Jet, and Trailer Service
Service, Chris Troutt
Chris is our Service Manager and Certified Technician by Mercury
and Yamaha guiding our staff of over 60 years combined experience
to fulfill the service needs on Mercury and Yamaha Outboards
with great expertise and the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Rigging, Jeff McMillen
Jeff, whom we consider to be a “Master Rigger” and “Aluminum
Welder” can rig you a custom boat in Alweld, Blazer or
Xpress to meet your personal needs. Jeff is assisted by Jeff
Jones on his time off and Preston Turner.
||Rigging, Preston Turner
Fishing Season is approaching so don't forget to call and schedule your service check-up, we would hate for you to get stuck out on the river or lake where you couldn't get any service on your engine.
Every great Summer season comes to an end sooner than we would all hope for. Increasingly, each Spring our service teams see numerous freeze damaged components from self-winterized vessels and even some from discount marine service companies. The cost of repair to your damaged engine could easily reach the thousands, not to mention the lost time on the water in the Spring. Freeze damage is considered a lack of maintenance by both insurance carriers and your boat/engine manufacturers. Let our service professionals protect your vessel this Winter, and ensure your summer fun. Call Chris at Troutt & Sons to schedule your winterization appointment today!
Winterizing Your Boat - Click here to read the article
Proper maintenance can extend the life of your boat, reduce the need for costly repairs, and help ensure the safety of your passengers.
Cleaning & Care
Wash your boat regularly to prevent the long-term effects of environmental wear and tear. Routine waxing and the use of an anti-fouling paint can also help protect your boat from the elements. Consider using environmentally-safe products whenever possible!
Consider a Watercraft Cover
Invest in a cover to keep your boat clean and free from dirt, water, falling leaves and bird droppings, all of which cause damage if left unchecked. A cover can also prevent UV rays from breaking down hoses and fading carpets and upholstery.
Proper boat maintenance means being actively involved in, and attuned to, all aspects of your vessel. Keep an eye out for everything from loose fittings to fraying ropes to any other areas of your watercraft that may need special attention or replacement. Many times, damages incurred to a watercraft could easily have been prevented by following a preventative watercraft maintenance routine. You can also have a professional vessel inspection.
Depending on the type of battery your boat uses, check to ensure that it is properly charged and that it has the correct fluid levels. Always keep your battery clean, as dampness and dirt can drain your battery.
Flush your engine after every outing, and check everything from your fuel tanks to the clamps on your fuel line for rust, damage or corrosion. Also check your oil for correct levels, proper filtration, and cleanliness. Last, but not least, keep an eye on your engine’s cooling system to make sure it’s functioning correctly.
A crucial aspect of boat maintenance is ensuring that your bilge pump is functioning properly. There’s not much that can cause more irreparable damage to a boat than having it sink. In the event that you need to use your pump, you’ll want to make sure that your battery system contains enough power to run the pump for a prolonged period of time.
Many boating failures occur as a result of corroded electrical systems, so keeping electrical components dry should be a regular part of your watercraft maintenance routine. Electrical fittings can be protected with a water-repellant, non-conductive grease or corrosion inhibitor.
Boat maintenance doesn’t only mean paying attention to your boat when you’re actively using it during the warm weather months – you also need to be sure to protect your watercraft through an effective winterization routine. Whether you’re able to store your watercraft in a climate controlled environment, or if you have to go with an in-water storage option, please visit our winterization page for more in-depth guidelines.
See Trailer Safety for tips on maintaining your trailer.
Stay in the Know Courses
Last but not least, responsible boat maintenance means taking the time to familiarize yourself with all aspects of watercraft care. Consult your owner’s manual for in-depth guidelines. If you’re new to boating, your boat dealer may know of helpful watercraft safety and training courses that deal specifically with your type of watercraft. Become comfortable with boating terms and definitions. And while it’s always important to take the time to learn how to do things yourself, don’t be afraid to seek the help of professionals when needed.