It's easy to stay ahead when you check the engine room daily and fix problems as soon as they appear. To make this job easier, we keep the engine room as clean as possible and wiped down at all times so that we can detect any leaks or trouble brewing before a major problem develops. A clean engine room allows you to monitor fluid use or leaks and any external part wear and tear. As a rule, I make a complete engine-room inspection at the end of every day's fishing. That way, if there's something wrong, or even something just starting to go wrong, I can get a jump on it, and I have the whole night to make adjustments, repairs or complete change outs and can avoid missing the next day's fishing. Sure, as the old saying goes, "stuff happens," but the inspection every day keeps any surprises to a minimum and helps ensure that your boat fishes the next day.