Q: Where is my boat’s serial number/hull identification number located?
A: All Bennington hull identification numbers (HIN) are located on the aft deck near the transom. As Australia’s Bennington dealer we are required by law to place a builder’s plate on the boat located on the inside starboard wall near the helm which will contain your HIN and will always start with USETW. Boats without this plate are not dealer delivered, will not have a warranty and can affect your resale value.
Q: How do I flush the engine after use?
A: It’s difficult to put engine flushers on when your boat is in the water. Most engine manufacturers incorporate an external port in their engines which will allow you to screw a hose fitting in, click your hose on and run fresh water through. We can also make a more convenient flushing device to make it even easier for you. It is important to flush your motor while it is still warm so the thermostat is still open. We are working on a video to show you how easy it is.
Q: How do I clean the bimini canvas and mooring or playpen cover for my Bennington boat?
A: Please click here to view the Surlast cleaning and care instructions.
Q: How do I clean the vinyl for my Bennington boat?
A: Please do not use ArmorAll vinyl cleaner or other similar products. They tend to make the vinyl hard and brittle over time. For pre-2017 boats, please click here to view the Syntec Cleaning and Care instructions. For longer lasting protection please apply 303 vinyl protectant and UV stabilizer. For post-2017 model boats, please click here for the Simtex Vinyl Cleaning Tutorial.
Q: How often should I service my Bennington boat?
A: For saltwater applications it’s important to hose the boat down after every use. Anti-fouling every year is a perfect opportunity to inspect everything under deck and to have the engine serviced. If your boat is kept on a boatlift or similar device, still checking every year whilst having the engine serviced is strongly recommended.
Q: How often should I replace sacrificial anodes?
A: Typically sacrificial anodes will last a year but you must regularly check them for wear or deterioration. If any is noticed it’s critical to get the boat out for further inspection and to check if there are stray electrical currents in your immediate area.
Q: Do the pontoons have watertight compartments or just baffles?
A: Each Bennington pontoon has three separate water-tight compartments which are pressure tested to ensure they meet exacting standards. Boats longer than 25’ usually have four separate water-tight compartments. Boats without separate watertight compartments have a bung at the back of the tubes under the water line where Bennington tubes have a bung for each compartment above the waterline.
Q: How can I order parts & accessories?
A: We carry some parts and accessories. If you need something we don’t have we can get it as long as it’s still available from Bennington or their suppliers.
Q: Can I order a “Custom” or “Special” floor plan built boat?
A: In some cases (but not all) “Custom” or “Special” floor plan built boats can be produced depending on the desired custom changes. For more information, please contact us.
Q: Do I need a boat with 2 tubes or 3 tubes?
A: This depends on your requirements. Typically 2 tubes are sufficient for most applications and on most Bennington boats over 6 metres will allow up to 150HP which you can easily tow people on an inflatable towing device. Where a third tube is beneficial is that it gives more buoyancy and allows greater sized motors (up to 400HP outboards) if you would like to ski. Bennington offer a number of higher performance 2 or 3 tube options too! Call us to determine what’s the best for your needs.
Q: Should I have an outboard or inboard motor?
A: If you plan on keeping your boat moored in the water, for saltwater applications we recommend having outboard motors where the leg can be fully taken out of the water. With inboard motors the leg will always be underwater which increase wear and maintenance particularly as barnacles grow on the leg and bellows. This isn’t an issue for freshwater use. Regular use in shallow waters is also another reason to choose an outboard.
Q: How many people can I legally carry?
A: All boats we import will have the Australian builder’s compliance plate AND the US fitted plate mounted on the wall at the helm. All US imported boats have larger payload person numbers than Australian delivered boats because they average men, women and children to approx 63kg each. Australian standards calculate adults to 80kg each so a boat we badge for 10 may well carry the US rating for 13 AS LONG AS you don’t exceed the kilogram capacity and have all necessary safety gear.