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Whether you have a rather modest fishing boat or a large luxury yacht, it is still your responsibility to take care of it. Above all else, a yacht is a vehicle, and all vehicles need maintenance if they are to keep running. With that being said, here are just five tips for taking care of a yacht.

 

Clean It Regularly

Most yachts are used in saltwater, so it is very important that you clean it regularly, preferably after every trip you make. Dirt and salt can usually be removed with a soft cloth and cleaners that are exclusively designed to clean a yacht’s finish. Using the wrong cleaner can damage your yacht’s finish and its hull, so ask a professional for advice on what cleaners you should be using.

Perform Engine Maintenance

Your engine should be flushed and inspected after every outing to make sure that there is no corrosion or leaks. Make sure the cooling system is in good working order, and change your oil at the beginning of every yachting season.

 

Keep Your Battery Safe

To keep your yacht’s battery in good working condition, remove it and store it in a dry place when you’re not using your yacht. For optimal performance, fully charge your battery four to five times a year, and always make sure it can be fully charged before you remove it for storage.

 

Inspect Your Propeller

Your yacht’s propeller is obviously very important and should be kept in good shape. Inspect it regularly, preferably before you take it out on the ocean. If you notice that it is dented, corroded, or otherwise in poor condition, replace it. You might be able to get away with repairing minor damage, but it’s almost always best to buy a replacement to be on the safe side.

 

Know How to Store Your Yacht

If you aren’t going to use your yacht for an extended period of time, you should keep it in storage in a dry place. Haul it out of the water to someplace where it will be safe, and keep it covered with a tarp. A storage unit that can accommodate a large vehicle such as a yacht will be the best place for it, but that can get expensive. If you don’t want to spend the money on that, at least bring your yacht to a boatyard until you are ready to take it back onto the water.

 

When Hal Abramson is not promoting his most recent food festival, you can catch him at a car or boat festival. Keep up with Abramson’s festivals and travels by following him on Twitter!