How to Clean a Boat | Discover Boating

There is more to being a boat owner than enjoying the sunshine open water. Your watercraft requires proper maintenance if it going to run correctly and safely. Though there are some things that should be left to the professionals, you can DIY some routine checks to give your boat a longer life and make your outings safe and enjoyable.

Wash Your Boat

When it comes to your boat maintenance accessories kit, a biodegradable boat detergent and spray wand or long-handled brush should be the first things you purchase. You need to clean your boat after every use if you are going to prevent the metal from corrosion. You could lose as much as 30% fuel efficiency with a dirty hull.

Wipe Down the Interior

The spray and moisture in the air can cause your interior to mild or mold, creating upholstery or instrument damage over time. Use fresh water and soap to wipe down the seats but use a cloth with clean water to wipe away any soapy residue. Dry the seats thoroughly with a soft cloth before applying a UV inhibitor product. This should be done at least once a week to prevent cracking or discoloration.

Give Your Engine an Assessment

You may not know how the engine works, but you can check it for some basic concerns. Check to make sure there are no cracks in the hoses or gaps between connections. Look for signs of corrosion on the clamps or fuel lines. Tighten the bold of the outboard motor. Use an anti-corrosive to lubricate all the moving parts you can reach.

Check Your Propeller

Before and after every outing, check to make sure the propeller nut is tight. Keep a deep socket wrench in your kit or on the boat for this. Look for dents as well, as it can cause you to use extra fuel.

Keeping your boat in good repair will prolong its lifespan. You can enjoy the water for years to come.