• Mon - Fri 8.00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • #1-2905 Allenby Rd. Duncan, British Columbia V9L 6W2
  • +1 (250) 748-2187
  • Mon - Fri 8.00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • #1-2905 Allenby Rd. Duncan, British Columbia V9L 6W2
  • +1 (250) 748-2187

Boat Maintenance

  • Always remove the drain plug out each time you pull your boat out of the water
  • Clean your boat after each run in the water with a mild boat specific soap/detergent, and rinse well. Contact us for our recommended cleaning products
  • NEVER use a metal base paint or anti-fouling compound on your aluminum boat. Anti-fouling paints containing copper, mercury, arsenic or lead are not recommended for anti-fouling protection. Contact Lifetimer before using paint on your boat that has not been recommended by us
  • NEVER place steel, brass, bronze or copper in direct contact with the aluminum hull
  • Do not store your boat with a full tank of fuel. Fuel can expand in volume if not stored at the right temperature, and can spill over and damage your boat
  • Treat marine vinyl the same as household vinyl. Wipe with a damp cloth or vinyl specific cleaner to remove dirt and spills. As with all fabrics, test vinyl specific cleaning product on a small unnoticeable portion of fabric for possible discoloration
  • Vacuum marine carpet periodically
  • Apply a marine wax to exposed aluminum two to three times annually (contact us for our recommended products and brands)
  • Inspect zinc anode protection monthly if your boat is moored in salt water. Once the zinc bracket starts to corrode, it is time to replace it
  • Depending on your climate and boat usage during the winter season, your aluminum boat will be kept at its best if not stored in the water. If possible, take your boat out of the fresh /or salt water for the winter months and store it in a covered area and off of the ground
  • Inspect Zincs on hull and attached outboard for pitting and excessive corrosion
  • Remove the hull drain plug to drain any water, and store drain plug in a safe place. Be sure to put it back in before your next use
  • Inspect the hull and sides of the boat. Look for signs of pitting or excessive corrosion which indicates that the boat has been exposed to electrolytic action
  • Remove any barnacles, algae build-up, and scum by scrubbing with an extra-soft bristle brush or rag, with a boat specific soap/detergent. Be sure to rinse well and leave no soap/detergent residue on the boat
  • Check propellers for any barnacles, algae build-up, and scum and remove
  • Empty all water tanks and hoses, and run salt water or RV anti-freeze solution through them to prevent freezing
  • Wash down all exterior surfaces with a mild boat specific soap/detergent and rinse well
  • Dust and vacuum interior spaces
  • Store all fabric items (cushions, personal floatation devices, curtains etc.) indoors to prevent moisture absorption and mildew. If indoor storage in not available, store in a dry well-ventilated area on your boat
  • Add fuel stabilizer to keep the engine in good condition
  • Remove all electronics and batteries and store in a safe and dry location
  • Follow your winterizing checklist located in your boating manual
  • After your boat has been sitting for the winter, it could use another cleaning to freshen it up for the start of the spring / summer season.
  • Clean the hull, deck, all exposed exterior surfaces – check for abrasions and repair – contact us for repairs
  • Apply a thin coat of wax / metal protectant to exposed aluminum to help keep its shine
  • Clean any wood with a wood specific oil or re-stain
  • Polish metal / stainless
  • Clean windows, screens, and hatches
  • Check windshield wipers, replaces if needed
  • Clean canvas, bimini, and other fabrics
  • Clean the interior cabin / cuddy – vacuum and dust as needed
  • Check Zinc brackets
  • Ensure ladder is secured
  • Check cleats and bow / stern eyes are still secure
  • Make sure drains are still clear from your winter storage cleaning
  • Put back all drain plugs and make sure seals fit tight
  • Make sure anchor windlass runs smooth, lubricate if needed
  • Check hoses and clamps for leaks or damage from possible winter freezing – Contact us if repairs are needed
  • Ensure Bilge pump is in good working order
  • Check batteries, recharge if needed
  • Clean battery terminals for corrosion
  • Check for loose wires
  • Check all lights and keep spare bulbs on hand
  • Check PFD’s and life rings / cushions
  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Adjust compass
  • Check GPS / charts – replace if needed
  • Update first aid kit – check expiry dates, replace items
  • Bailer and hand pump
  • Check refrigerator – make sure it cools properly, clean and freshen
  • Clean stove top, make sure burners work
  • Clean the sink
  • Check Head systems – check that the toilet flushes, water flows from taps, sink drains, etc.
  • Look for damage to propellers (if not done during winter storage prep)
  • Inspect fuel lines for any signs of damage – Contact us for repair
  • Add fuel
  • Check trailer for current registration
  • Make sure trailer bunk rollers work, and bunk carpeting / cushions are not torn
  • Test lights and connections to trailer
  • Check tire pressure
  • Make sure you have the current boat registration on board at all times

*Note: Proper maintenance and repair is critical to ensure many years of enjoyment and safe use of your new boat. The information above is for basic maintenance that you can perform. However, there are some items that need servicing by qualified technicians, such as: the engines; Basic servicing such as checking engine oil levels and inspecting hoses to be sure they are in good condition, as well as water intakes, faucets, bilge pumps and electrical connections. All other maintenance work should be performed by a properly trained and qualified technician unless otherwise stated in your New Boat Manual (given to you upon purchase of your LIFETIMER vessel). If you are unsure, please contact Lifetimer Boats Inc. and we will be here to help you.