It’s only inevitable that things are going to break down when you’re out on the water. However, familiarizing yourself with some of your major systems, especially the ones that are more likely to fail, can make it easy to get it all back up and running. Sometimes, the professionals may need to step in, but you may be capable of more repairs than you realize. Below are three boat systems you should be familiar with, as well as what parts you can keep onboard in case you need to perform quick repairs.
1. D.C. Electrical Systems
Be aware of where you’re getting your power from and what components make up your electrical system. Some components you want to know well include your batteries, any major on or off switches, and the location of breakers or fuses that may be a part of your electrical system. If your system utilizes fuses, make sure you know where they are and that you have enough spares for each type. Check your owner’s manual and ensure you have the proper spares. One essential tool for troubleshooting that you should keep around is a multimeter. With a multimeter, you can trace DC voltages, test fuses, and track down any other issues that may be giving you difficulties. Jumper wires with alligator clips are also a great tool to key aboard, as well as electrical tape and wire crimpers.
2. Sanitation Systems
Realizing that your toilet isn’t working when you’re on your vessel can be incredibly alarming. Depending on your system, there may be a few things to be aware of. You want to make sure you’re familiar with your holding tank, your manual or electric-flush toilet, and your deck fitting so you can perform pumpouts when dockside. Take a look at the owner’s manual for your sanitation system, which will likely suggest a few spare parts to bring. Most of these are things you may already have like hose clamps, gaskets, screwdrivers, and seals.
3. Fuel Systems
Getting stranded because of a fuel problem is never any fun. What components should you know? Know the location of your fuel tank, fill hose, fuel shut-off valves, and any fuel filters that may be onboard. Keep spare filter cartridges with you in case anything goes wrong.
Reach Out to Tidewater Today!
If you’re in the greater Baltimore area and are in need of boat services, contact Tidewater Yacht Service at 410-625-4992 or by email at email@example.com. Our location is at 321 East Cromwell Street Baltimore, MD 21230. Get in touch with us today! Whether you need hauling, systems repaired, or storage, we have the experience and expertise to help. We’ve been providing our services to the Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and know how to properly handle your vessel with care.