How often do you care for your boat?

JoepruncJoeprunc Posts: 258 Baller
edited June 2013 in Boat Talk
I'd like to apologize in advance for a silly poll. I'm just really bored at work today.

After having my boat on the water my "mild" case of OCD has started to lift. Before when I towed my boat to and from, I would spend almost as much time waxing as I did skiing (I know its embarrassing, but I had a lot of free time). Since my boat has been on the water yesterday was the first time in 2 years that I put a coat of wax on it, and vacuumed the carpeting. I guess as of lately I have been skiing a bit more. We still wipe down with a product.

So how often do you care for your boat?

How often do you care for your boat? 97 votes

I wax and detail every nook and crannie after every ski session.
4%
Chuck_Dickeyski4xtcohioriverskierWaternut 4 votes
I wax and detail every 1-2 months depending on how she looks, but wipe down after every ski.
19%
DWA_BLZywicki1GAJ0004dave2ballskiinxsNick SullivanNot_The_PugtravnewsbananaronMSricoZmanGlockDooSPXE_TALPJrAndyGolfguy 19 votes
I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
62%
thagerEd_ObermeierboarditupMarcomlangeskibugRogerscotchipmandislandJack Kinneotisg[Deleted User]bajaGarnCraigTUPTuneydanbirchBulldogDeanoski 61 votes
Who has time for waxing or detailing, this is a ski machine....gas and go!
10%
hackerGloersenChef23Than_BoganDragoLakeOneSkierraynusaski1Cuse919BraceMaker 10 votes
....bacon.
3%
MattPBRYallycat 3 votes
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Comments

  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,001 Crazy Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    Look after your boat and it will hold its value.
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,004
    After every session, we wipe down the exterior with Boat Bling's Hot Sauce and the interior with their Vinyl Sauce. About once every 3 months we'll wax using Quickie Sauce.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • ski4xtcski4xtc Posts: 175 Baller
    I wax and detail every nook and crannie after every ski session.
    We use spray wax to wipe it down every time we take it out of the water. It does not take any longer than using vinegar and the spray wax keeps it clean along with helping keep the water spots off.
    scotchipman
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,789 Mega Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    Wax once a season and then give it a treatment of 303 on the vinyl and inside surfaces 2-3 times a year depending on how dirty it gets. Seems to work well so far - boat is 7 years old now.
    Ed_Obermeier
  • DooSPXDooSPX Posts: 328 Baller
    I wax and detail every 1-2 months depending on how she looks, but wipe down after every ski.
    So, I'm a little OCD. But besides skiing, I also show my boat and take it to MasterCraft Reunions. Last reunion I won Best in Show in the 87-2000 class.
    Jason Lord- 1991 MasterCraft Prostar 190 Powerslot-OJ CNC 4 blade
    2011 Best in Show 1987-2000 class MasterCraft Reunion
    Show boat - Weekend slalom tug
  • MSMS Posts: 5,068 Mega Baller
    I wax and detail every 1-2 months depending on how she looks, but wipe down after every ski.
    I cant wait to read the comment from @Elee
    Shut up and ski
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,445 Mega Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    Wax and detail at the end of the season. Wipe down after every use. Pull out of the water overnight. Just the wipe down and removing it from the water overnight keeps it basically spotless. Don't really even need the detailing.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,407 Crazy Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    With the boat on the lift all summer, I'll just wipe it down before I put it away. Can't wax it on the lift. I do a good buff when I pull it in the fall, and again in the spring before I launch.
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    A coat of Lucas Oil Spray Wax after EVERY set! It's a tradition at our ski club.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,638 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Turtle Wax- Wax and Dry. Inexpensive. Sprays on in mist form and use a wood floor microfiber dust mop for the wipe down. That's the best part. Can be on the lift and there's no bending and reaching to get it done. Mop handle and pivoting head of the mop eliminates the stooping. Had it professionally waxed (3 stage all day process) 3 yrs ago and it looks the same. I need to do the inside each time as well. See a couple interior rec but looking for the same spray and wipe option.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 359 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2013
    I wax and detail every 1-2 months depending on how she looks, but wipe down after every ski.
    OCD Boat is always detailed and waxed, looks as good or better then when it was picked up at the dealer. Wipe it down after every use and detail it on Sunday mornings, (no wake till 11AM on Sundays), my quite time. But I hope there is bacon when I get back to the house, hummmmmmmmmmmmm bacon!
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • JoepruncJoeprunc Posts: 258 Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    Good to hear I have fallen off the OCD and into the norm of boat care. After a good buff, polish, and wax she is back to a new luster. I have been using Babes for the past two years, but had a sample of Boat Bling, I may be switching to that stuff because it smells better. I smile a little when my an almost 20 year old boat looks nicer than some of the 5-10 year old boats.
    @MattP thank you for voting Bacon, if it wasn't my stupid pole I would have too.......bacon.
    I'm a little out of the loop on quotes...
    Boat Rule #3: "Be aggressive"
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,361 Mega Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    Couple times per year and wipe down every time I use.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • XR6HurricaneXR6Hurricane Posts: 327 Baller
    None of the above really apply. I usually don't wipe it down after use. Usually BEFORE using it to get the dust off because it sits in the garage. Wax a couple times per year, vacuum as needed, Armor All on the interior once a year if I feel like it. It just gets dirty again because I use it so much, so I don't kill myself keeping it spotless.
  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    I wax and detail every nook and crannie after every ski session.
    I tried to pick the closest thing for me. I never wipe down my boat after use and really don't even wax it since it's an automotive paint instead of gel coat but do give an extra cleaning at the beginning of the year. I'll wipe the dew off if I go out in the morning and I'll wash it once every month or two when the dust and spider/bird poop starts getting noticeable.

