Electric boats are exploding in popularity. More and more people are ditching gas-guzzling speed boats to enjoy a cleaner and more peaceful boating experience.
The beauty of Duffy electric boats is how simple and reliable they are. Rather than needing the loudest, fastest engine on the market, an electric boat is powered by clean energy, runs silently, and provides the most relaxation on the water.
But to keep your boat operating smoothly for many more years, you will need regular servicing. An electric boat still has many moving parts that must be maintained, cleaned, and eventually replaced to keep your boat running well.
Wondering when to have your electric boat serviced? Want to know what the most common electric boat problems are? Keep reading to find out when to get electric boat repairs.
1. Squealing Noise
There are multiple reasons a Duffy boat could emit a squealing noise. First, a loose belt or tensioner will cause a squealing sound; inspect the belt for wear or damage. The tensioner or the shock may be loose, they may be tightened, but we recommend ensuring you consult the repair facility.
Even with some boat maintenance knowledge, it could take a long time to diagnose the issue, let alone fix it. Having a professional examine the boat can be much faster. Plus, when they make a repair, you can be confident that the problem won’t return.
2. Charging does not operate as expected
If the boat is plugged in at the dock and the charging indicator light does not come on, First check the dock circuit breaker and ensure the power wire is connected. If everything is plugged in and functioning, you may have a charging unit fuse issue or failed charger.
A common reason for power loss is a clogged filter. Excess debris and buildup could prevent your electric boat motor from functioning correctly. Cleaning this out could restore your power supply.
You may have an issue with a spark plug that needs to be replaced or other electrical problems. If cleaning the filter doesn’t solve your power problems, bring your boat in for service.
3. Battery Doesn’t Last
Does it feel like your boat’s battery is dying quicker than it should? If you’ve been using your boat for more than a few years, it may be reaching its life expectancy.
Most Duffy boat owners can use their batteries for five to six years before needing a replacement. It should work for 800 to 1,200 cycles, especially if it’s well-maintained by maintaining a charge and keeping it full of water.
But running your boat battery until it’s out of power can lower the cycles your boat is capable of. The best way to maintain your boat is only to use about half a charge each time you are on the water, charging it back up once you are done.
If your battery doesn’t give you as much time on the water as when you got it, it might be time to replace the battery so you can enjoy longer boating sessions.
4. Overheated Motor
Even though your Duffy boat only moves at about five mph, your motor can get hot. If your boat motor is functioning the way it should, it should be cooling down using the water under your boat. But if you have a problem with your pump, water may not be getting to the engine the way you need it to.
There may be debris preventing water from flowing through the pump. Or, there might be a clog elsewhere in the water-cooling loop.
If clearing out debris doesn’t prevent your engine from overheating, you could have another issue: a broken hose, a loose clamp, a broken drive belt, or other damage. If your engine continues to overheat, bring it in to be serviced right away.
If your engine is old, or if you’ve used it heavily for many years, it may just be time for an electric boat motor replacement, which can breathe fresh life into your boating experience.
5. Not Steering Properly
Many Duffy owners use their electric boats in harbors and bays where there are many other boats and watercraft. You must always maintain control of your boat to prevent accidents or collisions, even if you aren’t operating at high speeds.
You might find that your steering wheel isn’t turning at all, or it’s tough to turn. Or you might be turning the wheel, but the boat isn’t turning along with it. If your boat isn’t steering correctly, you need professional repairs immediately.
You might be running low on hydraulic fluid. Adding more will hopefully solve the issue. If not, there may be a leak in the hydraulic fluid lines.
Or your steering may be out due to a loose connection or break in the steering cable system. Regardless of the issue, you need this repaired asap to operate your boat safely.
6. Excessive Vibration
The beauty of an electric boat ride is the smooth, easygoing ride. It’s silent and relaxing. But since you are still running a motor, there will be a small amount of vibration on board.
If the vibration intensifies, particularly as you reach top speed, you might have an issue with your propeller. If your prop is in good shape, each blade will be balanced, providing a smooth ride.
But if one blade becomes damaged or the prop gets tangled in the fishing line, the balance of the entire propeller may be lost. This can cause the propeller to shake and vibrate excessively.
Depending on your propeller type, it may be easy to repair. But too much damage, and you’ll need to have the propeller replaced.
7. Taking On Water
Is your boat taking on more water than it should? A normal amount of water in your boat should be taken care of by your bilge pump. But if water is filling up, you may have a hole or leak in your boat.
That or a broken hose in the cooling system could be causing water to leak into the boat. Either way, you don’t want to cause additional damage to your boat or risk sinking, so have your boat repaired as soon as possible.
Living the Duffy Lifestyle
Many Duffy Boat owners love that our electric boats are easy to operate and maintain. But as with any type of boat or vehicle, there comes a time when your electric boat will need servicing.
Do you have a particular question or concern about your current Duffy Boat? Or are you looking to purchase a new electric boat so you can start relaxing on the water in the most enjoyable, environmentally-friendly way possible?
We’d love to hear from you! Contact us today, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.