Currently, my new-to-me boat is on the hard getting her bottom painted and zincs replaced. I'm also having the raw water hose replaced while she's out of the water.
Should I go ahead and have the mechanic do the normal routine maintenance items -- e.g., change fluids and filters -- now at the boat yard? Or would it be better to wait until the boat is in the water at the marina, or does it matter?
My plan was to wait until she is in the water. My experience (on my other, gasoline-powered boats) has been to run the engines before and after fluid changes -- to warm up the oil before draining, and then to check fluid levels after refilling. I'm not sure that can be done on this boat if it's not in the water. I'm assuming it's not.
What do you all think? I guess I could ask the guys at the boatyard, but you guys are easier to get hold of.
Plus, the boatyard may want to do it rather than lose the business, even if it's not in the best interests of my boat.