It’s that time of year…

Do you own a boat or a yacht? I think a yacht is a boat you don’t clean yourself 😉

Cleaning your boat in an eco-friendly way is important for preserving the marine environment. Here are some tips to help you clean your boat while minimizing harm to the ecosystem:

Use eco-friendly cleaning products: Look for biodegradable, non-toxic, and phosphate-free cleaning products specifically designed for boats. Avoid using harsh chemicals that can pollute the water and harm marine life.

Minimize water usage: whenever possible, clean your decks using sea water. It has natural cleansing properties! Use dock or home water sparingly during the cleaning process. Instead of letting the water run continuously, use a bucket to collect water and a sponge or brush to clean the boat. This will help conserve water and prevent unnecessary runoff whether on land or water.

Prevent runoff into the water: When cleaning your boat, make sure to do it on land or over a containment mat to prevent any cleaning agents or contaminants from entering the water. If you’re using a pressure washer, position it in a way that directs the runoff away from the water source.

Choose non-abrasive cleaning tools: Avoid using abrasive brushes or scouring pads that can damage the boat’s surface and release microplastics into the water. Opt for soft-bristle brushes or microfiber cloths that are gentle yet effective.

Clean in a designated area: Whenever possible, clean your boat in a designated boat wash-down area. These areas are designed to capture and treat the runoff, preventing it from entering the surrounding waterways.

Dispose of waste properly: Any waste or debris generated during the cleaning process, such as paper towels, used cleaning products, or trash, should be disposed of in proper waste receptacles on land. Avoid throwing anything overboard, as it can contribute to water pollution.

Consider alternative cleaning methods: Explore environmentally-friendly alternatives to conventional cleaning methods. For example, some boat owners use natural cleaning solutions like vinegar and baking soda, which are effective and non-toxic.

Regular maintenance and preventative measures: Properly maintaining your boat can reduce the need for extensive cleaning. Regularly inspect and repair your boat to prevent corrosion, algae growth, and other issues that may require harsh cleaning chemicals.

Remember, the key is to minimize the impact of cleaning activities on the water and surrounding environment. By adopting eco-friendly practices, you can help preserve the beauty and health of our waterways while enjoying your boat responsibly.