Preventative Maintenance Saves You Time and Money
April 10, 2012 11:57 AM | Tagged as Boating Industry, Preventative Maintenance, Service

Preventative maintenance may be more expensive in the short run but is significantly less expensive according to a report published in this month’s Boating Industry magazine. They make the obvious point that you can spend $5,000-$8,000 on replacing an engine while you could instead have just paid a couple hundred dollars to replace your water impeller. And even if your water impeller doesn’t ruin your entire engine, when your water impeller goes it tends to take a lot of parts with it costing you time and money. Most major motor manufactures for example suggest you replace your water impeller either every year or every other year. But the point that I think captures why preventative maintenance is so useful is when they mention the down time associated with mid-season repairs. Most problems on a boat come to light while you’re actually trying to use your boat. And once you have identified a problem while you’re on the water it’s already too late. You have at this point lost at least the weekend and maybe a couple weeks depending on the repair needed. And with only 13 weekends in a season with an average boating climate, 2 or 3 weekends is a large price to pay for most boaters. With such a short time to spend on the water spending a few extra dollars in the spring could save you money and time down the road when you actually want to use your boat.

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