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Quick & Easy Ways to Keep Your Boat Looking Good all Season Long

Category : BASS BOATS & TOW VEHICLES

Spending time on the water fishing is what everyone loves to do and why everyone gets into fishing, no one (well rarely anyone) gets into fishing because they love to clean a boat! Cleaning your boat takes time and some elbow grease, resulting in taking time away from being on the water and catching fish!

I like to keep my boat looking in prime condition all season long, not only does it make me feel at ease, but by doing some simple cleaning tasks after each time I use it, it decreases the frequency of needing to do a major boat cleaning session and when I do need to do this it will take less time.

To keep my boat having that show room shine, I do several things; the first thing I always do is after I pull the boat out of the water, I’ll wipe it down with a Quik Clean & Wax product, which is made by Ducky Performance Products. The beauty of using a product like this is I can spray it on all surfaces of my boat, from the fiberglass to the plastic rub rail and Mercury motor cowling to the vinyl seats.

What a product like this will do is remove the water line off of the side and boat of your boat, remove any light oxidation from your boat’s gel coat and leave it with that wet look finish after. It is also important to remove any grim or contaminants that have accumulated on the other surfaces of your boat.

I keep two spray bottles in the back of my truck with a pile of microfiber towels, this way my partner and I each take a side of the boat to clean, this speeds the process up. After several uses, I’ll take the dirtied towels and wash them.   If you really want to give your boat a show room shine, use a dry and clean towel to give your boat a final rub down.

While wiping down my boat I will pay attention for the formation of any hard water spots. If I see any of these spots (for me it is primarily on the transom of my boat where the water splashes when I come off of pad) I will spray on a water spot remover. I’ll start with Ducky’s Original Water Spot Remover if I catch these water spots during their initial formation. If those water spots have become etched into the boat’s gel coat, I’ll bump up and use the Water Spot Plus, which has Carnauba Wax in it. This product will effectively eliminate these hard water stains from etching into the surface of your boat and provide your boat’s finish with UV protection.

You want to try and keep foreign matter from getting embedded into the carpet, as it is easy now to pick a blade of grass or a small pile of sand/gravel up by hand. If the foreign matter is wide spread, I’ll quickly give my carpet a quick vacuum after that fishing trip, as keeping it from burying into the carpet will extend its life.

I will also inspect the inside of my live wells after a day on the water and remove any matter that the bass in my live well may have spit-up; this may be shad or crawfish. If my live wells have in the sand in them, I’ll use a Shop Vac to remove that from the live well, this will help keep your drains clear of foreign debris.

So next time you pull your boat out of the water, it is in your best interest to do some simple boat care now, so you can get an extra fishing trip in later, rather than having to do a deep clean of your rig.

Glenn has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos. He keeps busy fishing events across Minnesota and on the Mississippi River. Glenn’s sponsors include Bass Boat Technologies, Ducky Products, Humminbird, Mercury Marine, Minn Kota, Plano, Rayjus, Seaguar, Simms, Snag Proof, T-H Marine, The Rod Glove, TroKar, War Eagle Custom Lures, Witch Doctor Tackle and Zoom Baits. For more information check out glennwalkerfishing.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/glennwalkerfishing.