Owning a fishing boat is a matter of pride and joy for boat and adventure enthusiasts. Since you have spent a lot of money buying a boat, it makes sense to go the extra mile to ensure it is clean and well-maintained. Doing so will help keep your boat in good shape and increases its value and lifespan.
Besides increasing your investment’s value, maintaining and cleaning your boat can also help prevent invasive species from spreading, which can be a severe problem.
How to Clean Your Fishing Boat
Here are some valuable tips on how to clean your fishing boat to keep it in tip-top shape:
1. Cleaning the Carpet
The boat’s carpet is one of those areas that are most prone to dirt and mud. The carpet becomes dirty for several reasons, like dripping fish slime, dirty, muddy shoes, and beverage spills. To clean the boat’s carpet, we recommend using a garden hose or a power washer to rinse off the carpeted area thoroughly. Doing this can remove dirt and mud stuck in the carpet fibers.
If you have a wet or dry vacuum, you can immediately suck the dirt and water up. Before using a traditional vacuum on the carpet, let it completely dry out.
2. Cleaning the Bilges Area
Another part of your boat that needs deep cleaning is the bilges area, which conceals a large amount of dirt, oil residue, and slime. Using a professional bilge cleaner, you can clean the boat’s bottom without getting your hands dirty. These special cleaners deodorize the area while dissolving oil, grease, slime, and gas. They are extremely safe because they won’t harm paint, plastics, or metals.
3. Cleaning the Console
You can use a general-purpose spray cleaner called “Windex” to clean the plastic and glass surrounding the boat console area. Start by wiping off surfaces with a soft, slightly damp sponge, and use a cloth to finish. You can keep the electronic graphs and gauges clean by wiping them off with a soft cloth and a water-vinegar cleaning solution.
Be careful to move the cloth in one side-to-side direction while wiping electronic screens to avoid leaving grit traces or small scratches.
4. Cleaning the Hull of the Boat
The boat’s hull also requires attention as it is constantly exposed to the water and sun. The first step is always a thorough cleaning. Use a power washer to clean the surface. Next, apply a commercial yacht cleanser with a gentle scrub brush or sponge while the boat is still wet. Then, wipe it dry using a soft cloth.
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