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Caring For Your Fibreglass Boat

Last updated on June 1st, 2017 at 05:46 pm

You’ve just financed your new cruiser through Aussie Boat Loans and now you need to not just have fun with it but also learn how to look after it.

In Australia most of our boats are kept or used in salt water and are stored under the harsh UV rays common down under. Once you combine this with hugely fluctuating weather extremes, dust and dew it makes for a perfect storm for your fibreglass gelcoat.

Boat with fibreglass hullEvery boatie worth their salt has a different method to clean their boat and make their fibreglass shine like it has just drifted off the showroom floors but here’s a few tips that no one can disagree with.

Regular Cleaning

It may seem like the last thing you want to do after a fun day out on the water but your boat needs a good wash after every use. Make sure you rinse the boat with fresh water and boat soap containing wax. It’s not necessary to get your Gurney out for this and any regular hose will do. Similarly to a car, dry off the coast with a squeegee and buff the coat with a soft cloth.

If your boat is sitting in your yard make sure you give it a good clean every week to rid it of dirt, dust, salt and grime – even if it’s under a cover!


Wash your boat thoroughly and apply wax all over the fibreglass. This process should be done at least twice a year and if the conditions are extremely harsh give your pride’n’joy one or two more along the way.

It won’t be smooth sailing for your fibreglass boat if you fail to follow these steps as once you allow the gel coat to deteriorate it will ultimately leave your boat with lasting damage and you a hefty repair bill.

To protect you boat even further we recommend you take out Boat Insurance through Aussie Boat Loans.

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