Protecting Your Boat – Maintenance And Upkeep
The minute after you buy your boat, you need to start thinking about its maintenance and upkeep. Personally inspect your boat or have a professional do it, but keep in mind that there are several things you need to do in order for you to keep it in good shape.
Your boat is made of different types of materials: mostly canvas, fiberglass, and metal. Each needs a different means of cleaning so check your local marine supplier for advice about what’s best for you boat. Boat wax is important because it maintains the look of your boat no matter how long you’ve used it. There are different types of boat wax available, and most boat suppliers recommend a double application of paste wax. It’s is often suggested that natural rather than chemical products used to preserve the finish of your boat.
Bottom cleaning, that is, cleaning the parts that contact with the water is especially important. The bottom of your boat should be routinely inspected and cleaned to remove barnacles and algae that attach themselves to your boat. That affects your boat’s speed and performance. The more you use your boat, the more it needs bottom cleaning. That’s obviously not a DYI project; you need experts who are equipped to prevent growth treatments.
But there is a lot you can do to protect your boat as well. Your “out of the water” areas need to be protected as well. They can be easily protected by investing in high quality canvas coverings from CMC Canvas LLC.
They can protect everything that is on your boat from wind, rain and insects; as well as keeping your “bright work” bright and your wood work free of insects and other “wild life” making a home on your boat when you’re not there.