Life in the big city, surrounded by concrete walls and burdened by too many responsibilities can be a real stress builder. If you have been looking for a great way to escape from all this during the weekend or whenever you catch a break, maybe owning a boat is the thing for you. Sailing the open seas in a sparkling vessel is one of the best feelings ever and you deserve it after all this time. However, life as a first-time boat owner can become pretty challenging and disappointing if you don’t do the right things at the right time to ensure that the watercraft remains in the best shape possible, and in this article, we shall discuss about a few effective ways in which you can do this.
Managing the gelcoat
The gelcoat is the layer that gives your little ship its bright and sparkly glamour and you must do all you can to make sure it is maintained with care. This coating may look real hard and invincible, but if you put too much force or use the wrong chemicals to clean it, the gelcoat might get damaged and lose its integrity. Extreme cleaning equipment such as abrasive sandblasters Brisbane must not be used while industrial strength cleaning chemicals too must be avoided. Consult your professional about the best cleaning method to keep this protective layer sparkling for a long time.
Getting rid of infestations
The hull, the rudder and the propellers of a boat which are constantly exposed to the water surface has a very high chance of attracting a whole bunch of annoying sea life such as barnacles, mussels and oysters who will attach themselves to the vessel surface and overtime, become extremely difficult to remove because they anchor themselves real hard. Not only will this make the underside of the ship look like something straight out of “The Pirates of the Caribbean”, but it will also significantly increase the weight of the ship while also generating some serious drag by disrupting the streamline shape. A simple scrubbing tool or a water hose will have next to nothing impact and you will have to resort to a more extreme form of cleansing. Obtain the services of a mobile sandblasting service provider who will come down and get rid of the clingy creatures for you.
Check the engine
Being a first-time owner of a vessel, you won’t have much knowledge or experience regarding the components or the functionality of an engine, which to be honest is a little complicated. Take the time to do some research and learn about the basic mechanics that operate this machine so that you will know how to perform a simple inspection before taking an excursion to make sure there isn’t anything wrong with the engine. Make sur that bilge and the hoses are in the proper condition and are free from leaks and always check if the tank is full before setting off.