MarinersHow To Effectively Remove Barnacles

Remove Barnacles

MarinersHow To Effectively Remove Barnacles

If your boat is docked in water for any length of time, you probably have barnacles. Removing these critters can be difficult and time-consuming. There are a few things that you can do to make barnacle removal easier and less of a chore.

Make Sure You Are Insured

Secure a boat insurance policy before removing the barnacles or hiring someone to do it for you. This will help if there is any lasting damage to your boat.

Wear Appropriate Gear

Barnacles are sometimes as sharp as razors and contain bacteria and other microorganisms. It is easy to get an infection if you do not wear gloves, a mask and eye protection.

Wait Until You Are Ready

Do not remove your boat from the water until you are ready to start the barnacle removal. Dry barnacles will adhere to the hull much more tightly, which equals more work and possibly more damage to your boat.

Spray Parallel to the Hull

When using a powerwasher or sprayer, always spray parallel to the hull at a shallow angle. This helps to push the barnacles off from the underside.

Scrape With Plastic or Wood

If you must scrape, use wood or plastic tools. These are less likely to cause further damage to your boat’s hull.

After your hard work, be sure to coat the hull with wax or another anti-barnacle paint or sealant. If you follow these tips, it will be much easier and safer to remove those unwanted barnacles.

Stern Drive Boat Motor Maintenance

How to Maintain Your Stern Drive Boat Motor

Taking ownership of a power boat is a moment you will look back on for years to come as a turning point for your adventurous spirit. Not only will it bring your years of memories built with family and friends, but you have also acquired a lifetime membership into the world of water living, quite different than land living. Of course, that membership comes with a few requirements, and one of those requirements is the maintenance of your boat’s motor. Choosing a stern drive boat motor comes with several benefits, one of which is the ease of maintenance. 

Fresh Water Maintenance

  • Always check your fluid levels prior to use. 
  • Regularly change your lubricants per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Zinc protects your engine, and not having enough can lead to expensive repairs. To avoid this, regularly check your anode(s). 
  • Avoid fuel with ethanol, as the alcohol can cause corrosion.

Salt Water Maintenance  

In addition to the above recommendations, you will need to perform a few more tasks to protect against salt exposure.

  •  After use, remove salt from the system by flushing the raw water cooling circuit.
  • apply antifoul bottom paint to make your motor more corrosion resistant. 

Taking the steps to maintain the life of your stern drive boat motor is relatively easy and takes little time, providing more time for you to explore the boundary-less waves of open bodies of water.