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Boating requires upkeep. The Sun’s UV rays and mineral deposits, salt, and sediment wear down the boat. Waxing it before and after a trip prolongs its lifespan. Also, doing regular cleaning and detailing on your boat will ensure that it will look its best for years to come.

Detailing Your Boat: How Often Should This Be Done?

The boating season is not quite over yet. There are still several months before the harsh winter hits. If you have any plans on continuing boating, you shouldn’t leave it until you are sure that you are done for the year. If you hope to go boating on the water, you should have a ready boat and be prepared. This being said, it is best to detail your boat after every marine adventure you have.

To Wax or Not to Wax?

That is the question. The first thing that you should do when you plan on having your boat detailed is to decide if waxing is a good idea. If you are planning on storing your boat, you should wax it to protect it from the elements and from chipping. In this case, you should use silicone-based wax. It will give the boat a shine and provide the protection that it needs for storage. 

Tips to Protect Your Boat

1 – Give Your Boat a Thorough Cleaning

First and foremost, clean your boat. This will remove any loose dirt, grime, and salt. Next, use a high-quality boat wax to give it a protective coating. Using a wool mitt or a synthetic microfiber cloth will help you get a better finish. If you have a gel coat, you should wax it with paste wax. You should use a Carnauba wax if you have a wooden boat.

2 – Clean Your Boat’s Interior

There are other parts of your boat that you might forget to clean. In order to avoid mould, mildew, and odours, it is better to clean the interior of your boat. If you have carpeting, you should vacuum it thoroughly and make sure that it is clean. If you have any objects between the hull and the floor, make sure that you remove them.

3 – Polish the Boat

Polishing the hull will make it look new again. If you have a fibreglass boat, you should use polish and wax. Pumice, a soft, porous stone, is usually used. You should use a buffer to rub it vigorously on the boat. Once you are done, you should follow up with wax and polish. This will give your boat a beautiful shine.

4 – Apply a Coat of Wax

After the above steps, you should protect the boat’s exterior with a coat of wax. The wax will protect your boat from the Sun’s UV rays, as well as from erosion. You should also apply wax to the interior of the boat. Doing so will protect the vinyl, upholstery, and carpeting inside.


Boat detailing can be done on a routine basis. It’s better to have your boat detailed than to have a boat with the elements having their way with it. If you don’t have the time and energy to invest in boat detailing, you can always hire a professional detailer to do the job.

If you are looking for help with the exterior and interior cleaning of your boat, come to Yellow Star. Detailing is an art, and we practice it every day. We offer the very best in detailing and cleaning. Our staff has a broad knowledge of mobile auto detailing and relatable categories of the auto industry. We are ready to take any type of car, truck, boat, and more!

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