There are few things worse than having to deal with issues when you’re already out on the water, especially if you’re unsure of how to approach the problem. Since there are a number of reasons your boat may break down, it’s important to arm yourself with the knowledge to keep your boat up and running. At times, you may need a professional to step in, get you back to shore, and diagnose your problem for you—but if possible, you want to take the steps to become in-tune with what your boat needs so as to avoid high risk of breaking down.
1. Your Boat Won’t Start
If you turn your ignition key and are met by silence, it can be a frightening, stressful situation. Typically, this is caused by an electrical issue such as a low or dead battery. It’s also possible that breaks within the ignition circuit are causing your problems. To troubleshoot, try checking the killswitch, putting the shifter in neutral, and taking a look at the starter switch which may have come loose within its fittings. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as going into your dash and tightening up mounting screws or a retaining nut. Low groaning noises may be an indicator of a low battery or poor connections however, so try switching the batteries or parallel banks together.
2. A Broken Belt
You may not even hear the sound of your drive belt breaking because of loud engine noise, but an overheat warning light or a voltage meter that indicates your alternator isn’t charged are signs that your belt has broken. Without your belt, you won’t have a functioning alternator or water pump, so it’s important to take care of this problem quickly. While some take a DIY approach and use fishing line or other alternatives to replace their belt on the go, we recommend keeping a spare belt on board as well as whatever tools you will need to replace the belt.
3. Your Engine Overheated
Your temperature gauge going out of control is a sign that your engine may be overheating. Usually, this is caused by intake pumps getting clogged. While replacing an intake pump itself isn’t a big deal, you want to first check that nothing is obstructing it to help extend its life. Additionally, an overheating engine could be caused by a damaged rubber impeller, which may need to be replaced.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.