By Keith Hinze
High Tech Marine
If you are a boat owner then you know that sooner or later you will find it necessary to enlist the help of a good boat repair shop. There are many reasons that you might need to have your boat worked on. It could be due to some type of damage occurring to the body of the boat or problems might arise due caused by everyday wear and tear.
You may just want your boat to look like new again or repair cracks in your fiberglass, gel coat or non-skid before they cause further damage. Cracks can range from spider cracks, blisters or the most common type of fiberglass damage, scratches. Make sure your boat repair service provides some type of warranty on the work done and can provide references of satisfied customers. As with everything, if properly maintained, your boat will provide years of enjoyment. The following are a few simple ways to keep your boat “ship-shape.”
Prevention is the key to avoiding many of the problems that boatersface. However, many people still need to visit a boat repair shop to take care of the maintenance. It is important to know you can trust the business preforming the repairs on your boat. Otherwise, you can not only waste a lot of money but it can put you in a bad position if something that you thought was fixed ends up being repaired incorrectly.
If you know for yourself how to repair boat parts you can save a lot of cash in your wallet. For the DIY’ers guide to fiberglass boat repair, there are many sites on the web.
The water pump is one item you’ll have to replace or repair every year. Boat water pumps are not that difficult to replace yourself, and you can save a lot of money by comparison replacing it yourself over paying someone else to do the job for you. Start by draining the gear case.
Remove the trim tab on the lower unit, and remove the bolt. Remove the bolts securing the lower unit. When all of these items are removed, wiggle the gear case down until the top nut is the only thing holding it on. Now, hold the lower unit and remove the last nut, which lets the unit slide down. Careful, this is really heavy. A V-6 may weigh up to 75 lbs.
Remove the 4 bolts for the housing. Inside is the impeller and key. Remove the impeller. Replace. Turn drive shaft clockwise to load impeller in housing. Tighten bolts. Reinstall the lower unit, lining up the drive shaft, water pump outlet and shift rod all at once. Check the shift function and verify that water is pumping.
Fiberglass Repair Tool List
Depending on the damage, the fiberglass tools that you may need may be minimal or extensive. This is a list of the tools you DIY’ers will need: Personal Protective Equipment, air compressor, sanders, sandpaper, measuring cups, resin brushes, buffers, polishers and rags for clean up. If this seems a bit much for your weekend project, a boat professional like High Tech Marine is a local mobile marine service and repair business you can trust and will get your boat back on the water quickly. High Tech Marine will come to your boat and save you the hassle of hauling your boat out of the water, taking the boat on a trailer to the shop, waiting and then having to haul the boat back to your dock.
As always if you have any questions for Keith, the Yamaha/Johnson certified marine mechanic, feel free to email High Tech Marine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith is a long time resident of Galveston Island, owner of High Tech Marine, a Yamaha/OMC certified technician and has his college degree in Welding Technology. High Tech Marine provides mobile dockside marine service and repair to all areas of Galveston Island including the West End. Keith is also owner and operator of EyePaint specializing in custom paint work on boats, fiberglass and gel-coat repair. This month’s nautical word of the day is “bulkhead” with the definition of discomfort suffered by some boaters who may have drank too much.