Recreational boating is an exceptionally popular industry in the United States; valued at more than $121.5 billion, the business can be designed to suit even the most particular of clients.
Considering the fact that diesel engines are the most efficient in terms of internal combustion, it makes sense that a majority of leisure vessels are diesel-based. Unfortunately, diesel boat engines require more effort and care than gas-powered boats. Let’s take a look at just what is needed to ensure such vehicles are able to operate without any problems. (Image Credit: Paul Brennan)
Coolant And Cleanliness
Coolant is essential when it comes to diesel boat engines; because it becomes more acidic over time, it plays a major role in an engine’s overall health. If it’s allowed to remain acidic, it will rot out other parts in the vehicle’s cooling system (such as the radiator). Make sure the coolant is checked and flushed on an appropriate schedule to avoid these risks.
At the same time, make sure you’re keeping your engine clean! If you allow dirt and grime to build up, its components can become damaged and even inoperable. The end result will be a shortened life that will cost you more in the long run; pay attention to its clean fuel, clean oil, and clean air.
The Importance Of Oil
Diesel boats are different from diesel cars; your air filter should be inspected and replaced as needed, but boats don’t usually need air filters due to the fact that lakes tend to be dust-free environments. In terms of oil, it’s recommended that brand new engines experience oil changes once every 20 hours for the first 100 hours of operation; as your motor gets older, less frequent changes are required (the internal parts bed themselves). If you’re concerned about your engine’s specifications, it’s best to consult your owner’s manual.
Some people prefer to play squash (an hour of which can burn between 600 and 1,000 calories), some prefer to go to the opera, and even more are interested in boating. When it comes to relaxing on your local lake, diesel maintenance matters; as long as you’re able to commit to such a stringent annual routine, you’ll be able to enjoy your time on the water for years to come.