Boat Cleaning Tips from the Lake Norman Pros
One of the top questions we get here at Westport Marina is how to correctly clean a boat. “Believe it or not, there are proper and improper ways to clean a boat to protect your investment,” says Lowry Hobbs of Westport Marina. “We believe that boat owners around Lake Norman should just have the right tools to clean their boat when it’s time.”
Boat Cleaning Tools – Choose the Right Tools
“While keeping your boat clean and maintaining the appearance of your boat, it’s not important to spend long grueling hours cleaning it,” adds Hobbs. “Again, it’s all about having the right tools and a little bit of knowledge to keep your boat clean and your investment in peak condition.”
- Cleaning Brushes – use cleaning brushes that are sturdy and will get rid of stubborn dirt, grime and salt, without damaging the finish or gel coat on your boat
- Long, Sturdy Brush Handle – a long handle will help you keep all areas of your boat clean while saving your back and muscles
- Soap – choose a marine soap that is tough on dirt, grime, salt and fish blood. Select an effective, biodegradable cleaning agent with a neutral pH factor.
- Long Garden Hose – this is key to keeping your boat wet during the washing and cleaning process
Steps to Cleaning Your Boat
“Let’s keep the boat cleaning fast and easy so you’ll make it a good habit each time you retrieve your boat from the lake,” says Hobbs. “The bare minimum in keeping your boat clean is spraying the boat with a hose to knock off mud, salt or grime.”
Step 1: Spray your boat down with a hose.
Step 2: Clean from the top of your boat down. Just like your car!
Step 3: Keep your brushes and sponges wet with soapy water and only clean one section at a time. Then rinse it.
Step 4: For your outboard-powered boat, don’t forget to lather up and rinse off the motor as well as the lower drive unit, prop area and motor mounts.
Step 5: When it comes to scrubbing the deck, you can use the same cleaning solution you use for your hull and your long-handled scrub brush.
Step 6: When drying your boat, chamois cloths or drying mops made of chamois material are good choices.
Step 7: Waxing your fiberglass boat should be done at least once a season.
Step 8: Cleaning your vinyl upholstery: First, clean off your boat’s vinyl upholstery with a damp cloth to remove grime, dirt and salt. You may want to follow this by applying a quality vinyl cleaners/protectant and again wiping off the surface. Once the upholstery is free of dirt and grime, apply a light film of spray-on furniture polish and wipe with a clean cloth.
Step 9: For cleaning your boat engine, a quality engine cleaner/protectant, such as WD-40 or Boeshield T-9, used in combination with a cleaning cloth, is usually sufficient for removing accumulated dirt, grime and grease.
Keeping your boat clean will add return to your investment and keep it running in great shape for the season. Our Westport Marina service team offers several types of boat cleaning services and engine detailing and maintenance services. We’re the best on Lake Norman!
In the meantime, we hope that you will visit us here at Westport Marina in the gorgeous and popular southwest section of Lake Norman in Denver, NC. You’ll love our boat rentals, superior boat service and our delicious food and drinks offered down at Nate’s Snack Bar on our docks. Call us at 704-483-5172 or email us to rent a boat or ask us a question. We look forward to seeing you on the lake!