Boat ownership can be a perplexing task at times. There is much that you have to pay attention to and keep up on. The little things that have to be watched and maintained can be overwhelming for some, but it doesn’t take away from the fun that comes with boating. In order to continue the enjoyment of the waters without dumping a ton of money into your boat each year, you need to pay attention to her with a close eye. What are some ways that you can actually damage your wooden boat?
One of the most common mistakes is waxing your wooden boat. Waxing the varnish on your wooden boat will make refinishing a nightmare. This will prevent the new varnish from adhering, not to mention that removing the wax is very difficult. This is especially hard to do in the corners and convoluted spaces.
Another big mistake that you can make when taking care of your wooden boat is using silicone caulk anywhere on it. This has similar issues as waxing, but it is much, much worse. Using this caulk will prevent a new finish from sticking. Many times the use of silicone caulk will involve the use of a scraper (eek!) in order to remove the problem caulk. This is no good for your boat.
The absolute worst thing you can do is to ignore your boat. Leaving your boat to bake in the sun while you are not using it will break down the varnish. Also, an accidental scratch or bruise, in combination with Mother Nature could be the difference between a three hundred dollar and a couple thousand-dollar repair bill. The little patch-ups and the daily maintenance are important to keep your boat working properly and looking good.
When in doubt about the needed maintenance for your wooden boat we would recommend that you check with an expert. It is important to know exactly what you need to do in order to keep your boat in pristine condition. This not only will save you money, but will save you time and allow you to spend more time out on the water, which is what you got the boat for in the first place!
(If you need a little help in the maintenance or repair department we would be happy to make a few recommendations and have the trained staff at Boyne Boat Yard, a Van Dam Company, take care of your boat if you are in the Boyne area.)