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Old 02-06-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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I am a first time boat owner and I have a boat, engine and trailer with a lot hours and miles on it. The hull is a Fiberglass 31 foot Key west on an EZ loader aluminum trailer with a 225 Honda with about 2000 Hours on it. I was wondering what typical maintenance you preform every year.
I know that proper upkeep can keep a boat from having major expensive repairs down the road.

Any and all maintenance that is typically preformed would help out greatly.

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Old 02-06-2012, 11:08 AM   #2
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That's a very big question so I will just tackle a little piece of it, namely the trailer. In my experience, I have more problems with my trailer than the boat or the motor.

* Inspect and repack the wheel bearings. When in doubt, replace the bearings.
* Check the trailer lights, especially the ground connection and the plug-in connection to the two vehicle. Make sure it all works and is in good shape
* Winch strap: Make sure it is not excessively worn. Replace as necessary
* Safety chain and trailer tiedowns. if this is a new-to-you boat, make sure she is tied down really, really well
* Springs and axle: These are prone to corrosion, replace as necessary
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Regarding your Honda:
Look in your owner's manual for the schedule of recommended maintenance.
If you don't have an owner's manual you can download one at Honda's website.

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Old 02-06-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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PM me with your email address and I'll reply with a maintenance/safety checklist I have created which you might find helpful.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:58 PM   #5
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Vaseline on all zippers, silicone on male side of all snaps.

Top and bottom oil, fuel filters, water fuel separator and spark plugs. Grease everything the manuals tell you to on the motor, don't skip taking the prop off and greasing the shaft.

Check your fire extinguisher, flares and tools.

I replace my plug every year and keep the old one for a back up.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:06 PM   #6
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Not sure what type of wheel ends are on your trailer, but that's a good place to start. If you have a wheel bearing failure on the road it will turn into an expensive headache, fast.

If you learn how to adjust and service the brakes and wheel bearings you will be way ahead if something happens. If you can do that and have the parts on hand, then it will be no big deal.

It's a good time of year to do that. Put the trailer on a jackstand and read up on the net about the bearings and brakes. Take one off, write down the part numbers/measurements, clean and inspect, then put it back together.

Then buy a spare wheel end kit. For my rig, a hub with bearings was $50 shipped to my door. Pack the bearings and seal it up. When you need it, not much more time than changing a tire. When I did my maintenance last year, I got one of the brakes a bit tight and one of the hubs got warm, cooked the grease out. I just swapped on the spare hub, took 40 minutes or so in the middle of the night by myself in an empty parking lot.

Boat? Trace out the wiring and any of the connectors will probably need some dielectric grease on them. If they aren't labelled, good time to figure out what is what. Get spare fuses.

The second year, do the maintenance then maybe learn to do gelcoat repair or something else. There will never be a shortage of stuff to fix on the boat. I usually get something in my mind as a winter project. This winter, I may put a larger windshield on the boat. Have the design in my mind already.

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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Any more lists out there?

I read a post someone was just talking about checking the bolts on the water pump or something like that. Is that something I Need to do every year?

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #8
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Great thread. Please publish any/all lists you may have. Greatly appreciated.

I'd look in on your battery situation & make sure the connections are clean & tight.

Also may be relevant to specify what motor situation we are talking - OB/IO/Inboard.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:43 PM   #9
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I find that the following helps me get though the season.

Trailer:

I grease the bearings every time it goes into the water before it goes in again. I usually pump out all the grease so it is new and clean. Probably over kill but I have never lost a wheel bearing. During the winter I look for loose bolts and or any other issues.

Motors:

I service my motors every 100 hours. This is per factory recommendations. I would think that certain things need replaced as the hours increase. I would do what the manufacture recommends.

Boat:

All the electronics are cleaned and checked every winter. All batteries are checked and confirmed. All pumps are checked and if showing any sign of wear they get replaced. I look for any loose screws, nuts or bolts or anything else that should not be loose. To do all this I empty the boat completely every fall to do the initial cleaning and then the work.

