We live in an area that is brackish water, which is a light salt fresh water blend. We are mid way up the Chesapeake Bay. Now, many might gasp in horror about using our Woody Boats in this sort of water. Well, they have been using wood boats in our water since the begiing. In fact Captain John Smith loved boating in our area. Also most of the watermen in the area still use wood work boats. So how do we keep our Woody Boats clean and fresh. Well, it aint easy, and it takes time, ritual time. Here are the steps we take. So if you live near Salt water and have been scared to dive in, its doable.
- This may seem obvious, but we hose the boat down after each run. I have a hose set up right at the boat house. The entire boat, glass and all is soaked, then wiped down with a chamois.
- Every two days we flush the engine. We take a 5 gallon bucket and a short hose. Put fresh water in the 5 gallon bucket and hook up the water pump to the short hose and suck out the water through the engine. DO NOT HOOK UP THE HOSE TO THE WATER PUMP. it will blow the pump.
- Wipe down the interior
- Make sure all the chrome is clean. no residue. Its also a good idea to carfully wax the chrome.
- Wash the brite work with a mixture of Water and vinegar, and clean again.
- I keep the boat on a boat lift in a boat house, so I raise the boat and pull the plug and drain. I soak down the bilge area so the water in there is fresh..
- The engine is cleaned, brass cleaned and polished. Paint tough up as necessary, no exposed metal.
- I have a kill switch so no power runs through the system while away.
- All the flags and poles are cleaned and stored.
- Then I cover the boat in a canvas cover that lets the boat breath.
This is every week. About once every two months, sometimes sooner depending on use, the boat is pulled and cleaned and detailed.
Screws pulled and cleaned, touching up the bottom paint, and brite work. Buffing scratches and generally detailed like a show car. The trailer is also soaked and cleaned. But to be honest, I should get a an aluminum trailer or galvanized. I just like the painted look. I am sure I am missing some stuff, and if you also are on salt water would love any tips. I have the weekly ritual down to about an hour or two depending on what is left in my energy tank on Sundays.