Washing and Cleaning Your Boat

Cleaning your boatA boat can last a long time if you take care of it. One of the most important things for keeping your boat looking new, is to keep the various surfaces clean from contaminants that cause corrosion, rust and discoloration. This is especially important if your boat has been in salt water. Salt will speed up the corrosion process.

When pulling your boating out of the water take time to wipe down your boat with a couple of dry rags. Water spotting, if allowed to sit in the hot sun, become a lot more difficult to remove. If you do have some hard water spots, a chemical like Limeaway does a pretty good job. If you use Limeaway, make sure that you wear rubber gloves, and only do small areas at a time, then rinse thoroughly with water.

After you have towed your boat home, use some soapy water to clean the grime away from your boat. It is good to wash sections of your boat at a time, then thoroughly rinse with water, not allowing the sun to dry the soapy water to the surface of your boat. Work from the top down, making sure you don’t miss any spots. You might need to use a soft brush to clean away a waterline on the hull.

This is always a good time to inspect the boat for any nicks, scratches or broken items. This is also a good time to check the air pressure in your tires, the grease in your wheel bearings, and if using automatic brakes, the brake fluid.

To keep surface of boat looking shinny and new, you may want to apply a thin layer of wax twice a year, depending on how extensive you use your boat. A good layer of wax will protect your surface from the elements and keep it looking new.