How to Clean a Boat Hull and Bilge | Scout Boats

How to Clean a Boat Hull and Bilge | Scout Boats

Cleaning the boat’s hull and bilge is just a part of owning one, but knowing how to do it the right way is important not only for the boat but the environment, too. Proper maintenance ensures an enjoyable experience for everyone. In this blog, we will look at how to clean a boat hull and bulge and give you the best tools and knowledge to keep your boat in pristine condition.

What Is a Boat Bilge?

The bilge of the boat is the lowest part of the boat’s hull. That’s where all the water builds up. There are a few reasons to keep this area clean and make sure there are no debris and contaminants, such as safety, the performance of your boat, and the environment. 

In fact, keeping your boat bilge clean will reduce the risk of fire, which is a frightening thought when you’re out at sea. Plus, keeping it clean will help the water drain better, keeping you afloat and even preventing oil and fuel from going into the water and hurting the very fish you’re trying to catch. Those are some pretty important reasons to keep your boat clean. 

Steps to Clean a Boat Hull and Bilge

1. Gather Your Supplies

You will need the following items to clean your hull and bilge:

  • Bilge cleaner: A good cleaner that will break down oil, grease, and grime is preferred.
  • Brushes and scrubbers: Gathering different types of brushes, from stiff to soft, will help you reach all areas. Inspect your boat first to see how big and small they should be.
  • Safety gear: Get some gloves and eyewear, and make sure you clean in a ventilated area. 

2. Prepare the Bilge Area

Make sure your boat is turned off, and there is good ventilation. The last thing you want is accidental sparks or fumes that could seriously damage your health. 

3. Pump Out the Bilge

Sometimes, your bilge will still have some standing water in it. You can get a bilge pump to remove it before you clean. Cleaning once all of the water is gone will be easier for you. 

4. Apply Bilge Cleaner

Now it’s time to pour the cleaner into the area following the instructions on the cleaning solution you choose. 

5. Scrub and Rinse

Use the brushes you gathered to agitate the cleaner and get any dirt or oil off surfaces. Once this is done, make sure you rinse it. 

6. Inspect and Repeat

Check your bilge carefully to make sure there is no residue left from the cleaner, and keep the next waters you enter free from contamination. Repeat if the bilge is still dirty. 

Extra Tips for Cleaning a Boat Hull and Bilge

When you use the tips we have put together below, you can keep your luxury boat’s hull and bilge cleaner so that marine growth, mold, and mildew don’t happen to you. This will keep your boat going strong for longer:

  • Make sure the cleaner you use is safe for your boat’s type of hull. 
  • Make sure to rinse everything thoroughly after cleaning.
  • Inspect the hull and bilge after cleaning for any damage that may have occurred. 
  • Use a soft brush or sponge to avoid scratching the hull. 
  • Try not to get any cleaner on the boats topsides or interior. 
  • If you have a wooden hull, use a mild soap instead. 
  • If you have a gelcoat hull, use a gelcoat cleaner designed for boats. 
  • Wax the hull once you have cleaned it to protect it from the elements. 

Build Your Luxury Scout Boat Today

Keeping a clean boat hull and bilge is really important for your safety and the performance of the boat. Plus, it is good for the environment when done correctly. By following along with our guide, your boat will stay in top, luxurious condition. Remember, a clean bilge is a happy bilge, and a happy bilge makes for smooth sailing. 

At Scout Boats, our mission is to craft exceptional luxury models ranging from 17′ to 53′. Each of our vessels is meticulously designed to incorporate enduring innovations, cutting-edge technology, and trendsetting features that define the pinnacle of boating excellence. Build your Scout Boat today. 

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and safety recommendations when cleaning your boat’s hull and bilge.



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