Preparing for another Year of Boating

Luxury yacht sailing on the sea sunset

The summer months are fast approaching, and you’ll want to have your yacht ready when that first beautiful, warm weekend finally arrives. Even if you live in an area that enjoys warm weather all year long, you need to do some annual maintenance to your boat to ensure a safe and fun boating season with family and friends.

The Galley

Just like your kitchen is the heart of your home, your galley is the heart of your yacht. Fill the propane tank, and clean the stove. Check each burner to make sure it is working properly. This is also a good time to clean and refresh the microwave and refrigerator. With the online Sub Zero service locator Miami experts that can do repairs are easy to find if your appliances aren’t functioning properly. Remember to stock the galley with plenty of liquids and snacks.

General Cleaning

Just like spring cleaning the house, your boat needs a little TLC. Use a mild detergent to wash the deck, hull, and topside. Make sure that all of the drains and scuppers are clear. Use a coat of wax to protect the finish and keep your boat looking clean longer. Finish up by cleaning and polishing any metal fixtures or hardware with a good metal polish. Clean windows and hatches like you would your home windows, and check for spare parts and tools. Replace anything that is missing.

The Water System

Nothing ruins an outing on the boat with friends and family quicker than a faulty water system. Begin by flushing the water tank. Inspect the water system for any potential leaks or problems, and make sure it is operating properly. Make sure the hot water tank is working, and check and clean the shower. If you find any problems with the onboard water system, have a professional do a thorough inspection and make any necessary repairs before your first adventure.

Now that your yacht is cleaned and fully functioning, you are ready for some fun in the sun. Knowing that you have taken care of everything on your annual check list will help you sit back and relax during that time you have with friends and family out on the sea.

Vinegar as cleaning partner

vinegar on table
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The vinegar we use to make salad can be a good cleaning partner at home.

Fill a spray bottle with one part vinegar and one part water, use the mixture to clean the counter tops and sink fixtures.

To clean the toilet bowl, pour a cup of vinegar in the bowl, let it stay overnight. Just brush and flush the following day.

To sparkle up your linoleum and tile floors, mop with a mixture of  one cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water.