Keeping your boat clean is a labour of love and requires a variety of techniques, and cleaning materials, many of which are full of chemicals that are then carried into the water when you take the boat out. Natal Power Boats suggests some eco-friendly solutions to clean your boat without affecting the environment.
Keeping your boat looking clean and beautiful can be done without any negative effects on the environment. Try these five tips to beautify and sanitize your boat while being kind to your favourite boating destinations and their resident fauna and flora. Read our blog for more boating advice.
Most commercial detergents contain chemicals such as ammonia, sodium hypochlorite, chlorinated solvents, petroleum distillates or lye. There are plenty of alternatives, many of which you can make at home using ordinary household materials such as vinegar, cream of tartar, salt and lemon juice. You can prepare a decent all-purpose cleaner by mixing one cup of white vinegar with five litres of water. Phosphate-free, biodegradable cleaners are available, but these can still cause some damage to local aquatic life. You should only use them on the land and give it some time before taking the boat back into the water.
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If you sponge your boat down with only water after each use, you can prevent build-ups that would require the use of detergents. Try make a habit out of giving your boat a good freshwater rinse after use.
Waxing your boat will prevent dirt from clinging and building up on it, meaning you won’t have to scrub with harsh detergents.
If you want to keep the bottom of your boat clean, take it out on the water more often. The friction of the hull against the water, especially at relatively high speeds, will help to wash off anything that might have built up there.
Cleaning your boat’s bilge is extremely important as it prevents bacterial growth, rusting and a bad odour. By cleaning the bilge regularly, you can avoid using heavy-duty cleaning products, which are bad for the environment, as you are keeping it in good condition all year round. The secret to a more environmentally friendly clean is simply cleaning your boat regularly to avoid using multiple toxic products to remove stubborn bacteria growth.
Natal Power Boats sell both new and pre-owned boats to suit all needs and budgets, as well as offering repair and servicing. Contact us for more information.