Each time you take your yacht on the water, it gets dirty. Spray from waves leaves water spots on the deck. Grime from the waters clings to the sides of your boat. Sand from the beach leaves shoes and litters your floors. You’ll need to engage in regular cleaning to keep your boat looking (and performing well). Detailing your yacht can be a big job, but fortunately, regular maintenance is easy to do!
Prep for Cleaning
A little prep work will make your cleaning process go smoother and faster. This starts with rinsing your yacht after each excursion. Saltwater buildup can corrode aspects of your yacht and cause major damage if left untreated. When you do frequent rinsing, it reduces the buildup (which means less to clean off later). Then do a quick rinse before you start cleaning to clear off loose grime or debris.
Clean the Outside of the yacht
After the initial rinse, gather up a marine boat wash and soft-bristle boar brush. This type of brush is preferred since it cleans without damaging the paint or the hull. Go for a marine boat wash because it’s tailored for the unique material found on a boat, but car wash soap can work in a pinch. Whatever soap you use, make sure it won’t remove the yacht's wax.
While you wash, clean in small sections because you’ll need to rinse the soap off before it dries. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with unappealing streaks that could damage your yacht's sensitive finish. Begin at the top and work your way down. Remember that the better you clean now, the better protection you’ll get when you wax your yacht later.
If you are in a time crunch, you can let the water air dry, but it will leave water spots. To remove the excess water before it dries, use a leather or synthetic chamois or squeegee blade.
Wax the yacht
Waxing is an important part of cleaning your yacht and keeping it clean. It makes it much harder for substances (like dirt) to stick to your boat. It creates a protective layer against debris so you will need to detail less often. It makes your boat glisten in the sun. It takes effort, but it offers many benefits!
You’ll want to wax your boat at least twice a year. You’ll want to use a special boat wax and not a car wax because boats and cars are made from different materials and encounter different environments. After all, cars aren’t experiencing water day in and day out. Remember that cheaper liquid and spray-on carnauba wax products can offer a low price because they offer lower protection.
Washing and waxing are the biggest chores when washing your boat. But there are a few other tasks you’ll want to do. Use a sponge and mild soapy water to clean your upholstery and vinyl. Strong cleaners like bleach and ammonia are faster, but they can damage the material over time.
You’ll only need a simple glass cleaner for your windows. Choose a streak-free product for a more aesthetically-pleasing clean. To get rid of the dust or debris on the floors, use a broom or hand vacuum.
Clean and wax your yacht properly and regularly, and you'll be enjoying the open water in style for the foreseeable future.