Like any other type of equipment, fishing boat accessories also need to be properly maintained if they are to last a long time. Proper cleaning after use is very essential. Apart from that you should also engage in routine cleaning to make sure these items are properly maintained even when not in use. You may be a frequent sailor who enjoys fishing or someone who engages in such activities only during the season, taking care of your boat, accessories such as fishing rod holders and upholstery is crucial to make sure your vessel will be suitable for use the next time you need it.
Caring For Boat Upholstery
Marine upholstery is an area prone to high wear and tear. Also any signs of deterioration can be seen much more clearly in these areas. As it is an area of high usage, you must take necessary steps to maintain the upholstery properly. Repair and replacement of boat upholstery is known to be an expensive and time consuming task as well. Therefore engaging in regular cleaning and routine maintenance will provide a host of benefits which you as a boat owner would benefit from greatly.
It is recommended that one or two deep cleaning sessions are carried out covering all of the upholstery found on the boat. Surface wipe downs can be used as a technique to clean off any surface dirt which could accumulate during usage. In addition, there are certain protective mechanisms and treatments you could use to extend the life of the upholstery. The following are some of the basic cleaning tips you can employ.
Scrub down vinyl to remove mildew
Consider professional vinyl repair for small damages before they spread
Apply UV protectant and antimicrobial coatings for added protection
Caring For Other Fishing Accessories
You would be using a wide range of accessories on your boat on a regular basis. These too require a certain degree of maintenance in order to protect your investments and to be able to get proper use out of them. Properly maintained fishing gear will also have an impact by saving fishing time and reduce the likeliness of lost fish. You should always follow manufacturer specifications when caring for fishing gear. In general some maintenance tips include proper lubrication of gears of a reel. Rods should also be protected during transport and when not in use by properly storing them in fishing rod holders.