Boats include many different materials, from fiberglass, gelcoat, and canvas to stainless steel, chrome, mahogany, and teak (collectively called “brightwork”). A thorough detailing job on your powerboat or sailboat may include washing, scrubbing, cleaning, waxing, polishing, rinsing, varnishing, sanding, and a variety of other types of cleaning work on your boat.
The nature of boats and their usage means that they need regular cleaning and detailing. The UV rays of the sun, the heat, the salt water, fishing residue, oil and fuel spills, cooking fumes — all of the environmental exposures and normal use of your boat plays havoc on every exposed surface.
Boats are notorious for sharp decreases in resale value in their first few years — largely because most owners do not care for their boats properly. A quick fresh-water spray with the marina hose is no substitute for a thorough cleaning and detailing job performed on a regular basis.
Detailing Your Boat Yourself
See Do-It-Yourself Boat Detailing for information on detailing your boat yourself. It’s possible for the private boat owner to detail his own boat, but it can be tedious and time-consuming. For information on the equipment and supplies you’ll need to detail your boat properly, see Boat Detailing Equipment. The Boat Detailing Checklist will help ensure that you don’t miss any important areas or parts of your boat.
Many boat owners prefer to hire a professional yacht detailer, trusting in their reputation and extensive experience to do a thorough detailing job.