How to keep your yacht both clean and algae free

Whether you are a new boat owner, embarking on a long-time love affair with yachting and the sea, or are an experienced hand on the waters, you'll want to make sure your vessel is ship-shape - yes, we went there! We've gathered some tips from experienced owners to help with this process.

We'll come to the cleaning products to use shortly, but first let's consider the equipment you'll choose. Taking into account the materials used in the construction of your vessel will help in good decision making. You'll be eager to get rid of that stubborn grime that accumulates over time, as well as any salt deposits (depending where you are sailing). Equally, you'll want to make sure that the materials used on the bristles of your brushes and the like are not going to damage the finish of your yacht.

Make sure your brush has a handle long enough to help you reach into the more awkward corners, as well as being sturdy enough for sustained use. A telescopic handle is a great choice where storage space is likely to be limited. Medium-soft bristles should provide a good and damage-free clean, but do make sure that they are long-lasting. To this you might add other materials such as a bucket, washing mops, sponges and pads, plus chamois cloths to help with the finish, perhaps a water blade to keep any glass clear and, of course, adequate towels.

When choosing the cleaning agents, we'll cheerfully admit that we're biased. Our superb Wet & Forget cleaner is already used by many top sail cleaners in Portsmouth as part of their proven laundry processes. It's also a superb algae remover, and is safe to use on many construction materials, including carbon fibre, Kevlar, Dacron, Mylar and on fibreglass boats and inflatable dinghies. Wet & Forget is a bleach-free, non-acidic, and non-caustic surface biocide, and continues to attack algae spores for up to a year after the initial process is competed.

Incidentally, it's also a terrific choice for keeping slipways, walkways and the like safe and clear; as well as for removing unsightly and dangerous slime from timber decks.

Back to general tips for cleaning your yacht. It pays to be methodical in your work, most folk clean from top to bottom and bow to stern, while taking care to observe wind direction and speed when spraying, and to avoid the hottest part of a high summer's day (if we actually have any of these). If you are going to be involved in any exterior scrubbing before applying any product, it makes sense to rinse the boat down first as dry surfaces are more easily damaged. Upholstery can be wiped down, and a light polish applied to offer protection. Don't forget to clean any cabin carpets at the same time. If your yacht has any teak surfaces then a teak oil applied after cleaning helps to keep it in top condition.

Whether you are an experienced sailor, or new to the joys of sailing, we know that the choice of Wet & Forget can help protect your precious vessel. You'll find out much more here or can talk to our experienced team on 0800 999 3309 right now!