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The Ultimate Boat Maintenance Guide

boat hull cleaning

Here at BoatLIFE, we know a thing or two about how regular boat maintenance improves the health of your watercraft over its lifespan. In fact, we’ve rounded up our top DIY tips on the subject. After all, we’ve been in the business of manufacturing the highest quality boat maintenance, boat repair, and boat accessories on the market for the last 65 years. All products are manufactured at our U.S.-based headquarters in North Charleston, South Carolina. From boat caulks to boat sealants, solvents, epoxies, waxes, and everything in between, we’ve got your boat maintenance needs covered, from bow to stern.

Where To Start on Your Boat Maintenance Journey

If you’re a novice and don’t know where to begin, you’ll want to check out our Essential Maintenance Tips for New Boaters which provides a nice overview of boat maintenance, boat restoration, and boat repair tips to consider. When considering boat cleaning products, first start with the makeup of your boat. If it is a wooden boat, check out our Wooden Boat Maintenance Tips. For aluminum boats, refer to our Aluminum Boat Maintenance Tips and Tricks. Pontooners have there own set of maintenance needs, as outlined in our Pontoon Boat Maintenance Tips & Tricks, and sailors can reference The Ultimate Sailboat Maintenance Checklist.

Boat Maintenance in a Bucket, boat maintenance and boat cleaning products
Boat Maintenance in a Bucket boat cleaning and boat detailing products

Boat Cleaning Products

BoatLIFE offers the best boat maintenance and boat cleaners on the market, produced using only the highest quality of materials at our North Charleston manufacturing facility. For a full listing of our portfolio, check out our online store. Our Boat Maintenance in a Bucket boat cleaning and boat detailing kit is a great place to start. It includes a one-quart sized Boat Cleaner, 26 oz Fiberglass Powder Cleaner & Stain Remover, 16 fl oz PolyShine Premium Boat Polish, 10 oz Life Wax boat wax, 16 fl oz VinyLIFE Vinyl Cleaner & Protectant, 16 fl oz Stainless Steel Cleaner, 16 fl oz Mildew Remover, and a handy 5-gallon bucket and lid to facilitate cleaning.

Boat cleaner
Boat Cleaner available in 1-quart and 1-gallon quantities

Seasonal Boat Cleaning

Consider seasonality and your location when cleaning your boat. Our Seasonal Boat Maintenance Guide is a handy reference and a great place to start. If your area is prone to early springs, check out our Spring Boat Maintenance Guide. Before winter sets in, refer to our Fall Care and Maintenance post for all your fall boat maintenance considerations.

Last but not least, don’t forget about cleaning your boat cover! Our Boat Cleaner works well for regular routine cleaning and for cleaning before storage. Check out our blog on Maintaining your Boat Cover Investment for more details on how to keep your boat cover clean over its lifespan.

Saltwater Boat Maintenance

Before you set out on a saltwater excursion, be sure to read our Saltwater Boat Maintenance Guide. Since saltwater is harsher than fresh water, it can take a tool when you least expect it, so be sure to flush your engine regularly, use only safe, biodegradable boat cleaning products like our Boat Cleaner, and be sure to wash your hull to avoid any buildup or corrosion.

In conclusion, boat maintenance can be daunting, especially for first-time boat owners. Keep checking back to BoatLIFE’s blog for more DIY tips, and expert tricks you can use for your next boat cleaning or boat restoration project.

About Life Industries Corporation

Founded by Mr. Edwin Kehrt on Long Island, New York in 1959, Life Industries Corporation formulates, compounds, labels, packages, and ships various chemical compounds. Parent company to BoatLIFERVbyLIFE, and AeroLIFE, the organization relocated to its present home in North Charleston, South Carolina in 1995. Grace L. Schmidt, Mr. Kehrt’s daughter, has been president since 1987. This year marks the company’s 65th anniversary.

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