Boat Maintenance

By Michelle L Published 10/16/2009 | Fishing and Boating

So you have purchased a boat and you would like to know about boat maintenance so that you can care for it the right way. A boat needs to be maintained the right way so that you will be able to use it for a long time. When it comes to cleaning and maintaining the boat, you should first start with the top side of the boat. I suppose you are aware that it is not difficult to clean the topside of the boat. This is because it is gel-coated and you can easily clean the surface with a boat or mild soap. Once you have finished cleaning the surface with soap, you should then clean off the soap with water in order to prevent water spots or soap scum.

When it comes to cleaning the surface of the boat, I would advise you to start from the bow and then move to the stern gradually; as the boats have the tendency to drain from the bow to the stern. In order to protect the gelcoat and make your boat shine constantly, it would be a great idea to buy and apply boat wax or automotive wax on your boat about two times a year. Make sure you apply the wax on those parts of the boat that people will not be walking on. This should be done to prevent slipping.

To clean the canvas, you can use a soft scrub brush and detergent. It is recommended that you lubricate the zippers with paraffin wax and the snaps with petroleum jelly. Moreover, you should also make use of water-proofing solution on the canvas so that it will be possible for you to avoid the breakdown of the material. Before you store you boat, it is important that you allow the canvas to dry. This way, it will be possible for you to prevent mold build-up and moisture damage.

You can use water and vinegar solution to clean the glass windows. In fact, you can even use a glass cleaner for this purpose. You can make use of silicon spray on the glass windows to prevent scratches. If the windows are made from vinyl then you should not use a glass cleaner as the chemicals will damage the vinyl. What you can do is make use of water instead. I would advise you not to make use of bleach when you are cleaning your boat as it can be a little harsh on the various parts of the boat. Try to clean you boat every time you have used the boat.