Whether you enjoy an occasional day at the lake to fish or you enjoy exploring new waterways for fishing opportunities every time you get a free chance, owning your own fishing boat can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Once you have invested in the boat that will give you many new adventures and days of entertainment, you will no doubt want to keep it looking its best and performing optimally for the long term. Take a quick look at this checklist of maintenance tips every fishing boat owner should follow to ensure they get as many years of use as possible from their new boat.
1. Keep the shell of your fishing boat clean after every trip. - Your boat may appear clean after you haul it back home and park it in the garage, but whether you have been traveling through fresh or saltwater, there will always be residue on the shell of the boat that you probably will not see. Leaving this residue on the boat for long periods can cause problems with discoloration and deterioration of the finish. So it is a good measure of maintenance to always clean your boat after every excursion or outing.
2. Clean out the deck, seats, and benches of the boat. - before you slip the cover back on your boat for storage, you must make sure the interior is clean and dry. Grab a heavy cotton towel and wipe away any wetness inside of the boat, such as on the deck or on the seats. Clean away any bait residue or trash that is hanging out on deck and tuck away all of your fishing gear in its rightful spot. Doing this after every trip will help keep your boat clean, organized, and free of debris on deck that could cause damage.
3. Empty the livewell and clean it thoroughly. - Most fishing boats do have a live well because this makes it easier to house the day's catch and keep it alive until you get back to shore. While convenient, the livewell also has to be cleaned after every trip to prevent issues with bad odors or mold and mildew. Pull the drain plug on the livewell on your boat and allow all water inside to drain. Then use a hose and soap and water to clean out the inside of the well. Make sure you allow the livewell to air dry or dry it out with a towel once all water has been eliminated from the receptacle.
Keep these maintenance tips in mind as you begin shopping boats for sale in your area.