Taking care of your narrowboat may seem like a daunting task that often leaves you not sure where to start.  Don’t worry! In this blog, we’ve got all the tips and tricks relating to boat maintenance and how to take proper care of your narrowboat. 

Here are our top boat maintenance tips…

How Is Your Engine Maintenance?

Maintaining your boat engine is an important task that should be done regularly throughout the year. Ensuring that your engine runs smoothly, allows you to continue on your adventures from A to B. From the drive and fan belt to the fluid levels there are various aspects that need to be checked.

What Are The Most Common Engines Issues?

A common engine problem is often with your boat’s alternator belt. If you’ve recently purchased a boat, and you’re unsure of what an alternator belt is, it’s basically used to transfer power from one place to another. To avoid any problems with your alternator belt, check that there are no signs of damage or that the belt is coming loose and always carry a spare on your boat. On a typical narrowboat, the alternator belt can be found via the crankshaft pulley at the bottom of the engine, next to the water pump. 

In case you cannot see any visual damage, you may notice a ‘squealing’ noise which is a common indication that you may need to replace your belt.

You may also find that your gearbox gets damaged easily too. It is important to have this regularly serviced and checked so that in the event you ever hit anything under the water, your gearbox remains intact and continues to work correctly. If you’re ever worried about your engine maintenance, it is always best to get in touch with a professional.

Check Your Boat Batteries

Boat batteries can typically last between 5 to 7 years but without the proper maintenance and care, they can lose their capacity a lot faster. In order to keep your batteries in the best condition, check them regularly to make sure they are clean, and ensure that you have cleared any dirt. 

With most boats now you will typically have two power systems, one for your essential system and one for your mains system, with two types of batteries, a starter and leisure battery. If you’re unsure of where these are located, get in touch with your local boat experts. 

It is also worth buying an additional battery in case you ever need it, especially for any longer journeys.

Look At The Interior & Exterior

Although engine and battery maintenance is important, you will also need to check the interior and exterior of your boat. From your mooring equipment to narrowboat windows, it is always best to give things a thorough check from time to time.

You want to look out for any leaks, cracks or overall damage across your whole boat. Additionally, it is also well worth having your heating and plumbing looked at, to make sure everything is working correctly.

Keeping Up With Your Boat Maintenance

If you’re struggling to know where to start with your boat maintenance, get in touch with our team today. We have the facilities for your boat to be regularly serviced including any plumbing and central heating, as well as signage and boat painting. Call today on 01270524571 or email us on sales@swanleybridgemarina.com.