Ensuring a good fishing trip, as far as the performance of the boat, not the performance of the fish, can be improved by completing proper maintenance on the fishing boat.
Ensuring a good fishing trip, as far as the performance of the boat, not the performance of the fish, can be improved by completing proper maintenance on the fishing boat. One thing to keep in mind is that prevention of problems begins simply with maintenance.
The first thing to check before leaving the house is the charge of the batteries. They should be fully charged and full of acid. Most problems concerning the batteries are due to over charging which boils the acid out and thus greatly reducing the life of the battery.
Next, check the kill switch lanyard, especially if the boat will not start. At times, the lanyard cap will deteriorate and the button on the kill switch will be stuck in the stop mode, therefore keeping the boat from starting. To check this, remove the lanyard, depress the button and if the engine starts, replace the lanyard with a new one.
Now visually inspect all hoses and connections. Bad fuel and oil hoses can leak after a period and allow air into the system. If any of the hoses or connections appears hard when being inspected, replace the hose and the clamp. Once all the hoses and connections are retightened, pump fuel and oil using the bulb, up tight and look for leaks in the lines. All fuel and oil lines must be tight.
After checking the hoses and connections, check the engine mounting bolts. Make sure they have not backed off during the last season. Check the steering cables too, by moving them in both directions. If they are difficult to move either direction, grease the cables. If the cables are still difficult to move after being greased, then they will need to be changed.
Next, inspect the lower unit and check for any signs of water in the oil. The oil should be full, if not fill it. Now pull the propeller off and check for any fishing line that may be tangled around the shaft. With the propeller off, grease the prop shaft splines before replacing the prop and always torque prop nuts to specs.
The next thing to check is the power trim and tilt. Checking these involves tilting the engine to the up position and removing the plug. The oil level of the reservoir should be level with the threads.
Wiring is another important element of the boat to check. It is possible that the wiring has been eaten, especially if the boat has been stored for any period. If the inspection of the wiring finds that the replacing the wiring is necessary, be sure to do it to prevent electrical failure or even worse, an electrical fire.
Before going on a fishing trip, be sure and check the bilge pump and aerator for cracks in the housing due to freezing. One last thing to check on the boat is the plug. Be sure it is in the drain.
Do not forget to inspect the boat trailer when preparing to go fishing. Check the hub bearings and replaced if needed. Also, do not forget to check for any signs of water or rough spots on bearings or races. It is also a good idea to grease the trailer jack. Another thing to check on the trailer is the wiring and lights. Grease or oil uncovered light bulbs to prevent rust or corrosion.
Maintaining the boat and trailer will ensure many enjoyable trips and will aid in the boat and trailer lasting longer.
Getting Your Greenhouse Started: Greenhouses for Beginners
Why should I Own a Greenhouse?
Gardening experts as well as novices will benefit from having a greenhouse. First, many people are deciding to grow their own produce to ensure that their food is grown organically. This also reduces pollution by eliminating any traveling your food would normally have to do to get to you. Because greenhouses are available in a range of prices, it is feasible to find a starter greenhouse at a reasonable price. Greenhouses are also great for vocational education. Whatever your reason or practice, greenhouses have proven to be a rewarding experience all year round.
What Will I Need to Start?
First, do some basic reading on greenhouses. Educate yourself on the plants and produce you are interested in cultivating. This way you can be sure to have plenty of space for your interests. There are several books available on our site in the greenhouse accessories category. Once you have chosen your greenhouse, there are some fundamental requirements that your facility, and what you are growing inside of it, will undoubtedly need. A base, foundation or anchor will be needed to secure your greenhouse to the ground. Depending on what season you begin, you will need to consider various cooling and heating methods. Portable fans, heaters, and strategic vent positioning are all inexpensive and simple solutions for heating and cooling your greenhouse. Also, make sure that there is enough shelving or work bench space to place your greenery.
How Do I Prepare my Greenhouse Site?
Not much preparation is needed before securing your greenhouse. First and foremost, you will need to have a level ground. If your greenhouse requires a base or foundation, then you may need to have a bare lawn without any sod or gravel. If you would like to build a permanent foundation for your greenhouse, you may find it beneficial to contact a local contractor for further information and/or assistance. Most permanent foundations are made of wood and/or concrete.
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