Bass Tracker manufactures top-of-the-line, tournament-style boats. The boats are built to last, but prolonged exposure to the elements and lack of maintenance can lead to damage. The boats can be effectively repaired with basic tools. In many cases, only the exterior will require repairs, which can be done on a budget. If the outboard motor requires repair or replacement, the expenses may be very high.
Pull all of the carpet from the interior of the boat if it is worn and rotten. The stock carpet in Bass Tracker boats is of a high-quality marine grade, but it can rot if exposed to cycles of moisture and heat. Glue a new layer of marine grade carpet to the interior of the boat.
Remove the hinges that hold the lid of the bench seat. Measure the seat and order a new seat from the manufacturer or from a marine dealer. Attach the new seat to the hinge. Also remove the bolts that hold the pedestal seats to the metal post. Clean the metal post with soap and water and attach a new seat.
Test the battery with a voltage meter if it has been idle for more than one month. Charge the battery if it is dead and replace with a new marine deep cycle model if it will not hold a charge. The battery is critical for electric starts, automatic bilge pumps, trolling motors and electronic equipment.
Change the oil in the outboard and add fresh gasoline if it has not been treated with a gas preservative. Also add hydraulic fluid to the motor lift and grease all of the fittings and moving parts on the lift and motor. If the outboard is difficult to start, change the spark plugs.
Launch the boat in shallow water and test it for leaks and stability. Drop the motor and test it also. If the motor tries to turn over but does not start, it can be repaired. If the motor does not react, it may require replacement or a complete rebuild.
Items you will need
- Marine grade carpet
- Bench seat
- Pedestal seat
- Engine fluids
- Spark plugs
- Do not begin repairing the boat until you are sure the hull is not damaged. Any boat with a solid hull can be restored.
- Drop an anchor and stay within easy range of the shore while you are doing the initial test on the motor.
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