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The Definitive Guide to Cleaning the Bottom of Your Boat

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The Definitive Guide to Cleaning the Bottom of Your Boat

Introduction to Boat Maintenance

After a fishing trip or long trek out on the water, your boat's hull may not appear as flawless as it once did due to algae, grime, and water-induced stains covering the previously clear bottom. This may cause you to wonder how to clean the boat's bottom and if the hull will ever return to its original state. While it will take some work on your part, you can clean and restore your boat to its former glory. This blog will help you understand what you need to know to perform boat bottom cleaning.

Importance of Keeping the Bottom of Your Boat Clean

Maintaining a clean boat hull is one of the best ways to get the most out of your boat’s performance, handling, speed, and fuel efficiency. It helps reduce drag and prevents the boat from sitting too low in the water. It also minimizes the transfer of non-native species, which can lead to the loss of local biodiversity. 

Antifouling products like ultrasonic antifouling or antifouling paint can help prevent the collection of barnacles, algae, and other sea life on underwater surfaces, but the buildup of them will still occur. Hull cleaning is a critical part of maintaining your boat bottom, even with the use of ultrasonic antifouling solutions. 

Tools and Materials Needed for Cleaning

For the best way to clean a boat properly, gather a bucket, brushes, sponges, microfiber towels, a power washer or water hose, and some marine polish. Regular cleaning supplies are not suitable for your boat, as they can leak into the sea, posing a risk to aquatic life. Instead, read product labels and buy marine cleansers designed for safe animal handling.

Steps for Cleaning the Bottom of Your Boat

  1. Take your boat out of the water. Make sure you have enough room to work, such as a driveway, parking lot, carwash, field, or other spacious area.
  2. Collect your cleaning supplies. Gather your supplies listed above.
  3. Wet the bottom of the boat. Wet your boat with a hose or pressure washer, especially if grime is on the bottom. The pressure washer's blast will remove loose debris and dirt from the bottom. If you don't have a water supply, you can use one at a car wash or rent one.
  4. Use a hull cleaner. Apply a hull cleaner to the boat's bottom, paying attention to trouble spots. Wear gloves and let it sit for two minutes. The cleaner's chemicals disintegrate dirt and stains, allowing for easier removal. Then rinse off the cleaner.
  5. Dry the boat. After thoroughly washing and rinsing to your desired look, dry the exterior of the boat with a microfiber towel.
  6. Apply polish. Polishing your boat’s exterior will produce a smooth surface that most filth and grime cannot cling to while also shielding it from weathering and sun damage.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning the bottom of your boat is an important part of extending its lifespan while making sure it’s performing at its best. With over 20 years of marine supply experience, Boat Lover’s Towel has everything you need for drying and cleaning your boat.

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