July 9, 2013 · Boating · Comments Off on Taking Care Of Your Pontoon Boat

There are different purposes of pontoon boats but these are considered great for two main purposes i.e. fishing as well as for outing with family and friends on the water. These boats are quite low maintenance as well as do not require much care and upkeep. Only with little care it can be prevented from any damage.

However, do not neglect regular cleaning of fabrics, carpets, and canvas of the boat. If you do not keep it clean, then mold and mildew can come into the boat. In the long run this can cost too much so regular maintenance is must. You should start with pontoon boat covers as they can help protect your boat from the elements.

Pontoon-boat-coversUsually the marine foams, fabrics, as well as carpets are mildew and mold resistant, but still there are chances that that they will get moldy. These fabrics do not contain any organic ingredients that feed mildew and mold. When any organic dirt is left on the fabrics then the chances of mold and mildew increases as these will feed on organic. This includes dirt, bug, insect, leaves and bird droppings as well as drink and food spills, bacteria and microorganisms like minute plant matter found in pond water and lake etc.

Once you notice the presence of mildew, you will notice that it start feeding and excreting byproducts. It will start feeding on wood that means the interior of seat and also cause rotting of floors. The byproduct of mildew will stain the white vinyl pink or black and stains on the carpet can occur too.

Pontoon-boatSome steps can be taken to prevent the destruction and damage caused by mildew and mold.

  • It is must to keep all surfaces and canvas clean as well as organic debris free. in order to carry our this cleaning use a deck brush and do a quick scrub then vacuum with a wet-dry vacuum once every week. There are special cleaning products that are designed for using on boats. This is essential for environmental reasons as well as fabrics.
  • Maintaining good airflow is important. Air circulation is necessary in order to prevent mildew. The fabric for the pontoon boat cover and pontoon enclosure is usually made of breathable marine fabric like Sunbrella or have vents installed so that condensation under the canvas can be prevented.
  • Prior to placing the covers or enclosures on the boat let the boat dry thoroughly.
  • With the use of pontoon playpen cover you can completely protect the interior of the pontoon boat.

If you protect your pontoon boat then you can enjoy its benefits for many years on the water without spending much on its maintenance. If you neglect or ignore these small tasks then you may need to replace the floor, carpet every two years. Keep in mind that boats are meant to get wet, but not for staying wet.