    Other than that, I just make sure the fluids are good and everything is generally clean on the inside.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,360 Crazy Baller
    I wax and detail every 1-2 months depending on how she looks, but wipe down after every ski.
    3M Marine products inside and out. Probably closer to every 2-3 months. Gets waxed late October for the limited use season, the first warm weekend late winter/early spring to start the season and a couple times in between. The trick for those of us who keep our boats for years is to keep the gel coat oxidation from starting by keeping some wax on it. Once oxidation starts, what a forever PITA (time to sell).
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,257 Mega Baller
    Who has time for waxing or detailing, this is a ski machine....gas and go!
    If spent time paying attention to my boat, how would I make time for commenting on BoS!?
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    Joeprunc
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,816 Mega Baller
    Who has time for waxing or detailing, this is a ski machine....gas and go!
    I usually wax it in the spring and wash the sludge off it in the fall. I do wipe the inside down once a week usually. My boat lives in the water from April to October so I really don't have the opportunity to wax it.
    Mark Shaffer
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,459 Crazy Baller
    I wax and detail every nook and crannie after every ski session.
    When I'm at my lake house, I have it on the lift when were not skiing and in the garage when I leave the lake for a week of work. I never wax my boat but I do wipe it down after every session with Babes Boat Brite. It works great and the boat stays showroom clean. I figure if I'm going to spend that much money I may as well take good care of it. Resale value is very high on my list.
    drewskiBulldogJoeprunc
  • drewskidrewski Posts: 30
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    @chuck_dickey - great boat! Thats what we ski behind.

    As far as every set wipe downs go - does anyone use a wax/vinegar mixture to help cut through the hard water spots? I have been told to use half vinegar and half wax as you dry in a spray bottle after every use. Also heard lime away does the trick too.

    Any thoughts on this?
    slay buoys. do chicks. make big spray
  • Ed_ObermeierEd_Obermeier Posts: 1,339 Crazy Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    Dilute vinegar, LimeAway etc will all strip the wax. Gets the water spots but also takes the wax off at the same time which makes the water spots build on bare, unprotected gel coat even more quickly. If you wipe down after every use the water spots are slow to build up, and personally I'd rather do a complete strip/rewax a couple of times a year. Different strokes... We use micro fiber towels to wipe down which not only get the water spots but buff the wax at the same time.
    Ed Obermeier - owner, EZ-Slalom Course Systems
    www.ez-slalom.com
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,459 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2013
    I wax and detail every nook and crannie after every ski session.
    @Drewski

    No spots with Babes Boat Brite unless its after a couple days and really hard water from another site. In this case, I use Babes Spot Solver as directed and they're gone and then back to Boat Brite. This stuff is the best combination I've found. I use all the Babes products to keep my ride looking great. Commercial over ;-)
  • raynrayn Posts: 376 Baller
    edited June 2013
    Who has time for waxing or detailing, this is a ski machine....gas and go!
    Boat sits in the water from May 1 - Oct 31. Every month or so, I will sweep out the crap from the trees, Wipe down the seats if I am bored, other than that it is put gas in and go ski.
    Ray Newmark -
  • rfarfa Posts: 237 Baller
    @rayn, @than, @chef23, Mystery solved! Now I know why my Cochituate friends are so much better skiers than their Quinsigamond counterpart...they just gas up and ski, while I clean the boat...LOL. Truth is I don't "clean the boat" that much (covered lift keeps it in good shape). Ok I got it...you ski better, because you are...better.
    Rui Afonso
    raynJoeprunc
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,816 Mega Baller
    Who has time for waxing or detailing, this is a ski machine....gas and go!
    @rfa if I had that great lift with the canopy I would keep my boat clean also.
    Mark Shaffer
  • AndyAndy Posts: 213 Baller
    I wax and detail every 1-2 months depending on how she looks, but wipe down after every ski.
    Thorough cleaning & wax in the spring, again mid season, and get the bottom waxed on the lift before water gets too cold in the fall. Boat is on a lift and gets wiped down after almost every use. Never put cover on while carpet is wet. Cover has a skirt to protect sides from sun.
  • usaski1usaski1 Posts: 728 Crazy Baller
    Who has time for waxing or detailing, this is a ski machine....gas and go!
    Most of the time its on the lift while we have water. I vacuum the inside once every 2 months. at the same time I wipe down the seats, dash, windshield, ect. I hardly ever wipe down the exterior. Who cares. Life's to short to make sure everything is neat and clean.
    Mark Turner -- Water skiing changed my life forever.
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,059 Baller
    edited June 2013
    I wax and detail every 1-2 months depending on how she looks, but wipe down after every ski.
    I give my boat a full detail job every fall before it goes in the garage for the winter. 2 coats of wax top to bottom, 3m Vinyl protectant on the upholstery, and rain-x on the guages, mirror, and windshield. It gets a single coat of wax monthly during the season. Wiped down after every ski. Experimenting with Rain-x wash and wax to see how it works in between detail jobs. So far so good. Can't afford a new one so this one has to last.. 1660 hours on it. It is also kept on a lift during the season. Semi heated garage in the winter which seldom gets below 40 degrees.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • JoepruncJoeprunc Posts: 258 Baller
    I wax and detail once or twice a year, but wipe down after every ski.
    @GAJ0004 That boat looks beautiful for almost 1700 hours!!

    I agree with you, keep what you have nice and it will last. Its just as of lately I have spend more time on the water than normal, and last year seemed to neglect my boat a little.

    @Andy You wax the bottom of your boat while its in the water? You must do it all by hand, because I'd be scared out of my wit of dropping the buffer in the water and electrocuting myself.

    And for all those that voted Gas and Go, I now have a list of who not to purchase my next boat from :).
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