You may have that spring in your step because there’s a hint of Spring in the air. A new start beckons with longer, warmer sun-filled days ahead. Renewal and refresh go hand in hand with the end of Winter and the transition to an exciting start to the new Brisbane boating season.

If you have a boat, now’s the time to give it a deep spring clean and consider a Brisbane boat service. Read on to discover why these are so important, even if you haven’t been using your boat to the max.

Why Spring Cleaning & Boat Servicing Are a Sound Investment

Spring cleaning is a centuries-old tradition marking “out with the old” and “in with the new.” It’s also as critical a part of boat maintenance as is boat servicing. If you fail to clean your boat thoroughly, you risk damaging and compromising its performance. Spring cleaning your boat will:

● Help to ensure the smooth operation of your boat
● Reduce any drag that could slow your boat down
● Improve fuel consumption
● Protect the hull from marine organisms that can set up home there
● Help maintain your boat’s value and make it look attractive to potential buyers

Throwing in a boat service will ensure you catch any problems before they put your boat out of action. The engine, electronics, batteries and steering need regular testing by qualified, experienced experts who can spot and fix potential issues.

Tips for Cleaning Your Boat

Giving your boat a deep clean is something of an art form. First, look for any areas that may need extra attention. Check for signs of wear and tear or damage like frayed ropes, cracks in the hull or worn-out batteries. Here’s how to spring-clean a boat like a pro:

1. Declutter

Remove rubbish and any movable items that could cause you to trip while cleaning. It’ll give more room to move about. Remember, a spring clean is also an opportunity to clean up items such as lifejackets, tools and seat covers and check over your first aid kit.

You can put most non-vinyl cushions and covers in the washing machine. Wash them in cold water and let them air dry to avoid shrinkage. If the foam has become musty or mildewed, sprinkle a layer of bi-carb soda on the affected parts and let them sit in the sun for a few days.

Shake the bi-carb soda out and mist the cushions with a mixture of half water and half white vinegar. Rinse with fresh water from a hose or put them through a cold washing machine cycle.

2. Your Cleaning Tools and Products

You’re going to need a mild detergent and soft-bristled brush for most areas on board. Lemon juice mixed with a bit of bicarbonate of soda used on a toothbrush is excellent for getting into those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies on the decks.

You’ll also need micro-fibre cloths, stain remover and vinyl cleaner. Use your mild detergent and soft-bristled brush to clean fibreglass. For very stubborn stains, use water well-diluted with a little bleach.

Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning treated vinyl; simply use a cloth and water. If the vinyl has become stained, use a specialist vinyl product. Use a marine-safe upholstery cleaner and a soft brush to remove marks and stains if you have non-removable upholstery.

Removing saltwater is critical if you’ve been using your boat at sea. Saltwater causes corrosion and other damage if unchecked. Use a solution of one part vinegar with one part water with a soft cloth to wipe down any areas where there’s been a saltwater build-up.

3. How to Clean the Hull of Your Boat

The materials for constructing many boat hulls are fibreglass coated with a special resin. This surface needs special care to stay protected, shiny and to avoid damaging oxidation.

Use a quality wash-n-wax type of product to protect your hull’s finish. Soak your boat with a hose, scrub the soapy solution onto the hull with your soft bristle brush, and then rinse away. It can take a substantial amount of time to remove algae and barnacles.

You should wax your boat’s fibreglass hull at least every 6 months with paste wax. Apply 2 coats or more every time you wax your boat. You could use a liquid carnauba wax between paste waxes to protect the hull and keep it shiny. You could also apply several coats of 2-part polyurethane type paint.

For wooden, aluminium, and steel hulls, rinse with a mild detergent, and rinse again. You could use a pressure washer but be careful not to cause damage. You should regularly wax all hulls regardless of the materials manufacturers have used to make them.

4. How to Clean Boat Canvas

You should typically clean boat canvas once a month to keep it fresh and free of stains.
Spray the canvas off with clean water from the hose and gently scrub it with a
mild detergent solution. You could do a deeper clean each year.

If there are small sections of removable canvas, you should machine wash them on a hot cycle with a cup of baking soda and detergent.

5. How to Clean a Boat’s Engine

Inboard and outboard engines both need cleaning and care. Wash the cowl and exterior of an outboard motor with a detergent and water solution. You should get into the habit of doing this after every boat trip.

Wax the cowl at least once a year. It tends to have a similar finish to the boat’s hull, so you can use the same products. Never clean the cowl with a stiff brush or abrasive cleaner.

The process is more straightforward for an inboard engine. Wipe the engine down to remove any grime or dirt. Don’t touch smaller engine components or wiring. If these parts look dirty, flag the issues to the experts when booking your Brisbane boat service.

Book Your Brisbane Boat Service Today!

No spring clean is complete without a complete boat service. Call one of the team at Mike’s Marine today for boat servicing in Brisbane performed by experts.

Let Mike’s Marine ensure your boat is entirely ship-shape before you sail off and enjoy one of Australia’s stunning Spring sunsets at sea.