I have found if I do this every winter then usually not much but normal maintenance during the summer months while I use the boat.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:57 AM   #10
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my EZ loader has oil bath bearings so a simple visual inspection of the oil color is all that takes. every time the trailer goes into and out of salt, a thorough bath with fresh water, including your brakes. you should be checking your lights and brakes everytime you hook up your trailer. cable on winch stand is easy to see and look over, check for cable splitting which is easy to spot.

every time i am back in port, the boat is washed with fresh water, inside and outside, scrubbing as necessary but the objective is to rid the boat of as much salt as possible.

each trip, engines are flushed with fresh water and salt away, minimum 15 minutes/engine. inspect for any oil sheen on the water, could be lots of things but if you spot something, time for a deeper inspection. i only do annual maintenance as the boat is in constant use. that amounts to a certified yamaha engine wrench plugging their diagnostic computer into each engine to check for problems. oil and grease changes, visual inspection for other issues, seals, gaskets and such. keep an eye on your props for dings, dents and other deformations. if you find any, pull the props and have a certified shop bring them back to factory spec.

treat your fuel with stabilizer in 'storage' dose everytime you fill your tank, everytime!

thats all i can think of off hand, not too much but it will save a ton of time on the water.

during the off season layup, the boat is washed with plain old automotive soap. when all is dried, a two coat wax job in heavy application is applied. this is all on an aluminum hulled, no wood boat.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:24 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for all the good info. I will get on what I can before its time to fish again.

See ya in the salt,

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The salt can take quite a toll on trailers. The frames bearings and electrical are all vulnerable and need annual if not more often maintenance and/or repair. A thorough inspection from end to end after winter down time is a must before hauling it any distance. The roadside is not a place to find the problem and do a proper or cost effective repair. It can ruin your day and kill the fishing budget. It also may leave you stranded on a Sunday when there are no repair parts available at any close distance if at all. Take it as a witness to this, Do the maintenance on your timetable not as an emergency. The risk reward will be more favorable. It is not worth having a wheel come off and kill somebody or crashing your boat. You can't catch fish if you never get there!
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:15 AM   #13
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check everything electrical.Turn on all switches for lights,pumps,radios etc.It is amazing how stuff can go bad on a boat just sitting through the winter.This is the time when I go through all my safety equipment also.Replace batteries in hand held GPS,Vhf,strobe lights for vest etc.After i service my motors I spray the engine components down with a coat of silicone spray.On the trailer check the lug nuts,air pressure and do not forget the spare.It is a good time to go through all the compartments and remove in extra weight and also check for mouse remains.Hook the boat up to the truck and move it back and forth to make sure brakes are working properly on the trailer.This will give you a chance to check all the bulbs on your trailer lights also.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:38 AM   #14
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Way to state the obvious Pharmseller! LOL


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Regarding your Honda:
Look in your owner's manual for the schedule of recommended maintenance.
If you don't have an owner's manual you can download one at Honda's website.

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Old 03-27-2014, 11:25 AM   #15
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No one mentioned flares and expiration dates. And I would add due to recent experience .. check your registration decals. I've lost several over the last couple of years for no apparent reason. I'm seriously considering duct tape at this point.
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This years I'm adding RISERS to be serviced, or replaced. I had a leak first trip out. You don't want Salt water in the Bilge. That stuff will eat you up
Oh the fun.

Good thread guys

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:20 PM   #17
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[QUOTE=Kingfisher W;4000936]I find that the following helps me get though the season.

"I look for any loose screws, nuts or bolts or anything else that should not be loose." QUOTE]

Well you didn't look very close did ya? You sold the SEE YA.
One would have to have a loose screw to do that!!!!

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I find that the following helps me get though the season.

