SERVICING AND WINTERISING
The marine engineers at Purbeck Marine see a service to be more than an oil change. In most people’s eyes changing the oil, filters and impeller is enough, but this is not the case, in our expert opinion. To ensure we give our customers the very best marine engineering possible, we like to ensure that our service includes the following for happy safe boating all year round!
On any Boat or craft there is always more going on than meets the eye. Chaffing or loose hoses could cause leaks, which could cause damage to other parts of the engine including electrics and vulnerable metals, (bolt threads and manifolds etc.), or even sink the boat. Leaks from other parts like water pumps could cause similar damage or even damage to internals of the engine. Our marine engineers will check all of this as part of our regular servicing.
Purbeck Marine also check electrical connections to prevent non-starting of the engine in emergencies or non-charging, so that loss of power to run important electrics on the boat or even lights for safety is never an issue.
We inspect the both the condition of the fuel filters and fuel in the fuel filters, so that we can advise action on the boats fuel tank prior to major water/fuel bug infestation in the tank. If unchecked this can cause engine failures and huge expense. We also check for loose bolts so that part of the engine or shaft don’t fall off.
We train our marine engineers to remove alternator/water pump belts to inspect condition rather than just tightening up to get a clear indication of when they require replacement. Any failure in these parts can cause serious engine damage.
Our engineers will check gearbox oil levels and condition and replace when necessary to increase life of gearbox and prevent failures.
We test strength and condition of engine coolant and replace periodically to prevent corrosion or even freezing causing cracking of engine internals.
When advised or when we think necessary on particular models we remove the exhaust mixing elbow and carry out a non-destructive penetrant dye crack test to make sure that it hasn’t failed. This expert marine engineering can help to prevent internal damage commonly found on marine engines.
Purbeck Marine have extensive knowledge on most types of marine vessels and craft and will also carry out many other checks depending on the model. This experience gained over many years in the business can prevent problems before they arise.
When starting the engine we make sure it starts within an acceptable time and sounds to be running correctly and advise investigation if it doesn’t.
Winterising/inhibiting is an important factor in a boats annual marine engineering maintenance schedule, especially if out of the water and not being used for many months. The most important part is flushing the saltwater out of the cooling system and filling it with an antifreeze mixture. This prevents any corrosion from the seawater over this period, and stops the water in the system freezing up and cracking the engines internals. As part of our Winterising/Inhibiting service we also carry out other marine engineering maintenance tasks including, removing/slackening the tension from the belts, checking the engines coolant condition and strength, checking the engine over for problems and leaks so that any problems can be addressed prior to recommissioning in the spring when many marine engineers are usually busy and you want to be boating! The engine is then inhibited internally and externally with an anticorrosion fluid and the air intake is sealed.
This process is recommended to be added to a post season service where most of the tasks are already covered, this will keep the costs down and the boat will only need a recommission and run up in the spring to get it ready for the water.
Different levels of Winterizing/Inhibiting are available and we recommend that you speak to us for further information so that we can tailor it for your specific requirements.