Service & maintenance
Its unlikely, but possible, that your boat would never need any sort of significant repair. However, every sailboat, power boat, or large yacht it will require periodic upkeep and maintenance. There are some maintenance items most boat owners can learn to handle themselves, such as checking engine oil level or removing the propeller to check the propshaft for tangled fishing line. But modern marine engines and cockpit electronics can be very complex, and working on these often requires special training and tools. Unless you have the time and desire to acquire those skills and tools, the services of a good marine technician are certainly a smart investment.
At the very least your boat engine may require annual maintenance to keep its warranty up to date.
The certified technicians at Ventura Boat Services are expertly trained to service and protect your boat. Annual service is key to keeping your boat ready to go when you are. We are lucky in Ventura County as we can boat virtually year round. In our area, winterization is not really necessary. But regular service remains important to keep your boat in its best working condition. It’s critical to keeping your boat’s exterior clean for several reasons, in addition to showcasing its beauty. Secondly, keeping your boat clean protects the structure of the boat by keeping the finish intact. Over time, the salt from the sea will begin to erode, causing abrasions and scratches that could be costly to remove. Lastly, a clean boat simply performs better. A dirty hull can increase fuel costs by as much as 30%. It is recommended that your boat should be inspected by a professional every 100 hours. Ventura Boat Services maintenance program includes:
Our maintenance services include the following:
Batteries naturally degrade over time, so this is something you don’t want to neglect. We check the connections for corrosion, and clean the connectors if needed.
- Bilge pump: The bilge is the bottom part of the boat that collects excess water, and the bilge pump is the part that removes water from the bilge. If the bilge pump doesn’t work, your boat could sink. We check the pump hoses for debris that could cause clogs. We may also recommend adding a backup bilge pump, if indicated.
- Electrical lines: We will typically inspect the electrical lines, making sure they are in good condition, to keep the electrical system on your boat up and running, and rule out a potential fire hazard.
- Oil and filter: We will change the oil and oil filter, on a schedule. Failing to change the oil could damage engine parts. We ensure that we fill the engine with the proper oil.
- Other fluid levels: To make sure your boat runs properly, we will check other fluid levels such as power steering fluid and coolant.
- Hull: We will inspect the hull and look for cracks or blisters, and make sure drain plugs are in place.