FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
Since 2012 Evolution Marine has answered customer queries / provided expert advice on boat service and repair, boat electrical, marine & boating electronics, boat operation, pre-purchase inspections and insurance repairs.
Here we share some questions and answers with expert advice and information.
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I am new to boating. Where do I start?
The Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook contains guidance and safety information for all recreational boaters, including sailors, kayakers, canoeists, rowers, wakeboarders, water-skiers, and kitesurfers. Topics include Essentials for safe boating, Safe operation, Emergency procedures, Licensing and registration and Personal watercraft (PWC) / jetskis.
See link below under Education for this handbook, or consult your relevant State authority.
What do I check before going out on the water?
- Check fuel level
- On 2-stroke outboards check the oil tank level
- Check that drain / bung plugs are fitted and secure
- Inspect all safety equipment and life jackets
- Check the use by date on flares
- Check battery condition and charge
What should I do after being out on the water?
- Remove drain / bung plugs to drain your hull
- Run your engine at idle speed for at least 10 minutes with fresh water going through to flush salt water
- Wash your trailer, as trailers rust, boats don't
- Wash your boat, to reduce the effects of salt corrosion
- Clean / check your boat for leftover bait
What are the lighting requirements for boats?
As requirements change over time and differ by State, please consult your State boating handbook.
See link below under Education for the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook.
When I stop at fishing spots is there an easier way to anchor?
We can professionally install a boat anchor winch to suit your boat.
Read our information on Lone Star Marine boat anchor winches.
When should I service an inboard / outboard boat?
All boats require service every 100 hours or 12 months, whatever comes first.
When is a major boat service required?
A major service is necessary at least every 3 years, depending upon usage.
When should I service the boat trailer?
During a boat service, we also inspect your trailer. We will inform you of any problems that require rectification.
Pre-Purchase inspection and Insurance repairs
I have found a boat I like. Can you do a pre-purchase inspection on-site?
Due to advanced technology in today’s engines, we can only inspect boats at our premises. We have experienced late model boats with significant engine damage due to poor choice of engine oils.
I have damaged my boat. Do you handle insurance repairs?
We have repaired boats insured with all the major marine insurance companies.