Belfast It’s Time To Prep Your Boat for Summer
Boating in the waters throughout the Belfast area is quite enjoyable. Between the navigational opportunities as well as the wonderful sights from the water, there are few areas that can rival our area.
So as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer you are no doubt itching to get your boat out on the water again.
Whether you make your way across the waves under power or sail there now is the time you should consider doing a few things to ensure that your voyage is as pleasant as possible.
Maintain Your Boats Interior
Whether you keep your boat at a marina, tied up to a dock, or stored in the back yard it’s likely to remain damp throughout the year. So, your number one priority is to stop mold and mildew from getting their clutches into your interior spaces.
Preventing opportunities for mold and mildew to grow on your boat in the first place is obviously key to keeping your marine space a healthy one. Here are some tips about prevention and cleaning on your water craft.
Mold and mildew can be seriously harmful to the health of you and your family. Learn more about the negative effects of mold on your health here.
An easy way to prevent damp is to place pots of desiccant (this is the same stuff you find in the pockets of your down jackets or shoes that are labeled “do not eat”). This is also a highly toxic chemical and should be kept well out of reach of pets and curious young ones.
These are easily found at boating supply stores; brands like DampRid will absorb moisture from the air, making it an inhospitable environment for mold. You should keep this on your boat whenever it is not in use and replace every few months.
Cleaning Your Boats Exterior
Even if you’ve been keeping your boat nice and dry during the off season, now is a good time for a preliminary hose down. Though you likely gave it a good cleaning in preparation for putting it away for the winter, dust, dirt, and animal debris can still accumulate.
Start out by rinsing your boat with fresh water to loosen any dried-on dirt. A pressure washer may make this process easier, but it is not strictly necessary.
Washing your boat from top to bottom, with a marine friendly soap and a soft brush is next on the list.
Pro Tip… Work from top to bottom, in small sections and rinse before allowing it to dry in order to prevent streaking.
Adding a fresh coat of a quality marine wax will not only help protect your newly clean surface but can also add a nice shine. Apply as you would a wax to your car.
Having your boats hull well leaned and well waxed will decrease friction and drag, allowing your boat to move more smoothly through the waters around Belfast or wherever along the coast of this great state of Maine you boating adventures may take you.
Ready For The Season
We love to enjoy boating in the Belfast, Camden and Rockland waters just like you. Frankly, we enjoy sailing all along the coast of Maine…
No matter where you enjoy sailing, you should always make sure your boat is ready for the season ahead. This starts with preventing mold and mildew from taking hold of your vessel.
Need help with the mold in your boat?
Let your friends and neighbors at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland help. Our highly trained staff can help with the mold that may have festered and grown.
We are only a phone call away, 207-338-1850.
We hope you can enjoy the boating season that will soon take hold of Belfast. Prepping your boat now, inside and out, will ensure that it will not only look good, but it is ready to operate the best it can.