COVER THAT FENDER: Keep your fenders wrapped in terry cloth to protect the
hull from abrasion and dirty docks.
AFTER A RUN, TAKE A SHOWER: Hose
down the hull carefully. Then jump
into the dinghy and wipe it with vinegar to remove saltwater spots on the
glossy finish. Dark-colored hulls tend to
show the salt more, requiring frequent
KEEP STAINLESS STAIN-LESS: Wipe
stainless steel and chromed bronze fittings with a chamois cloth often. Make
polishing and waxing these metals routine. Some metal-polishing products
already include wax compounds.
COVER UP WHAT YOU CAN: External
varnished brightwork should be protected
from UV damage by Sunbrella covers. Take
them off to impress guests. Sunbrella covers should also protect stowed tenders,
dinghies, outboard motors, barbecues, and
PROTECT UPHOLSTERY: Use covers that
can take wear and tear and food stains. If
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your boat’s in the yard, or you’re having a
mechanic aboard, cover decking and internal floorboards with tough plastic sheets
with a nonskid pattern, sacrificial rugs,
DROP A HINT: To protect varnished floorboards from daily wear, put large baskets
by the companionway so visitors get the
hint and take their footwear off at the
dock or at anchor.
AN ALKALINE SHINE: To keep engine
rooms and engine spaces impressively
clean, apply light acid or any alkaline teak
cleaner to aluminum diamond-patterned
plate floorboards. If possible, take the
pieces outside for this work, where they
can be rinsed off easily.
NICE AND NEAT: Anti-chafe leatherwork
on the loops of docklines looks seamanlike and protects the lines.
Tom Zydler spent three decades as a professional yacht captain navigating high latitude destinations. He now cruises with his
wife, Nancy, on their Mason 44.
Crewed yachts maintain a standard of beauty that
hardly seems attainable. Here are some of their secrets
HOW ALL THESE MEGAYACHTS keep their shine and beauty perennially intact can be a subject of envy for all of us on smaller pleasure craft. Can we possibly reach this perfection, too? How a yacht looks depends on how much energy or money goes toward maintaining the appearance. In the case
of superyachts, it helps that they have large crews who must be kept
busy every day. But following some of the practices from superyachts can
keep your boat looking its best for years.
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