Maintenance and Yacht Detailing Tips
Aluminum hardware should have a good coat of wax for protection.
Aluminum should be waxed twice a year or as needed. Aluminum that has a
good coat of wax will repel water, have a bright shine and will be much easier to
maintain. Same thing for Stainless steel.
Canvas must be cleaned because salt water leaves a residue on fabric that
attracts and holds moisture on the surface. Snaps that are rarely unsnapped gather salt
from the air, dab with Vaseline Spring and Fall.
Deck hatches should be opened, cleaned and dried during all boat washings,
pay attention to the drain channels too. While your at it, wipe down the seal with warm soapy water.
Electronics on exterior consoles should never be sprayed directly with a
hose. Wipe down instead with a damp cloth or chamois. All electronics should be run
for 30 minutes each week to "cook off" any air borne moisture.
Isinglass should be cleaned with mild soap and fresh water and dried with a
chamois only. Never use cleaners such as Windex. Care when rolling up
Isinglass should be taken to not scratch surface. Use clean cotton gloves to avoid
fingerprints. Do not leave isinglass rolled in the up position for extended
periods of time. Up in the morning. Down at night.
Keep street shoes off the decks.
Lockers should be kept clean, neat, and dry to prevent mildew on
whether-stripping and gear stowed in locker. All locker doors should be opened
and dried during boat cleaning. When possible all supplies in lockers looking
neat, supplies dry and damage free. Lockers should be emptied and all inside
contents wiped down every 120 days.
Man Overboard, first response. Throw a life ring, seat cushion, or anything
else that will float and be visible from the boat. Throw it flat and without a
rope attached. The float will help to locate the spot where the person fell in
and will not be towed around by the boat.
Navigation lights should be checked regularly.
Overheads - they need to be wiped down, regularly avoid salt water and mildew build-up.
Stainless steel hardware should have a good coat of wax for protection.
Stainless should be waxed bi-monthly or as needed. Stainless that has a good
coat of wax will repel water, have a bright shine and will be much easier to
maintain. Same thing for aluminum.
Teak decks that are oiled should be washed with a teak cleaner and dried
when boat is washed. When teak decks start to fade a coat or two of fresh oil may be
applied to restore. When teak decks are heavily soiled,, decks should be
stripped with a two part cleaner and allowed to completely dry. After decks are
completely dried fresh teak oil may be applied.
Ultra Violet radiation not only causes sun burn, it is the number 1 cause of
degradation to vinyl, plastics, gelcoat, line, rubber, and many other materials
used on your boat. Use sunscreen!It’s like an SPF-40 sunscreen for your boat
Vinyl Cushions should never be put up wet. Stand on end and allow to air
dry completely before putting below. Once mildew has set in to a cushion there is
nothing that will completely remove the stain.
Washing: The boat should be washed weekly, or after each use, to remove
dirt and/or salt buildup.
Windows can be maintained with Rain-X. This product sheets water off and
will make everyday cleaning of windows much easier.
Zippers that are rarely used gather a lot of salt and other contaminates,
wash with warm soapy water and work zippers, the full length, quarterly