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Regardless of what your boat is made of, its important that your boat is washed down with freshwater after each outing. This ensures you wash off most of that harmful seawater, leaving saltwater on your boat can lead to higher levels of corrosion as well as wear down the polish and gelcoat.
To ensure you, your family and friends are safe out at sea its really critical to ensure your motor is well maintained.
If you use your boat fairly regularly or its exposed to the elements you should probably give your boat a thorough wash at least once a month. You’ll want to use warm soapy water with a non-abrasive sponge.
Safety equipment can go out of date so its important you check these occasionally to ensure they will be able to operate and be used in the event of an emergency. You should always have equipped Flares, Lifejackets, a Radio and a Fire Extinguidsher. Check atleast every three months that your nav lights are working, anchor isn’t in a bad condition and your EPIRB battery is still in date.
Treat your boat to a wax and polish at least once a year. Over time marks as well as stains can build up on the hull, you may need to use more heavy duty products and a brush to clean these up. After you have given it a spot clean you can then dry and apply the wax and cleaner product, you’ll want to use a soft cloth and buff until shiny.