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The Hull Truth: 4 Ways to Avoid Damage & Decay to Your Hull

Written by Boatsetter Team
September 25, 2023

Last Updated on September 25, 2023 by Boatsetter Team

It doesn’t matter how nice your boat is and what latest and greatest technology that you have outfitted it with, everything comes down to the hull. It is your separation from enjoying a day out on the ocean and be submerged in it! They’re also the most expensive part of a ship. So avoid sinking and costly repairs by following these essential tips on hull maintenance.

Post summary:

  1. Air everything out
  2. Pay attention to your bottom paint
  3. Keep track of little scratches
  4. Keep your boat out of the water

Read this post all the way through to know the four ways to avoid damage and decay to your hull.

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1. Air everything out

The water is your friend, but it’s not your boat’s friend. Even the purest water can be corrosive over time, lead to mold or rust. You need to open everything up to get the fresh air. Swing open all the hatches, get under the floorboards, especially if you have a good sunny day on your hands. You may even want to get a few extension cords and get some fans going around on board to really get things dried out.

2. Pay attention to your bottom paint

Boat painting.

Your bottom paint is your first layer of protection against the water and the elements. It’s like a forcefield that prevents all kinds of damage so you want to make sure it is in good shape. You don’t have to repaint it every week, but keep track of areas that may be chipping or damaged and patch them up. At least once a year, try to give it a completely fresh coat. This little bit of maintenance can save you thousands in fiberglass damage.

3. Keep track of little scratches

A boat is not like a car or your phone. A little scratch is definitely something you need to keep your eye on. A scratch the breaks the fiberglass will damage the entire structural integrity of your hull leading to all kinds of problems. Repair little scratches quickly with sealants and other tools and you’ll prevent a massive headache.

4. Keep the boat out of the water

Boat inspection lifted

If you can afford it, your best option is to keep the boat out of the water. Although this takes more time and effort, it really will save you in the long run because it can protect your boat from all kinds of injury whether by the water, accidental collision or other elements of the weather. Most marinas have nearby boat storage facilities that are reasonably affordable and will even help you with taking the boat in and out the water.

Routine maintenance will save you in the long-run

Just like anything, a little routine maintenance can go a long way to prevent serious and expensive damage. So follow these easy tips and you’ll be sure you hull will always be intact and your boat will be ready for adventure

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