For all of you who are still new to the boating lifestyle, let us be among the first to welcome you to the high seas!  Owning a boat is unmistakably one of the great joys of life and, as many find out quickly, more a way-of-life than a fleeting hobby.  But with great joy comes great responsibility, and you're likely already becoming aware of the need to be proactive when it comes to caring for your new vessel.

We're constantly updating or blog with detailed articles on each of the following topics, but for now let's just look at a rundown of the most common types of boat maintenance.

  • Boat cleaning, doll-up and detailing service
  • Oil changes and mechanical inspection
  • Prop inspection, testing and replacement
  • Marine engine repairs and tune-ups
  • Inspection of tie-downs, rails and accessories
  • Winterization and pre-launch prep

Choosing the Right Marina for Your Boat Service Needs

There are a few essentials worth being mindful of when deciding on a marina, because you'll want the relationship to be one that spans the long term.  Lugging your craft from boat dealer to boat dealer is never fun, trust us.  Look for a marina that's geographically within your limits, and if possible, one who serves as an authorized dealer/service shop for your manufacturer.

If you bought an older boat it wouldn't hurt to make sure they can obtain your parts, in the event of necessary and common repairs.  This also applies to those who own specialty and performance crafts, pontoon boats and others.  And of course, look them up online and see what others are saying and have said about their expertise and scope of services.

Sutter's is a Trusted Full-service Marina & Boat Service Center

At Sutter's Canandaigua Marina we've never forgotten what it was like to be a first-time boat owner.  All of the new responsibilities can be overwhelming, leading some to throw in the proverbial towel after just one season.  This is just one of the motivations that inspires us to make the process as stress-free and rewarding as possible.  We're authorized dealers for Bennington, Regal and Formula, and offer a diverse range of maintenance, service and storage options for WNY boating enthusiasts.

To learn more about the most important boat maintenance requirements for those new to boating, call the experts at Sutter's Marina today in Canandaigua at 585-394-0918.  Or reach us in Rochester at 585-482-4112 for more information.