3 Common Causes of Boat Breakdowns

At Jordanelle Rentals & Marina, we’ve seen our fair share of boat issues and breakdowns. Knowing some of the most common problems boat owners face, especially while out on the water, can help you prevent these issues from ever coming to fruition. Before gathering your fishing gear or water skis, check these three areas on your boat for a safe and enjoyable day on the water.

3 Common Causes of Boat Breakdowns

1. Dead Battery

One of the most common causes of boat issues is a dead battery. It can be fairly easy for them to lose their charge, especially if they’re not used often. Before heading out on the waves, take a moment to test the battery. You may also want to invest in a battery charger so you can keep it consistently powered.

2. Bad Gas

Bad or contaminated gas can arise from a variety of sources. Sometimes you can get contaminated gas at the pump. It may contain water or other pollutants that cause damage to your spark plugs. If you have an old fuel tank on your boat, it may be corroded inside or filled with sand, dirt, and rocks. When the gas goes through the fuel lines, the sediment can clog the fuel filter. Damaged spark plugs and a clogged fuel filter results in a non-working motor.

3. Overheated Engine

Just as a boat that isn’t used often can cause the battery to die, a boat that is used for an extended period of time can result in an overheated engine. There are a few reasons why the engine may be burning up. A blocked water intake or a hose that’s leaking water into the engine has been known to cause it to quickly heat up. If you see that temperature gauge start rising, it’s time to slow down and let the engine cool before you can no longer use it.

Professional Boat Technicians in Midway & Beyond

Jordanelle Rentals & Marina employs highly-trained and well-experienced boat technicians that can repair almost any boat problem they see. Along with our professional boat service and repair department, we also rent pontoon boats, ski boats, fishing boats, jet skis, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards in Midway and the nearby areas. Contact us today for quality boat maintenance by calling (435) 615-7397.

Source: Hunting, Benjamin. “Top 5 Most Common Boat Breakdowns.” Know How NAPA Online. National Automotive Parts Association, 30 May. 2020. Web. 15 Jun. 2022.


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