Maintenance: protecting your investment

Unlike cars, which can be protected from the weather, boats are kept in a damp, usually salty environment, which does nothing for the intricate electronics and plush fabric inside – or for the moving parts left open to the elements outside.

A prospective buyer is likely to be more interested in the condition of the craft than in the number of years since it came out of the factory. So the best way to protect your investment in a boat is to keep it well-oiled, functional and gleaming.

Below are a range of topics that provide tips on how to maintain your boat.

Hull and superstructure

On deck

Sails

Engines

Stern gear and underwater fittings

Internal maintenance

Laying up and fitting out

Checklist to help guard against frost, damp, corrosion and theft

 

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