You love the water. But you can hardly wait to jump in the shower after a day by the lake.
Why? Mud, silt, insects and algae do not exactly make you feel fresh. They make your boat dirty too.
Do not sweat! We found 10 professional tips to help you keep your boat clean and ready for adventure.
1. Choose your detergent carefully
The American Boating Association recommends environmentally friendly soaps. This is because concentrated detergents can be removed and damage the surfaces when left on for extended periods.
Sailors for the Sea recommends Shurhold Brite Wash and Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze Boat / RV Gel Wash for their commitment to the environment and their cleaning ability.
When you go under deck, cleaners like Seventh Generation and Bon Ami are both excellent options.
2. Rinse it
Scrubbing a dry boat can scratch and damage the beautiful finish. Start by rinsing your boat from top to bottom to remove loose dirt and grime.
3. Give the hull a wash
Give your boat a thorough wash with water, your boat wash and a soft sponge. Be sure to include all corners and under the seats.
What about fiberglass and aluminum boats? Mike Sneed, Service Manager for Tracker Boat Center® in Springfield, Missouri, says: “The best thing you can do is wash, or at least wipe, the boat every time it is pulled out of the water. This will keep dirty seawater from staining the fiberglass paints. “
4. Rinse again
Start at the top, rinse your boat one more time. Be sure to remove all soapy water.
5. Dry your boat
Use a soft cloth to dry the boat. It leaves a nice, stripe-free finish to prepare your boat for waxing.
6. Wax on, wax off
A layer of wax keeps your boat shiny and new. In a circular motion, apply wax to the hull of your boat. Once dried, remove excess wax with a soft bath towel.
7. Clean the cloth
If it is not marked, mold and mildew can quickly form on any canvas on your boat. The Great Lakes Boat Top Company suggests cleaning your cloth with lukewarm water and detergent, followed by rinsing with clear water. Let the cloth air dry after it is clean.
Your canvas or Dacron sail does not need too much maintenance. Sailmaker FX Sails recommends that you rinse your sails after using them and give them time to dry before storing them. When you need to wash them, in most cases, mild soap, water and a soft brush work.
8. What about teak?
Boatmaker Chris-Craft is a company known for its teak processing. They recommend that you clean teak by scrubbing over the vein with water, a mild detergent and a soft plastic brush.
Chris-Craft says: “There is no need to add layers of teak sealant or oils, other than for the cosmetic look. But if you want to maintain this look, use a teak sealer instead of oil. Oils make the wood darker, which makes it hotter and slippery, which counteracts the teak̵7;s natural non-slip surface. “
9. Clean your outboard engine
Justin Hoffman writes for Bass Pro Shops and suggests a simple mix of detergent and water to clean your outboard engine.
“For tough places, a commercial degreaser will get the job done,” says Hoffman. “Spray on and use a soft brush or coarse sponge.”
When you are done, rinse it and dry the engine with a clean towel.
10. Clean boat seats in vinyl
Although they are designed for aquatic environments, your boat seats will last longer if you clean them regularly. The Dockside Canvas Company suggests using mild soap and water to clean the seats.
Rinse them with clean water and dry them with a soft towel. Adding a UV protector to the seats can extend the life of the upholstery.
Now that your boat is sparkling and clean, protect it from accidents. Your local, licensed Pekin Insurance agent will help you find the right insurance plan for your boat and budget.