Talk to any seasoned boater and they’ll tell you that there’s nothing more heartbreaking than a neglected, unsightly boat. It’s shocking how some people invest a fortune on a vessel only to let it deteriorate before its time.
Don’t be that guy. If your boat has begun to display early signs of premature aging, it could be because of the following reasons:
1. You don’t buy a cover
A cover is one of the most important accessories you can buy for your boat. That’s because it protects your boat from the harsh elements that could damage its body. You can find custom-made boat covers in different designs and prices. If you haven’t yet bought one, it’s time to do it or you risk losing your boat soon.
2. You’re using the wrong materials for your gel coat
Your boat’s gel coat is quite strong, but it’s still important to maintain it well using the right cleaning materials. That’s because the gel coat can get stains over time. Removing these stains with the wrong materials will only dissolve the gel coat, shortening your boat’s life. In fact, it’s best to invest in materials that prevent stains in the first place.
3. You are ignoring moisture
Any type of moisture on your watercraft is dangerous, so always have a few towels lying around to wipe the vessel when it’s wet. If you are letting water linger around, then you are only risking waterline stains. Salty water is especially dangerous, as it can corrode your boat’s body, causing it to age more quickly. Dew can encourage the growth of mildew, which is also dangerous for your boat.
A clean, well-maintained boat is a sight to behold. The good news is that keeping your watercraft looking new and functioning well for ages only takes a few simple habits.