Do I Need to Maintain My Boat?

Wondering if you need to maintain your boat? Keeping your boat in good condition means more days on the water, fewer mechanical issues and lower costs over the long run.

Winter is the perfect time to undertake some general boat maintenance and keep your boat looking and working like new. Here are our top five maintenance checks for your boat:

  1. Check your battery. Most marine batteries are fairly low maintenance, but we do recommend you check the water levels and terminals every six months or so, ensuring that the terminals are clean and are all fastened tightly;
  2. Keep an eye on the engine’s oil level, regularly check for water in the fuel and replace the marine spark plugs as needed;
  3. Test your electronics to make sure they’re in good working order, including your radio, fish finder, downrigger, GPS, Stereo and lights;
  4. Check your boat for general wear and tear. Inspect the fuel lines for cracks and wear, and replace any damaged fuel hoses. Winter is also a great time to run your eyes over the propeller and engine belts for wear, and replace them if you need to;
  5. Examine your Safety Gear including all of your life jackets, anchors and distress flares as well as medical kits and to ensure they’re in good condition and within the expiration date. Winter is the perfect time to make sure you have everything you need on board to keep yourself and your passengers safe & if you need a refresher, Transport NSW has a complete list of safety equipment you must carry on board.

For any spare parts, you can use our online shopping cart at or call our team on (02) 9546-1324.

Transport for NSW recommends that powered vessels are professionally serviced every year, so give us a call at Hunts Marine. All of our mechanics are factory trained and we have all the latest tools and software. We offer quality servicing and marine repairs with genuine spare parts for Evinrude, Johnson, Yamaha, Mercury, Mariner and Mercruiser – or ask about our 50 point safety check for peace of mind and trouble free fun on the water. 

Hunts Marine supplies, tests and services marine batteries, can check and service your trailer as well as issue your Service NSW pink slip, install, check & repair your steering and electronics. Our team can help with vinyl repair and rejuvenation for torn or work upholstery, provide welded repairs to your aluminium, and gelcoat repairs and restoration to fibreglass. We even take care of your annual PFD servicing.

With over 75 years of experience, Hunts Marine is a third generation, family-owned business with extensive experience in recreational boating – and boat maintenance! Find out more at, call Sydney on 9546-1324, Wollongong on 4284-0444, or Batemans Bay on 4472-2612.