Cleaning your fishing boat regularly is one of the best ways to keep it in top condition and ensure it has a long and happy life. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours and hours scrubbing away at every inch – you just have to learn a few basics and prepare yourself with the right products and tools.
Tools and products for cleaning a fishing boat
Invest in some good, durable cleaning brushes that will get rid of dirt and salt without damaging your boat’s finish – bristles of medium stiffness should be sufficient. You’ll also need a bucket, sponges, a mop, chamois cloths and towels.
To cut through the salt and grime that will build up on your fishing boat, you’ll need a heavy-duty marine soap, which is pH-balanced and biodegradable. For protecting vinyl, purchase a commercial vinyl treatment.
Fishing boat cleaning basics
- If you boat in salt waters, wash your fishing boat after every trip with fresh water to remove salt residue, which can wear away the boat’s finish over time.
- Using a soft sponge and marine soap, wash the exterior of the boat above the deck. Wash everything to remove grime and salt, including vinyl seats and windshield.
- Scrub and rinse the deck, hull, outboard motor and fittings using a cleaning brush with medium stiffness bristles.
- Fully dry the boat with a chamois cloth.
Clean the windows (you can use vinegar and water) and treat vinyl to preserve the upholstery.
Fishing boat waxing
After you’ve cleaned and dried your boat, you might want to apply a good wax to protect the fiberglass and make your fishing boat shine. Invest in a high-quality caranuba wax and apply a number of coats. You won’t need to wax your boat every time you clean – just once or twice during the boating season.