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Five Essentials to Look for in Your Boat Caulks and Sealants

Boat caulks and sealants are like the lifeblood of the
boating world: with them, you’re free to sail and enjoy your boat. Without
them, well, you’re stuck.

Caulks and Sealants
hold up well to what we call the five essentials: the
characteristics of every bond and sealant you’ll need to feel comfortable and
confident in the fact that your boat is safe, secure, and ready to handle
anything. Not familiar? Here is what every caulk and sealant should offer:

#1: How well do they
clean up?

Before we even talk about how effectively the caulks and
sealants hold—and those are absolute essentials in their own right—you’ll want
to know how well a caulk or sealant can clean up? After all, it’s not difficult
to find a caulk or sealant that will do the job right. What you need is a
caulk/sealant that will seal up your boat and leave it looking new, with minimal
labor after the fact.

“I race a sailboat and race pretty aggressively all year
round,” boat owner Jay Cook tells our Testimonial Video. “The
caulks and some of the other adhesives [of BoatLife] are easy to clean up.”

#2: How well do they
bond and hold?

Of course, if your sealant doesn’t bond or hold, then no
matter how easy it is to clean, it’s not going to be a very effective sealant. How
well do the BoatLife products hold up? “They work,” says Cook. “They hold. They
bond. They do what they’re supposed to do.”

Bonding and holding are essential not only to giving your
boat the structure it needs, but giving you the peace of mind you need to head
out on the water and thoroughly enjoy yourself.

#3: Can they work
below the waterline?

Boats are designed for water—that’s what makes them boats.
So why use a sealant that can’t handle the water? Life-Calk,
for example, is designed for use both above and below the waterline. And once
its cures, it should be waterproof enough to continue holding its seal no
matter what kind of elements mother nature might throw your way.

#4: Can it adhere to
multiple surfaces?

It’s one thing to buy a calk or a sealant that can handle
one surface. But can your sealant handle fiberglass? Metal? Wood? Glass? Even
itself? That’s what Life-Calk can do, which is essential in ensuring that you
have the sealant on hand to tackle
problems your boat is having no matter what the actual material in need of
sealing may be.

#5: Is it affordable?

Finally, none of these questions are entirely worthwhile if
the sealant you’re acquiring isn’t actually affordable. Having a boat is
expensive, after all. Your boat sealing shouldn’t have to be. If the previous
four essentials are met and you don’t have to break the bank to acquire a
sealant or a caulk of this type, then you know that you’ve found a winner.

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