Boat Cleaning Tips

Krogen Express Rendezvous by Jeff

The last weekend this march was a perfect time to enjoy the tropical weather at the South Seas resort on Captiva Island, Florida which was the Rendezvous of eight Krogen Express Yachts.

After washing four of these boats from superstructure to hull that weekend with the one and only Trevor Duke, I realized how luxurious this style and size of boat would be as an owner / operator.  Just big enough to throw a party and withstand rough seas with its vee hull (semi-planing!), but not so large that you need a crew to maintain it.

As a fairly new employee of Trevor's, I sat in on my first yacht care orientation of his with all the Krogen owners there.  And much to my surprise, there was so much more that I have yet to learn from the master.  Knowing when to use the right products, tools and methods to cleaning yachts might as well be an art.  I guess the most important thing I learned from this orientation is the importance of a proper weekly wash for your yacht.

-Jeff

Buffing Paint? by Trevor

Castlefinn Starboard upper

In Michigan, 4/5 boats are gelcoat, and it is a fact that they will have a date with buffer coming up in the next year or so, whether a rough one, of just a smooth kiss and a light polish, something is coming. Having a coat of paint, especially a hard paint such as Awl-Grip, will keep the shine and protect the boat longer. However, even the toughest paint will get abused, especially in the hot sun and salt of the tropics. Buffing on paint requires slightly different techniques and slightly different products, but the science and the idea is the same. We are polishing the surface, and removing all surface contaminants. We are not grinding through the paint, or removing any of the surface. Just polishing. CASTLEFINN is a 112' Westport we did for the Westport display at the Palm Beach Show.  

Take a look between Jeff (Left) and Aidan (Right). Aidan's shadow is much more clear than Jeff's. That will give you an idea of how much more shine we had after buffing by Aidan.

Superstar buffer Aidan! If you look in the window, you can see the reflection of PRIVACY, as the job was done at Old Port Cove, Privacy's home port.

Fireworks - Keeping Your Boat Clean by admin

Watching fireworks over the water is certainly a lot of fun, it also comes with a headache.  All of the ash and soot falling from the sky has to go somewhere, and it often finds its way onto your boat.  While there is certainly no immediate threat, letting fireworks fall out sit on your boat indefinitely is not a good idea.  It can find its way into vinyl, canvas, and non-skid.  We highly recommend a full wash as soon as possible after the fireworks, and at the very least a quick rinse and chamois.  If you need a hand, be sure to give us a call (248.974.8351).

Buyer's Guide: Nozzles by admin

Nozzle #4

It is almost hard to believe I am writing this post, but there are a lot of options out there! I was organizing some of our gear today and came across a few nozzles which have earned themselves a permanent home in the bottom of a bucket. For something which only has a few moving parts, there are a lot of design features to consider. We will start with our least favorite and work towards our nozzle of choice.

Nozzle #1 Pros: Comfortable rubberized grip Cons: The tip of the nozzle is metal. The best way to keep a metal nozzle from banging into your boat and/or scratching it? Do not let it on the boat to begin with. Grade: D+ By definition it is a nozzle, but only to be used on non-paying customers.

Nozzle #2 Pros: All plastic construction with a soft rubber grip. Cons: Multi-flow head limits variability of flow on the go. Grade: C Less likely to cause damage than nozzle #1, but limited flexibility while in use can be frustrating.

Nozzle #3 Pros: Soft rubberized grip with classic single flow option. Cons: Extra stream setting on tip of nozzle requires fidgeting with, and threaded adjustment knob on rear of handle is prone to fall off. Grade: B- Unlikely to cause damage, single flow option surprisingly gives more flexibility in flow options. Using a lighter to melt rear adjustment knob is always an option.

Nozzle #4

Pros: Non-adjustable rear adjustment knob is not threaded, no piece to lose! Hinge mechanism is plastic, not metal, and as a result will not rust. Cons: Hard rubber handle. Grade: A- Hey, no nozzle is perfect! Get this to me in a soft plastic model and we can talk about that A. To be honest, the material choice is a very minor issue. No pieces to lose and rust is a huge plus. This nozzle can be found for $5 at your local marine store, and oddly enough is the cheapest of all your options! Now if they could just trap the rubber washer in there permanently...

Great Line Cleaning Tool for the Do-It-Yourselfer by Ryan

If you want to put together a great tool for a quick line cleaning gadget, head on over to the instructables.com website and check this out. The tool will cost you about $10.00 and ten minutes to put together and will likely save you a lot of time.

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Protect Your Eisenglass/Strataglass during the winter. by admin

Either while working in winter storage, or getting boats ready to launch, I always see a lot of boaters being hard on their eisenglass. Either folded, VERY tightly rolled, or just tossed around with while still dirty all over different surfaces. An excellent solution is to just hang your eisenglass up at home, either in the garage or basement. All of the hardware that is used to attach your glass to your boat, can be bought at your local marine store. Just buy tracking and/or snaps, a few 2"x4"s, and with a few extra minutes you can hang your glass all winter long! Right now is a great time to get this set up since you will be in and out of the marine store anyway, and it will give you something else to tinker with in the garage while you have all of your tools and toys pulled out.

This great idea comes from the Power and Motoryacht forums (HT:copout).

Can You Measure Shine? by admin

Apparently you can measure how much shine you have, as the fine folks at AwlGrip show us in this graph.

They are showing the difference between simply just washing a boat with an AwlGrip finish and one that gets the full AwlCare treatment. No surprises here, using a polymer sealer like AwlCare gives you more shine than not waxing!

Application of AwlCare can improve topcoat gloss retention by up to 12% even in the most arduous conditions.

We should have a category named "...And Fish Swim" to file this one under.