Keeping your boat properly maintained and repaired is part of being a boat owner. Knowing how to do this is a whole other story.
Some things you can do yourself, but most often you will need to find a marine service company you can trust when it comes to the upkeep of your vessel.
There are lots of marine service centers out there and finding the best one to meet your individual needs can be challenging. Weighing the pros and the cons can help.
Here are a few things to consider about marine service centers and the services they offer that make them the best fit for you and your boat.
Are They Full-service?
Some shops offer full-service boat care. This means they can do repairs on all aspects of your watercraft—from electrical, to computer, to motor, to fiberglass. They have experienced and trained technicians who can repair whatever you need to have fixed.
They also offer maintenance such as detailing, oil changes, testing, and maintenance of your leather, wood, and gel coat surfaces. Full-service centers can store your boat when you aren’t using it. Many even have several storage options available, such as indoor or outdoor, heated or non-heated.
Winterization of your boat for the colder months is also a handy service provided by a full-service marine company.
Are They A Specialty Shop Only?
Other marine service companies offer only specialty services. They might specialize in motor repair, fiberglass work, or upholstery. Their main line of service might be hauling or lifting boats or dealing in accessories and parts.
It’s important to know which type of marine service company you’re looking for so that you don’t waste your time or money.
Another thing to consider when choosing the right marine service company is how narrowly they focus on brand. Some shops will only work on certain lines—Yamaha, for example. Other shops will repair and maintain across all brands and lines.
Warranties and Licenses
Keep in mind that many marine service centers offer warranties, monthly maintenance packages, and other great customizable services for you to choose from. Choosing a shop with options that fit your needs is key. It can also be beneficial to search out providers who are licensed and insured, as well as properly trained. This helps to ensure you’re getting the most professional care possible for your watercraft.
When looking for service providers, do your research, ask around, and go with the best fit for your situation. Your boat is an investment and caring for it is an important part of that investment. When it comes to caring for your boat, finding a shop that’s right for you will give you more time to do what you love most—getting out on the water.