Posts Tagged ‘Boat Maintenance’

ECOTIP #2: Preventing and Cleaning Spills

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

 

Picture this, you’re enjoying your day out on the water when you see a rainbow looking film on the water. You think, “Oh no! Is that from me?”. Day ruined. 

Take a look at some tips that we’ve found from our friends at discoverboating.com so there is no worries next time you’re out and about!

 

  1. Spill-proof your oil changes: Use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill-proof container. Wrap an absorbent pad around the oil filter to prevent oil from spilling into the bilge
  2. Fueling up: Prevent fuel spills by filling fuel tanks slowly and use absorbent pads or reusable rags to catch drips or clean up spills. Don’t “top off” your tank, remember fuel expands as it gets warm, so leave about 10% empty.
  3. CLEAN IT UP: Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. Not only is it harmful to the environment, it is also illegal.
  4. Maintenance on land: Try (as much as possible) to do all maintenance projects in the boatyard instead of on the water. If you do have to do maintenance on the water, use tarps and vacuum sanders to collect all debris for proper disposal.
  5. “Stow it, don’t throw it!”: Keep your trash on board! Never throw any type of garbage into the ocean and take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper. Sometimes, the wind picks up and blows out trash you were trying to keep on board. Try this cool trick to wind-proof your trash can. (Adapt the instructions for your particular size of trash can.)

Do you do any of these? Let us know! If you’d like to check out more tips, click here.

How to Maintain Your Boat’s Steering Cables

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

I’ve heard steering cables should be ‘maintained.’ How exactly is this done?

By keeping your boat’s steering system in proper working order you can ensure that you have reliable and proper control of your boat at all times. Lack of maintenance is the major contributor to stiff steering and in some extreme cases, cable seizure. We suggest the following periodic maintenance at least twice a year:
  1. Be certain the helm(s), cable(s), steering wheel and connection hardware are correctly assembled and in proper working order. Check for signs of stiffness, binding, excessive free play and/or wear. These items cannot be repaired; if any components are not in good working order, replace them. Disassembly of these items will void the warranty and can lead to steering failure. Always replace steering cables that are stiff in operation or have damage to the plastic jacket (outer casing).
  2. Clean and lubricate the engine tilt tube or cable support tube and the steering cable telescopic output ram as follows:
    1. Remove the steering cable(s) telescoping ram from the tilt tube.
    2. Clean the tilt tube inside diameter thoroughly.
    3. Remove corrosion in the tilt tube with a wire brush. Wipe until all loose material is removed.
    4. Lubricate the tilt tube with a good water resistant marine grease.
    5. Scour the steering cable telescopic ram with a brass wire brush and wipe until clean.
    6. Lubricate the sliding parts of the telescopic ram with a high-quality, water resistant marine grease.
    7. Reassemble, making sure all (correct) fasteners are tight and there is no binding or excessive free play in moving parts.

Please note where locking fasteners are used. Do not use non-locking fasteners; vibration can loosen them, causing steering failure.

Steering cables cannot be repaired. If the steering cable is deteriorated, does not move or operates in any manner other than correctly, replace it with the correct one for the helm. If the cable for your helm is no longer available, replace the helm, bezel and cable with an appropriate SeaStar Solutions steering kit.