deck and hull cleaner, or use Dawn dish soap as it is
environmentally friendly. Dawn might leave a residue behind, but you can purchase
the right cleaning supplies right here at R&M Marine, Inc.
For stains and
grime on your seats use a good quality cleaner, spray and let soak then take
your Magic Eraser and start in! Follow the cleaner with mold cleaner/killer if needed,
then wipe everything off with plain water and let dry. Next use a vinyl
protector, like Surface Guard. This will help keep the elasticity in your
vinyl. If you have any teak wood on your boat, make sure to
clean first, then follow-up with some teak oil for the up and coming season.
Finish off your boat with a nice coating of wax for the fiberglass and polish the metal.
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Inspect your Hull
is the time to look over your boat, paying close attention to the hull, look
for scratches, gouges and blisters. These things are most important to
get fixed if at or under water line. Check your bellows (rubber part
where the drive connects) if they are hard replace right away. While
spider cracking may occur above water line this is not that big of a deal.
However if you have a Wake Tower look around itís base, if there is spider
cracking there, this could be a issue. Bring it in for reinforcements to be
checked. If your boat is an outboard make sure your bolts are tight and no
dry rot noticed. Check your anodeís to make sure they are corrosion
free, if not take a wire brush to them. If there is major pitting call R&M
Marine, Inc. for replacements (this is most important for moored boats).
If you banged your prop the prior year it is a good thing to have R&M
Marine, Inc. check for prop shaft to make sure it isn't bent. Check for
frayed ropes, missing fenders, window leaks, safety equipment (NOT OUT OF
DATE), lights inside and out. Also, if you have a cabin, make sure
hose clamps and fitting are on and not getting corroded. This is
also a good time to go through your tackle box
and clean it out.
When was the last
time you replaced your impeller - (Water Pump)
is made of neoprene, this will become brittle
over time, and can allow
breakage. If your water
pump fails to pump water, you may an expensive
overheat or have to get towed in. Don't let it
be you, don't risk your motors, it's an
expensive fix if you blow your motor, so just
get your water pump done today! That way you
wont waste your boating time, trying to get the
motor replaced, or rebuilt... Once the water
pump is done write down the year it was done
then you know, and in three years you should get
it done again.
Other Things to do
battery on a slow trickle charge for optimal charge, make sure terminals are
clean and corrosion free. Do your oil change if you not in our program (we
encourage our customers to do oil change/GP service at time of Winterize to
save your pocket book). Make sure all your hoses are connected inside the
motor or Call R&M Marine, Inc. and schedule your Drive-up Drive-out
de-winterize. It takes around 20 minutes and your done, donít even
unhook your boat. Check trailer lights, grease winch and swing tongue, look
for corroded wires, inspect tires and pack bearings.
Best practice for boating is
be prepared. Below is a list of items to get you started:
Water Pump Impellor?
Your water pump impellor has
a life span of about 3-5 years and should be done as a part
of your maintenance
on the boat. The water pump is the life line to good times on the
river. It has a mind of it's own and when
it decides to go out, most likely you are done
for the day and will need to be towed in.
ALSO when you first purchase
a boat unless you have paperwork stating this has been done, replace your
Have you checked your
Did you know your bellows need changed every two
years with Volvo Penta drives
and every 3-5 years with Mercruiser drive
Have you checked yours lately?
The bellows are a water seal and is the large
black rubber tubing that surrounds the
u-joints and also protects the gimble
bearing. You can see these from the back of
the boat and is where the drive
unit goes into the stern of the boat, if you see
cracking on these parts, you
are at extreme risk of damage, bring your boat in immediately
for replacement (R&R U-joint
R&M Marine, INC. believes in maintenance rather
than repairs, there is a dramatic
Remember Maintaining your boat makes for happy boats as well as happy
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