There’s no better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than out on the water, hands down. With the wind in your face and a cold one in your hand, you feel that all is right with the world.
But you don’t want your Sunday boating experiences to come to a screeching halt because you didn’t maintain your electric boat.
The best way to make the most of your boat is consistent care and maintenance. Here’s a rundown on seven boat maintenance tips to always keep your vessel in good shape this year.
Let’s get started!
1. Boat Maintenance Tips Include Keeping the Electric Boat Exterior Clean
One of the most important steps you can take with your electric boat is to keep its exterior clean.
For starters, keeping the boat clean allows you to showcase its beauty.
However, a clean exterior also prevents invasive species from spreading. This ultimately keeps the waterways protected.
In addition, if you keep the exterior clean, this will keep its finish intact and thus protect your boat’s structure. Over time, sea salt can cause scratches and abrasions that are expensive to remove if you don’t remove this salt regularly.
Finally, a boat with a clean exterior performs better overall.
Meguiar’s Marine/RV Gel Wash remains a popular agent for removing grime and dirt from your electric boat’s surfaces. A major benefit of this wash is that it is environmentally friendly.
Also, try 4U, a de-greaser cleaner that is nontoxic. This cleaner works well for any area of your boat that is hard to clean.
2. Maintain Your Battery
Another important electric boat maintenance tip is to maintain your battery. Specifically, if you keep your battery filled with water and charged, you can expect it to last for as many as 1,200 cycles on the water.
When it comes to filling the battery with water, don’t fill it to the top. Just fill it to half an inch over your plates. Also, do this after charging.
In addition, don’t place a brand-new battery inside a pack that has over 75 cycles or is over six months old. Instead, use a decent used battery or replace it all.
Finally, when it comes to winterizing your battery pack, remember that batteries have the potential to freeze when the temperature is cold if they aren’t fully charged. So, be sure to keep your battery charged if storing it during the winter months.
3. Store Your Boat Carefully
Speaking of storage, pay close attention to how you store your electric boat as well. Proper storage will protect your vessel from damage related to the elements, particularly in the winter season.
With appropriate storage, you can keep rain, ice, and snow off your boat. In addition, you can allow airflow, which will prevent mildew from building up.
If you plan to store your boat outdoors, be sure to place it under a covering. You may also want to hire a professional to shrink-wrap your boat. This will keep your boat ventilated and covered simultaneously.
Storing your boat indoors is an especially good move in that it offers protection from the sun and weather. For instance, you could store your boat in a garage or storage winter during the winter. Dry stacking is also a viable option for keeping your vessel protected.
4. Clean the Bottom
Be sure to also clean the bottom of your vessel, as this will help with vibration.
The problem with salt water is that it can cause barnacles to form, especially in water. Cleaning your boat’s bottom and repainting it each year can help you to retard barnacles’ growth.
You can easily remove both barnacles and algae from your boat’s bottom through hand scrubbing or pressure washing.
5. Tend to Your Hulls
While cleaning your boat, make sure that you also polish your hulls and protect them with wax. This is especially important if your hulls are a dark hue.
If you fail to polish and wax your hulls each year, the color will end up fading over time.
6. Clean Your Windows
A window cleaner is another tool to include in your boat maintenance arsenal.
Specifically, Meguiar’s glass cleaner is a handy option for cleaning your windows’ inside surfaces. After all, you can’t easily clean these surfaces with water and gel wash.
Simply use a durable diaper cloth and the glass cleaner to keep your windows looking shiny and new from the inside. The great thing about Meguiar’s glass cleaner is that it works quickly, so this task shouldn’t take too much of your time.
7. Clean Your Upholstery
Finally, be sure to also give your electric boat’s upholstery a good cleaning.
Meguiar’s M57 cleaner for rubber and vinyl can be applied to your cushions once you’ve used 4U on them. With this cleaner, you can expect your vinyl to remain clean longer. In addition, you will help to extend the material’s life.
How We Can Help
We offer the one-and-only Duffy electric boat. Our Duffy electric boats stand out not only for being top-notch electric water vessels but also for being a lifestyle.
With our electric boat, you’ll always have a fun way to spend time with your family and friends. And you don’t have to go far or go fast, either. A silent cruise can be an enjoyable way to make memories with those closest to you.
Get in touch with us to learn more about our electric boats and how following the right boat maintenance tips can help you to make memories with your Duffy for years to come.