Maintaining a pristine looking boat in the summertime takes planning and effort. A boat is normally exposed to different elements that can adversely affect its appearance over time. This includes the ultraviolet rays from the sun and barnacles and algae in the water. In order to keep your boat in pristine shape, you need to have a plan to protect it from the elements, and you have to put your plan in place. Here are three things you should do to keep your boat in pristine shape this summertime.
Wax & Polish
You should wax and polish your fiberglass boat on a regular basis to keep it looking shiny and new. A fiberglass boat typically has a coating of gel on it to make it look fantastic. If you don’t keep up on the waxing and polishing, the gel coat will oxidize and fade, which will give the exterior a dull fading appearance.
Use Hydraulic Boat Lifts
Whether you are in salt or fresh-water, pulling the boat out of the water when not in use helps to reduce the buildup of organisms on the hull. As the boat sits in the water, it becomes a magnet for things like barnacles and algae. Pulling it out of the water with a hydraulic boat lift causes the organisms to dry out and fall off the hull.
Cover the Boat
Boat covers protect the outside and inside of the boat. A cover protects your boat from fading from the ultraviolet rays from the sun, falling debris like sticks and branches, bird droppings, and pests. The ultraviolet rays will also fade and crack the vinyl seats and other materials in the boat. You should make sure the cover is waterproof and is resistant to ultraviolet rays.
Upgrading Your Boat this Summertime
Whether it’s your first or hundredth time taking a boat out this summer, it’s important to realize how to best care for your boat year round. Upgrading your boat with a swim platform, hydraulic lift, or a pop-up chock could be beneficial if you take your boat out often. Call SeaLift today at (321)-638-0301 to get the best boating experience this summer!