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Battery Management & Maintenance

Group 27 Marine AGM BatteryBattery Selection:

Most boat owners understand the importance of maintaining your vessel and it’s propulsion system – however some do not fully understand the reasons behind  or the importance of performing “annual service’.

Marine Battery Charger Sales, Installations in Ft MyersCharging & Maintaining your Batteries:

We all know how important it is for us to regularly maintain our cars’ and truck’s engine, transmission, tires and brakes. The regimen of oil changes, tire rotations and brake checks every 3000- 5000 miles has been burned into our collective mindset since we were kids.

Marine Battery Switch Sales, Installations & Repair in SW FLoridaUnderstand the use of your Battery Switch:

Savvy boat owners have a similar mindset. They understand that without regular maintenance (annually or per 100 hours of operation, whichever comes first) their beloved vessel could end up letting them down in a much more unforgiving environment than on the side of the road.

Marine Fuse Block Sales, Installation & Repair in Ft MyersFuse Blocks & Circuit Breakers:

In southwest Florida our weather and water conditions create an environment conducive to fun in the sun but those same conditions can wreak havoc on a vessel’s propulsion and other systems thus increasing the importance of maintaining a regular maintenance schedule.

Your Engine’s Charging System:

When it comes to outboard maintenance with today’s technologically advanced motors one thing is for certain; seasons of neglect will lead to major repair expenses at the very least. The bottom line is that you should have your boat’s motors (Inboard, I/O or Outboard) and safety systems serviced at least annually by a certified technician. Don’t find yourself saying, “If I only would have…”

The friendly, knowledgeable technicians at Twin Screws Marine Service can help you make the most of your time on the water by performing regular maintenance services at our Service Center in Ft Myers or ask us to come to you!

Call 239-330-3387 or use the form to the right to schedule your next service!

Power Maintenance at-a-glance

  • Stay with one battery chemistry (flooded, gel or AGM) Each battery type requires specific charging voltages. Mixing battery types can result in under- or over-charging. This may mean replacing all batteries on board at the same time.
  • Never mix old batteries with new ones in the same bank. While it seems like this would increase your overall capacity, old batteries tend to pull down the new ones to their deteriorated level.
  • Regulate charge voltages based on battery temperature and acceptance (manually or with sensing) to maximize battery life and reduce charge time. Ensure that your charging system is capable of delivering sufficient amperage to charge battery banks efficiently. This generally means an alternator/charger with 25% to 40% as many amperes as the capacity of your entire battery bank.
  • Keep batteries clean, cool and dry.
  • Check terminal connectors regularly to avoid loss of conductivity.
  • Add distilled water to flooded lead acid batteries when needed. Keep them charged. Leaving them in a discharged state for any length of time will damage them and lower their capacity.
  • Clean corrosion with a paste of baking soda and water.
  • Install & Use your battery switch. This will reduce accidental discharge ensuring the power you need will be available when required as well as allowing you the ability (in multi-battery installations) to choose a power source for house power needs while protecting your motor start reserves.

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annual service by Twin Screws Marine Service ensures worry-free boating

Importance of Annual Service in SW Florida

Most boat owners understand the importance of maintaining your vessel and it’s propulsion system – however some do not fully understand the reasons behind  or the importance of performing “annual service’.

We all know how important it is for us to regularly maintain our cars’ and truck’s engine, transmission, tires and brakes. The regimen of oil changes, tire rotations and brake checks every 3000- 5000 miles has been burned into our collective mindset since we were kids.

Savvy boat owners have a similar mindset. They understand that without regular maintenance (annually or per 100 hours of operation, whichever comes first) their beloved vessel could end up letting them down in a much more unforgiving environment than on the side of the road.

In southwest Florida our weather and water conditions create an environment conducive to fun in the sun but those same conditions can wreak havoc on a vessel’s propulsion and other systems thus increasing the importance of maintaining a regular maintenance schedule.

When it comes to today’s technologically advanced marine motors one thing is for certain; seasons of neglect will lead to major repair expenses at the very least. The bottom line is that you should have your boat’s motors (Inboard, I/O or Outboard), transmissions, outdrives or lower units and safety systems serviced at least annually by a certified technician. Don’t find yourself saying: “If I only would have…” while being towed in to shore instead of enjoying a glorious day on the water.

The friendly, knowledgeable technicians at Twin Screws Marine Service can help you make the most of your time on the water by performing regular maintenance services at our Service Center in Ft Myers or ask us to come to you for dockside or on-trailer marine service!

Call 239-330-3387 or use the form to the right to schedule your next service!

Annual Service Checklist (minimum)

  • Inspect Spark Plug(s) – replace as needed
  • Inspect any Belts – replace as needed
  • Inspect Thermostat(s)- replace as needed
  • Replace Fuel Filters (including water separating fuel filter)
  • Replace Engine Oil & Oil Filter
  • Replace Lower Unit Gear Oil & Fill/Drain Seals
  • Inspect For Water in Lower Unit
  • If water is found, Pressure Test Lower Unit
  • Install New Water Pump Impeller and gaskets/seals
  • Remove Prop, lubricate Prop shaft & thrust washer & Inspect Seal
  • Inspect & Replace Zincs as needed
  • Grease Zirc Fittings, Prop Shaft, Drive Shaft
  • Inspect Popit Valve – replace as needed
  • Protect w/ Corrosion Block
  • Check Battery Charge Level & Condition
  • Perform Vital Systems Check
  • Check Trim, Steering & other Hydraulic Fluids
  • Inspect Steering Components
  • Inspect Vessel’s Pumps, Safety & Warning systems

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Mercury Outboard Sales & Service

Twin Screws Marine Service is your authorized Mercury annual service provider for all of Southwest Florida. We offer dockside repair for Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Marco Island and beyond.  Our mobile marine service is available 24/7 with Mercury computer diagnostics at dockside or at our full service marine service center.  Annual boat service for Mercury Outboard motors is recommended every year or every 100 hours.  We provide Mercury warranty service in addition to regular boat maintenance items.

Twin Screws Marine Service offers the best in Mercury Marine sales and service.  Our goal is to give you the best performing outboard motor for your boat while providing excellent customer service.

 

 

 

Mercury outboard Sales and Promotions in Ft myers

Mercury Outboard Sales & Service in Ft Myers

Twin Screws Marine Service is your premiere,  local Mercury Outboard Sales & Service Center & Dealer in Ft Myers! That means we can handle all of your new Mercury motor installations or re-power needs along with Mercury outboard warranty repairs and Mercury outboard service.

Buy your new outboard here at Twin Screws Marine Service!  Offering Sales and installations of Mercury Verado, Mercury OptiMax, Mercury FourStroke, Mercury SeaPro FourStroke, Mercury Pro XS outboard motors – ask us about CPO (Certified Pre Owned) Deals!

What sets us apart from other dealers?
Not only do we have a full service marine service center, we also offer mobile marine service with Mercury certified technicians.

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Mercury certified boat repair that comes to you!
Give us a call: 239-330-3387