You work hard all week and dream of hitting the lake in your Legend Boat once the weekend finally sets in. It’s utterly heartbreaking to wake up in the morning, get all packed up, and discover a problem with your boat before you even leave the driveway. Even worse, you reach the lake and have already launched before the issue is discovered.
Manufacturer defects are an extremely rare occurrence. What’s fairly common, however, are user-generated problems, and we want to help put a stop to it. Many of these problems are avoidable, and with a little care, prevention, and maintenance, you’ll be spending your weekends how you want to - making boating memories with the family.
”An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
For those of you who just bought a used motor or getting it ready for your first Spring run, the first thought on your mind is making sure that your motor is in good working order.
Testing it without a water source is a very quick and easy way to ensure that you’ll be buying a new one. Boat motors need water for cooling. Without it parts overheat and metal grinds to a halt.
If you’re off the lake, connect a water hose to the motor’s intake. Some older motors don’t have an intake. In this case, fill a barrel and trim your motor under the water where it would sit if you were on the lake.
Twists and Turns
A tangled prop is pretty easy to spot. If you have filament line - especially if it’s coloured - wrapped around your motor’s propeller, you can see it with the naked eye from a few feet away. The trouble happens when you don’t catch it when it happens.
In a short matter of time, the line will work its way into the gearcase and around your prop shaft. This will damage your seals allowing water to seep in and lube to seep out. Eventually, you may experience gear and bearing failure.
Checking it before you set off on this year’s maiden voyage is an absolute must. Make a habit of checking the prop for loose line every time you get it out of the water, and schedule a periodic - monthly if you can - inspection of the prop shaft and gear casing.
Keeping It Clean
Blemishes, rust, and rot are not too far away if you don’t take care of your boat - inside and out. Water takes its toll on aluminum, wood, and fabrics, and these problems are exacerbated if you’re boating in salt water.
To keep your fishing boat or pontoon looking like new it’s best practice to clean it each time you take it out on the water. Make sure to note that each surface requires a different type of cleaner. Looks aren’t everything. Leave grit, grime, and salt sitting too long and you won’t be worried about appearance, you’ll be worried about keeping your vessel in working order.
Keeping your boat open to the elements can cause similar trouble. Keep it covered if there’s a chance your boat will encounter rain or snow. A standard fitted cover will do through the open-water seasons. Through the winter, cover the entire boat with shrink wrap. A little seasonal effort will keep the rust and rot away.
I'll Get To It Later
Let’s face it, some tasks are a hassle. It’s tremendously easy to “get to it next weekend”, which gets perpetually pushed in favour of spending time on the water instead of in the garage.
Something simple like a small crack, torn fabric, oil change, and other small tasks are easy to ignore. But if you do, those small issues can turn into costly problems. A few minutes today is far better than a few hours tomorrow. It’s best to tend to these things as early as possible to save time, money, and energy.
Of course, you could always drop it off at your nearest Legend Boats retail or dealer location and let us take care of it so that you’re ready for the weekend.
Getting your boat up on the trailer and safely home doesn’t necessarily mean a job well done. There are several straps that you need to pay particular attention to. There’s a winch strap in the front of the boat, and 2 trailer straps at the back.
Keep your boat straight on the trailer, and make sure that your straps are appropriately tight. Failing to do so can result in sway and friction while you’re driving between the launch and the driveway.
There may not be an immediate problem, but over time you’ll wear on the bottom of your hull. Cracked or damaged hulls are not fun to deal with.
If you’re constantly out on the water this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you have a tendency to only hit the lakes every few weeks or months, your near-empty gas container could be creating condensation and adding water to your fuel once you top it off.
Water in your gas changes the fuel mixture causing your motor to struggle or even break down.
The solution to this? Fill the entire tank if you’re planning to store it for a period of time. For lengthier storage, add some fuel stabilizer. If you want to take things a step further, make sure to use the best fuel filter that you can find. Gas cans - especially older ones - can break down and flake. Keeping these contaminants out of your motor is essential.
When it comes to hitting rocks and logs it’s obvious: don’t do it. Dents, cracks, and leaks are on your horizon if you do.
What’s not obvious are those smaller lumps and bumps that add up over time. Heavy stress can cause a rivet or two to come loose. As you drive your boat against the waves the problem becomes worse until eventually there’s a leak. Check for loose rivets and get them tightened before they turn into leaks.
Sometimes we take on a project to save money, and sometimes we plunge into DIY for the sense of accomplishment.
If you’re handy, usually it’s pretty simple to tell if you’ve done a good job or not. However, when it comes to electronics it’s not always obvious. Sure it works well, looks good, and sits exactly where you want it. But, you could be running an electrical charge through your hull without even knowing it. The charge isn’t enough for you to notice - aside from the odd static shock - but what’s going on behind the scenes corrosion.
If you are the DIY type it’s likely that you have a voltmeter. Test your hull to make sure there is no current after your install.
While going through your winterization process, if you’re like most people, it’s easy to let your live well lines slip your mind.
Any water left in these lines will undoubtedly freeze through the winter causing them to crack and leak.
If you follow our advise, you can kick you feet up and relax.
If you’ve already run into one of these problems and curious about what’s covered under warranty, check these links to so what's covered.
Yours In Boating,