Captain's Blog

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is the best insurance — and a key to enjoying your boat.

There are a gazillion things that could go wrong aboard and 2014 was devoted to planned maintenance replacement of pumps for the bilge and holding tank, battery charger, hot water heater and propane solenoid and pressure gauge and propane hose. There was a continued effort to address major and minor cosmetic issues, crafting a teak deck repair with a new starboard seat cover, repairing the cockpit refer access top, fashioning a new teak kick plate under the propane stove, and checking out dozens of fittings. Barring the rare superboater who’s a certified mechanic, fiberglass technician and American Boat and Yacht Council-rated electrician rolled into one, most of us can’t find or fix everything and due to heavy consulting between May and mid-October. I was very pleased that Bennett Brothers was able to bring our to do list down to zero.

new starboard teak cockpit seat