5 Things You Should Do to Maintain Your Boat

a covered boatThe day you bought your boat, you envisioned it to last for a long time. Achieving that can be difficult, though, because boats are used under harsh conditions — direct sunlight and water. But, there’s no need to worry. Boats are designed to withstand these challenges.

It is almost essential to own and regularly use fishing boats, speed boats, and pontoon boats in Michigan. If you live in a water-covered state, chances are you will find yourself using your boat often that it starts to muck up.

That is why, if you are serious about making your boat stand the test of time, regular cleaning is the key.


When a boat is new and has not been on the water much, a simple wipe can do the job. You can also use a sponge and water to make sure all dirt is removed.

Pressure Washer

Grime and barnacles build up in boats. To solve this, pressure wash your boat. If you don’t have a pressure washer, a spray and a wet cloth can do the trick.

Aluminum Cleaning Products

Each kind of boat is made of different materials. In the case of pontoon boats, the aluminum material is important because of its lightweight and strength. Take care of your pontoon’s aluminum surface by using proper products that prevent oxidation and give your boat a mirror-like finish.

Vacuum Carpet

The carpet that protects your deck suffers a lot from stain, blood from fish, spills, and footprints. To clean the carpet, check its material first, then see which item is appropriate to use: broom, vacuum or blower.

Remove Stain from Seats

Mildew usually forms on the boat seats because of their exposure to the sun. Spray a stain remover to the vinyl and use a sponge or damp cloth to wipe.

The frequent cleaning of your boat saves you a lot of money in the future. When dirt piles up, you might have to hire experts to clean your boat. More importantly, when you practice this habit, you get to inspect your boat properly for any damage or discoloration. It is also smart to check your engine regularly, so you don’t meet any problems on the water.