It’s no secret that owning a boat can be costly. One mistake often made is that people assume they can simply buy the boat and have their fun, then they feel blindsided by all of the extra costs. While some costs can’t really be avoided, it is good to be aware of a few simple tips to help reduce the overall annual cost of owning a boat. Take it from William Gholson, a long-time boat supply salesman, who knows all too well that many repairs come from not taking the initial time to take care of your boat.
First of all, wash it. You wash your car, clean your house, scrub your body, so wash your boat when you pull it out of the water. Getting all that grime off it can do wonders for your boat. Saltwater is especially corrosive, so spray that outboard off each time you get out.
Second, make sure lines are securely fastened when docking and storing your boat. If docked, throw a few buoys off the side to prevent damage from the dock. Check lines and covers to be sure there is no excess wear.
Lastly, invest in quality products. The upfront cost may be a bit higher, but some things shouldn’t be cheap. Pre-owned boats will always require more maintenance, but when maintained properly, they can be just fine.
There is plenty of good advice and great products out there for preventative maintenance. As long as you invest a little time and aren’t afraid to spend a little more up front, you’ll be on the right track. There will always be issues with a boat, but hopefully you can avoid a few trips to William Gholson’s Marine Supply!