"I look for any loose screws, nuts or bolts or anything else that should not be loose." QUOTE]

Well you didn't look very close did ya? You sold the SEE YA.
One would have to have a loose screw to do that!!!!

Peter
Actually 2.
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Actually 2.
I would believe 3. How do you sleep nights?

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No one mentioned flares and expiration dates. And I would add due to recent experience .. check your registration decals. I've lost several over the last couple of years for no apparent reason. I'm seriously considering duct tape at this point.
Thanks for that. Mine expired in December and I had forgotten....
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If you have a auto inflate life raft you need to have it refolded and inspected every three years. August this year I have to get mine done.

Restock all your fuses incase you have one die while your out on the Big Salty.

Download and backup all your waypoints on your fish finder. Kind of sucks when your FF dies and you lose all that hard work. You can also send me a copy and I'll store it for safe keeping.

I like to spray Boeshield on my trailer, thru hole units and battery connectors.

Also make sure to do a radio check once your in the bay.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:51 AM   #22
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EVERY TIME BEFORE YOU GO OUT.
make sure your plug is in
make sure your builge pump works and there is nothing in the bulge to plug it
check your oil
tern on all electronics
start your kicker and main
check your water separator for water
make sure both motors are pumping water out the pee hole
EVERT TIME WHEN YOU GET BACK
flush motors with fresh water
grease your bearings
rinse every thing with fresh water including your fishing reels and rods
pull your drain plug
check your props for fishing line
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I'm adding "check the oil pan" to the top of my list.

A $20 usb borescope, or a cell phone taped to a clothes hanger can give a heads up before the tuna are jumping.
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EVERY TIME BEFORE YOU GO OUT.
make sure your plug is in
make sure your builge pump works and there is nothing in the bulge to plug it
check your oil
tern on all electronics
start your kicker and main
check your water separator for water
make sure both motors are pumping water out the pee hole
EVERT TIME WHEN YOU GET BACK
flush motors with fresh water
grease your bearings
rinse every thing with fresh water including your fishing reels and rods
pull your drain plug
check your props for fishing line
I disagree on the bearings, assuming you are talking about trailer wheel bearings. Visual on the bearing buddies and they shoud not have the indicator piston pushed all the way out- you should be able to rock it. Over greasing will push the seal right out of the back of the hub. Been there done that.

Instead, at the end of each boating season jack each wheel end up and knock off the bearing buddy to inspect the grease. If the grease is clean, grab the tire and rock it. You should have less than an eighth inch of play (back off the brakes first if you have drums). If you have more play, or your grease is contaminated, repack the wheel bearing with a new seal. Readjust your brakes and you are set for the next season

Oil bath hubs are also visual only for fill level and contamination.
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Check the batteries on your EPIRB and/or PLB. These only last a few years.
Also, check the charge on your auto-inflate PFD's.

As has already been mentioned: Check your exhaust risers (if you have an inboard). If there is rust trailing down the outside of your manifolds, it is also running down the inside, directly to your cylinders. This is the #1 reason most inboard engines have catastrophic failure, so it's nothing to mess around with. Also pull the center two sparkplugs - If they have an orange tint, you'll know that water is coming from your riser/manifold connection, and it's time to replace the risers (and possibly) the manifolds.

Make a list of everything, and keep a copy of the list. There's too much to try to remember at the start of each season.
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As you do maintenance, write down part numbers as you replace them. I store all of this in my phone contacts as a note. Spark plugs, bearings, seals, trailer wheel size and bolt pattern. If I find a good price on plugs or want a spare part its easy to pull off the phone.
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Danbum ... been there done that. Since you have the pan to deal with get the remote oil change hose for $40 and make oil change so much easier. Try ERS in Troutdale for the pan. Bob Forrest in Corvallis has a few pans also.

This is a brass fitting that screws into the drain hole and a 4 ft long hose with a fitting and cap on the end.

Just hang the hose out of the garboard drain hole and let the oil run into an empty jug.
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