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Knowing When to Replace Your Boating Equipment

Find out when it’s time to replace your boating equipment with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

If you spend a lot of time out on the water, you know that weather, water conditions and time can all take a toll on your boating equipment. While some of it is meant to last, some things will need to be replaced over time. Learn about knowing when it’s time to replace some of your boating equipment with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Knowing When to Replace Your Boating Equipment
While most boats are built to last, some parts will need to be replaced every few years, depending on use, weather conditions and your climate. Know when it’s time to replace your boating equipment with help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Boat Battery

Just like a car battery, marine batteries typically come with a time-limited warranty. Part of keeping up with that warranty and not having to replace your battery early is proper maintenance. Removing batteries from your boat and trolling motor over the winter is the first step. Store them in a dry, cool place, and give them a proper charge once a month. Learn more about boat batteries with our Marine Battery Basics article.

Boat Propeller

There are a few things that can factor into replacing a boat propeller. If you’ve run over a log or rock, or hit a sandbar, there’s a good chance your prop was damaged in the process. A damaged prop can affect the engine and transmission. Even if there isn’t any surface damage, you can tell if there’s damage by differences in the pitch.

Another way to know if your prop needs replacing is fuel use. If you’re using more fuel than normal, check your propeller. A bent or dinged propeller can affect fuel costs.

Boat Trailer Tires

Similar to car tires, worn-out tread is a sure sign that the boat trailer tires need to be replaced. You can use a tire tread depth gauge or do the penny test to test your tire tread. Replace your trailer tires if they’re bald. Sun and moisture can cause damage to your trailer tires, resulting in cracks and deterioration. In the warmer months, keep tire covers on the trailer tires if they’re going to sit out for extended periods of time. In the winter, remove the tires.

Routine boat maintenance will help keep your boat in the best shape, and make your equipment last longer. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need to take care of your boat. From boat covers to boat chemicals, you can protect your equipment with supplies from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. For more tips and how-to’s, visit our Boats & Boating blog.

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