3 simple tips with a big payoff

Maintaining your boat doesn't have to be daunting. There are a few things you can do on a regular basis to help you keep your boat in top shape. To keep it simple, here are three tips that will have a big payoff in not only your cruising pleasure, but also when it comes time to sell.

1. Keep a maintenance log/service record

As the owner and as a future buyer, it is important to keep a record of all work done to engines and systems aboard your vessel. The maintenance log doesn’t have to be fancy but is very valuable to have, especially when transitioning to a new buyer. A used vessel that has an historic story to tell is a huge benefit during the selling process and can provide insight to all the work done to the vessel.

Link here to download a simple maintenance log that you can customize for your boat (Excel)

2. Clean drains

Run a 1/4 cup baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar (or enough to dissolve all the baking soda) through the drains aboard your boat. Let the chemical reaction work for you to clean your drain and break down any blockages. Flush with very hot water. Do this every 3 month and your have clear, odorless pipes and drains.

3. Wash line organizers on your sailboat

Spray fresh water at line organizers and blocks to remove any salt residue (and sand!) that collects over time. Ensure that cars on the mainsail are clean and lubricated using a dry lubricant designed for this purpose and in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using the transom shower, spray hot water in the Spinlocks clutches to clean any salt built up.