is important in order to keep your investment afloat for many years. Moisture is the leading cause of rust, so it is logical that boats are common victims of rust. Water on its own is bad enough, but when you add salt water to the equation, you quickly realize that rust can be a big problem for many boat owners. Sea air causes additional havoc on boats and its components.
The best way to combat rust is with regular maintenance and rust prevention
. Small boats should be washed down with clean fresh water and a mild detergent after each use. Then dry all metal, glass, and flat surfaces before storing. Keep your boat covered to protect it from sun and rain. In addition, take the time to do routine inspections of your boat and its components to help keep rust and corrosion under control.
There are products available that are extremely helpful in rust prevention. Dinitrol rust preventitive
fluid with good film building properties for open surfaces as well as for cavities. It is capable of good penetration into crevices and joints, preventing further corrosion even on damp or dirty surfaces. Dinitrol leaves a brown, waxy water repellent protective film so is highly effective in marine applications. It can protect inboard and outboard engines, electronics, deck hardware, wiring and more.
To keep your boat rust and mildew free during storage, you should eliminate excess moisture in the storage area. This can be achieved by storing your boat in a climate-controlled unit or to run a dehumidifier in the unit. This in addition to applying Dinitrol rust preventitive fluid, will help protect your investment from rust, mold and mildew.