Motorboat in the water. Maintenance ensures your boat will last longer and perform better!

Taking care of your boat is one of the best things you can do for its longevity and functionality. But, if you’re a newer boat owner, you might be unfamiliar with all of the boat maintenance that your vessel requires. Not to worry—Smooth Moves is here with recommendations for you.  

Boat Maintenance

This boating checklist will help you keep it all organized so your boat remains in excellent condition and lasts longer. Use this list to check off items or create your own version that lives aboard your vessel. 

The Exterior 

About every two weeks:

  • Wash the exterior of your boat using specific boat cleaning soap and a microfiber cloth. Clean your boat on land to avoid polluting the water. If you have to wash your boat in the water, use toxic-free chemicals. Rinse it with water to remove any built-up salt.

Before every trip:

  • Inspect the exterior for dents or damage that may prove detrimental out on the water. 

A clean boat does better in the water, plus you can eliminate potentially invasive species. 

The Interior

Approximately once a week: 

  • Vacuum or mop the floors of your boat (dependent on the type of flooring you have). 
  • Wash down your boat seats.

Read our blog ‘How to Clean Vinyl Boat Seats’ for a more in-depth how-to guide, including what methods you’ll want to avoid.

Boat Engine Maintenance

Before every trip: 

  • Check your fuel levels, keeping a close eye out for water infiltrating the tank. 
  • Make sure your fuel tank vent is clear, remiss of any blockages. 
  • Inspect your propeller. Remove any oil buildup, fishing line, or any other debris that’s in there. 
  • Eliminate any debris from your water intake.
  • Check your engine temperature. If it’s abnormal, figure out what’s causing it. 
  • Ensure safety gear is present, visible—ready to be used at a moment’s notice. 
  • Test your battery.

After every trip: 

  • Flush the motor, especially if you’ve gone out in saltwater. 

Every 50-100 hours (or follow your owner’s manual):

  • Get an oil change
  • Inspect your spark plugs. If necessary, replace them. 

Along the way: 

  • Keep an eye out for rust; replace parts as needed.
  • Watch for breaks or damage in your hoses and fuel lines. 

Read your manufacturer’s manual to learn about the specific requirements for your boat engine maintenance.

Battery Check


  • Check your battery using a digital multimeter. If the connectors are dirty, clean them with a wire brush

Store Your Boat Carefully

If/when it comes time to store your boat:

  • Take winterizing steps to minimize damage during the colder months. 
  • Choose a secure storage facility—tour it beforehand so you can get a sense of how protected your vessel will be. 

Let the Boat Servicing & Repairs Professionals Handle It

If you’re not interested in handling some of the more involved maintenance items yourself, you can always invest in boat servicing and repair. Trickier things, including oil changes, might be better left to a professional. While paying for boat maintenance can get expensive, it can save you time and worry. 

Make the Most of Boating This Spring

We hope this boating checklist comes in handy for you throughout the year. While you’re looking to keep your boat in tip-top condition, don’t forget about the most important aspect: you—the driver. Smooth Moves shock mitigation systems are specifically designed to keep you comfortable on the water. After a long day of working on your boat, you’ll be glad you have a chance to sit back, look out on the horizon, and just relax.

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