Two Ways to Minimise the Risk of Your Boat Breaking down During a Race

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There are several things that you can do to minimise the risk of your boat breaking down during your upcoming races. Continue reading to find out what these things are.

Make sure the boat is serviced by a specialist who is familiar with that particular make and model of water vessel.

Most boat owners who regularly participate in boat races will have their water vessels serviced regularly. When performed correctly, servicing can not only reduce the likelihood of a boat breaking down (due to the extensive repair and maintenance work completed during the servicing process) but can also help it perform better in races.

However, boats come in a huge variety of styles, and not every marine mechanic will be familiar with the exact components found in every make and model of water vessel. If a mechanic has never serviced a boat like yours before, it is possible that they may be unable to recognise faults within the engine or other parts of the vessel, or they may carry out an unsuitable servicing task that could inadvertently damage your boat. This could then increase the likelihood of your boat malfunctioning during a race.

As such, it is best to get your boat serviced by a mechanic who specialises in servicing the exact type of vessel that you own. For example, if you own a boat that has a Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS), which contains unique design features that are not found in other engines, then it would be sensible to look for companies in your area that advertise themselves as being Volvo Penta IPS specialists.

Because the marine mechanics who work for this company will be experts in servicing and repairing this particular type of IPS, they will be much better placed to identify and fix faults and to perform the maintenance work correctly.

Take steps to prevent the boat's engine from overheating.

If the engine in your boat overheats during your next race, it is very likely that it will stop functioning and you will be left adrift at sea. Furthermore, this excess heat could permanently damage many of the engine's components. As such, it's important to do what you can to stop this from happening. One very common reason why boat engines overheat is that something is affecting the functionality of the heat exchanger, which is the component that contains a mixture of fluids designed to absorb the heat that is generated by the engine when it is in use.

For example, scale deposits can reduce the exchanger's ability to draw heat away from the engine. If you discover scale, you should use a cleaning solution with a low pH (i.e., a solution that is highly acidic) to remove it.

This should ensure that the heat exchanger is able to regulate your boat engine's temperatures during your next race.

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