshore cruising, day sailing, fishing or watersports.
After 55 years of developing and making boat systems, VETUS’s portfolio offers freedom after a tough year and protection against surprise gear failures. Here is its checklist – and some tips – before you cast off:
- Change the engine oil
- Change the gearbox oil (TIP Dirt, humidity impact the gearbox functioning. Use new oil annually).
- Check the coolant level
- Check for leaks in the cooling system
- Check the V-belt tension
- Replace the impeller
- Check the propeller shaft for leaks
- Replace the oil and fuel filters
- Check if the battery poles have been correctly reconnected
- Check if the batteries have the correct voltage (TIP: use of a float charger during winter storage.)
- Check all electrical connections
- Check all electrical equipment
- Check tanks for leakages
- Check valves for leaks and functionality
- Check and clean water strainer (TIP: Use a cooling water strainer with a transparent cover for easy inspection of the filter without dismantling).
Boat care covers batteries, too. As a general rule, a battery lasts 6 to 8 years. Its lifespan is expressed in charge cycles, which in turn depends on the percentage of discharge. Not discharging too deeply and recharging in time extends a battery’s lifespan. This keeps the cyclical load as low as possible.
Remember: a battery has a self-discharge of up to about 3%. When not used, it’ll also slowly deflate. That’s why you should recharge your battery right after using it if you want to make it last longer.