ASIS BOAT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
Read through ASIS boat maintenance tips to learn best practices for responsible boat maintenance and care. Not only will proper boat maintenance extend the life of your boat and reduce the need for costly repairs, but it also helps ensure boating safety for all those aboard.
1. Cleaning & Care
One of the keys to boat maintenance is also one of the simplest- wash your boat regularly. Not only does routine cleaning facilitate a more pleasant and organized environment, but it also goes a long way towards counteracting the long-term effects of environmental wear and tear. Routine waxing and use of anti-fouling paint can also help protect your boat from the elements. You may also want to consider using environmentally-safe products for your boat maintenance needs!
Special Cleaning fluids are available for proper care of Inflatable tubes. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PROTECT AND CLEAN YOUR TUBES WITH THE CORRECT CLEANER. USING THE INCORRECT CLEANER CAN SEVERLY DAMAGE THE LONG TERM SAFETY AND AESTHETIC LOOK OF YOUR TUBES. For ASIS' recommended cleaning products, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a myriad of finer points to keep in mind when it comes to boat maintenance. The best way to ensure that you have all the bases covered is to follow a professional checklist. Please referto the ASIS CHECKLIST.
PLEASE REFER TO THE ASIS OWNERS MANUAL FOR SPECIFIC CHECK LISTS THAT WILL ASSIST YOU. ALSO NOTE THAT ASIS ALWAYS RECOMMENDS AND ADVISES PROPER QUALIFIED TRAINING PRIOR TO GOING TO SEA.
3. Proper Mooring
One of the most common ways a boat can start to show scratches and damage is not only from when itís in use- but from when itís being docked. Make sure lines are securely fastened in place, neatly coiled, and do not show signs of breakage or wear.
4. Battery Care
Depending on the type of battery your boat uses, check to ensure that it is properly charged and that it has the correct fluid levels. Also be sure to keep your battery clean, as dampness and dirt can also drain your battery.
5. Routine Inspection
Proper boat maintenance means being actively involved in, and attuned to, all aspects of your vessel. This means keeping an eye out for everything from loose fittings to fraying ropes to any other areas of your boat that may need special attention or replacement. Many times, damages incurred to a boat could easily have been prevented by following a preventative boat maintenance routine.
6. Boat Motor Maintenance
Follow best practices for both inboard and outboard motor care. Be sure to flush your engine after every outing, and check everything from your fuel tanks to clamps on your fuel line for rust, damage or corrosion. Also be sure to check your oil both for correct levels as well as proper filtration and cleanliness. Last but not least, keep an eye on your engineís cooling system to make sure itís functioning correctly.
YOUR MOTOR MANUFACTURER REPRESENTATIVE SHOULD BE CONSULTED REGARDING REGULAR SERVICE INTERVAL CHECK UP PROCEDURES THAT MAY NEED TO BE DONE.
Boat maintenance doesnít only mean paying attention to your boat when youíre actively using it during the warm weather months- you also need to be sure to protect your boat through an effective winterization routine.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ASIS REPRESENTATIVE FOR WINTERIZATION PROGRAMS THAT WILL BEST SUIT YOUR NEEDS.
8. Bilge Pumps
Another crucial aspect of boat maintenance is ensuring that your bilge pump is functioning properly. Thereís much that can cause more irreparable damage to a boat that having it sink. In the event that you need to use your pump, youíll also want to make sure that your battery system contains enough power to support running the pump for a prolonged period of time.
THIS IS A SAFETY CRITICAL PROCEDURE.
9. Electrical Component
Many boating failures occur as a result of corroded electrical systems, so keeping electrical components dry should be a regular part of your boat maintenance routine. Electrical fittings can be protected with a water-repellant, non-conductive grease or corrosion inhibitor.
10. Tube Repair
Your ASIS boat comes with an emergency repair kit. Please download HYPALON REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS for more information on the correct repair of your safety tubes.
11. Consider a Boat Cover
Making an investment in a boat cover can help keep your boat clean and free of a variety of contaminants that arenít just related to dirt or water- falling leaves and bird droppings can also cause a lot of damage if left unchecked. A boat cover can also prevent UV rays from breaking down hoses or fading carpets and upholstery. A Full Length Boat cover is available as well as individual motor covers, tube only covers as well as a combination of both.
12. Stay in the Know
Last but not least, responsible boat maintenance means taking the time to familiarize yourself with all aspects of boat care. Consult your ownerís manual for in-depth guidelines. If youíre new to boating ask your ASIS representative for helpful tips on training courses and other pertinent maintenance issues.
REMEMBER: A BOAT THAT IS WELL MAINTAINED IS SAFE AND EXTENDS YOUR ENJOYMENT TIME ON THE WATER. ALSO, REST ASSURED THAT YOUR INVESTMENT IS IN ITS BEST POSSIBLE CONDITION AND WILL ENHANCE YOUR TRADE IN VALUE IN YEARS TO COME. A GOOD BOATER IS A SAFE BOATER.