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Every boat, no matter the size, needs to be maintained. Luckily routine maintenance pays off and helps get your boat ready for the season. To ensure the safety of your boat and its passengers, read about how to maintain an outboard, and other outboard maintenance tips below.
Give your boat a visual inspection before each outing. Look for any nicks or dents. If you find any, get it fixed. Running your boat on a damaged prop can lead to severe damage to your propeller, engine or stern gear.
Pay attention to your boat’s performance. If you notice a loss of power or speed, and drop in fuel efficiency, or any vibration or cavitation, those are often signs of a propeller problem that you may not be able to see.
· Periodically check the fuel line for cracks and worn spots.
· Make sure the fuel primer bulb is not cracked and is pliable.
· Make sure the fuel-line fittings seat properly and don't leak.
· Check the clamps on the fuel line for rust or corrosion.
· Check the fuel tanks for damage and corrosion.
· Check the tank vent to make sure it aspirates properly.
· Check regularly for water in the fuel.