Keeping Your Boat Afloat
Why boats break down, and how you can prevent this from happening to you.
As we all know, anything mechanical is going to require maintenance. And when it comes to boats, even more so than cars, it's imperative that you keep your vessel maintained to the highest degree.
Regardless of what size or type of boat you own, from the smallest dinghy to the largest floating Condo on the Water, maintenance is key to a long lasting relationship between you and your boat.
Not only will it mean the difference between having fun and not having fun but on a more serious level, lives are on the line. By that we mean that each and every trip out on the water holds an element of danger in it. Not only for you but even more importantly, for your passengers.
Let's face it, the chances of heading out on the water alone are extremely rare, let alone not the greatest of ideas. And that means your family and friends will likely be along for the ride. Which ups the ante when it comes to safety and a successful outing.
Now, we're not stating this to scare you but more so to make you aware of the inherent risks involved in the entire powerboating experience. And this is where a well prepared Captain can really shine. Or not.
Let's face it. Powerboating (or any type of boating) is serious business. And should be taken as such. Not only is it a huge investment in terms of money but your safety as well. And the safety aspect can be even more expensive.
10 Simple Solutions for the Most Common Boating Breakdowns...
You've seen the bumper sticker: A bad day of boating is better than a good day at work. Cute, but would you really feel that way if you were adrift 10 miles from the launch ramp, with a boatload of tired, cranky passengers and an engine that won't start? At that point, you don't need a slogan, you need a plan.
Sometimes, your only option might be to ask for help - either from a professional towing company or a fellow boater. But in most instances a well-prepared skipper can make the necessary repairs to get the boat back to port without assistance.
We surveyed a group of respected boat mechanics to come up with the 10 most common reasons boats break down, and then compiled a consensus on what it would take to save the day - and how to prevent future outings from premature endings.
Simply "click" on any of the Top 10 List items below and you'll be taken to a description of the possible problem, as well as a likely solution. And better yet, ways to help prevent that issue from occurring in the future.
We hope this List assisted you in your ability to remain calm in the face of possible "on the water" problems, helping to insure many a successful boating adventure.