Maintenance

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My drive belt appears to be loose.  How do I tension it? 
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I have made all of the above adjustments and am still 
having problems with my drive belt skipping. What should I 
do next?
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Does the drive belt loosen over time?
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How often will the belt need to be replaced?
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The average life span of a drive belt is 3 – 5 years.  Belts 
rarely fail completely and a new belt can be carried in the 
boat and replaced on the water with no tools needed.

We suggest keeping the extra belt in a sun-proof package –
 not a clear plastic bag 

Sometimes, if the belt has been stretched for a long time 
by overtightening, taking it off and turning it around 
helps.  You can take the belt off and put it back on without 
taking the drive unit out of the boat.


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Q
What typical mechanical issues should I be prepared for 
with my Nauticraft boat?
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What tools do I need to maintain the boat?  
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How do I get back to shore if my belt breaks?  
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My boat is sitting very low in the water- what’s wrong?  
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How do I drain the keels?  How often does this need to be 
done (for Encore & Sprite models)? 
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Why is there water in the boat below the drive-unit and 
driveshaft?  
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Is there someplace I can obtain information on 
replacement parts?
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Who should I contact when I need replacement parts?
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What is the warranty and how are repairs handled?
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