We've been posting stories on boats.com since 2000, and with almost 10,000 posts to date there's a lot of great stuff in the archives. Chris Caswell's ideas for easy boat maintenance is a perfect example. The web has evolved a lot in 14 years, but taking care of your boat hasn't changed all that much, so his great information still applies.

Here's a sampling of 5 ideas from the post.

how to shine up your boat's gelcoat with a power buffer

Waxing the hull? Do the chrome too.


  1. Don’t ever try to take anything apart aboard your boat unless you have a service manual for it.

  2. Check the oil whenever you use the engine. If the oil level is low, top it up immediately. Don’t try to remember to do it when you return, because you’ll always forget.

  3. When you wax the hull, don’t forget to do the chrome, too. A good coat of wax can prevent pitting and will help remove the salt and dirt as well.

  4. Improper tire inflation is the primary cause of trailer tire wear. If the tire wears on the outer edges, it’s under-inflated. If it wears in the center, it’s over-inflated.

  5. It’s almost impossible to prevent tiny tears in seat cushions and other vinyl products, but the repair is fairly easy. Be sure to make the repair as soon a possible, since small tears rapidly become large ones.

There is much, much more in the original story—25 suggestions in all. So be sure to read the full post for more detail.