At TNT Custom Marine we recommend keeping a normal cleaning routine but a thorough cleaning is essential during the times you are putting it in storage as well as taking it out. We offer a Hull Pressure Cleaning for boats who need a good deep clean during seasonal changes. Maintaining your boat is very important in keeping it looking brand new. TNT’s dry, outdoor and wet slip storage makes TNT one of the largest marine centers in Miami. We store all sizes of pleasure craft, high-performance boats, and cruisers. While we are keeping your boat safe and sound we also do repairs that will get you ready for boating season. Read the article below for information on cleaning and storing your boat.
To keep your boat looking like it did on the day you bought it, clean it regularly. Frequent cleaning will prevent dirt and scum from building up on the boat. It’s also important to inspect your boat for mud, plants, and aquatic life that could be clinging to surfaces. If you find these remnants, clean them from your boat to prevent transferring anything to a different water area.
Using environmentally friendly products to clean your boat may be preferred because these products will not harm the environment or marine animals. Make an all-purpose solution for general cleaning of upholstery, floors, windows, and exterior surfaces by mixing a cup of white vinegar with two gallons of cool water. Clean stains from fiberglass by making a paste of baking soda and water. Polish wood in the boat with olive oil or almond oil. Clean and polish chrome with apple cider vinegar. You may wish to wax fiberglass one or two times during the boating season to keep it shiny.
At the end of the boating season, prepare your boat for storage. Before you prepare your boat for the winter season, take it out on the water for a final trip to note any issues or problems that need resolving. If your boat has any outdated features that need upgrading or issues that need repairing, note these problems and have them fixed prior to storing it over the winter season. Empty your boat of all supplies such as gear, cushions, fire extinguishers, and food. Clean your boat from top to bottom before storing it. Winterize your engine by topping off tanks and stabilizing fuel. Change the oil and replace every filter. Assess all clamps, hoses, and belts and replace any that appear worn. Drain fresh-water tanks and the water heater, if applicable. Add antifreeze to the water tank and pump it through the plumbing in preparation for cold temperatures. Haul your boat to its winter home and position it to support the hull completely, or distortion could occur. Cover your boat with a wood frame, tarp, or canvas boat cover to keep it free of snow.