Fiberglass Boat Painting Tips

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Pensacola Shipyard supplies facilities, equipment, and contractors for fiberglass boat painting at our fully equipped shipyard. Whether you attempt a DIY project or need to hire a professional to restore your boat’s look, we have everything you need to get the job done.  Need some help for the perfect paint job? Below, we give you…

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Best Low-Maintenance Boats

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The cost of boat ownership involves more than just the purchase price. Recurring expenses include repairs, insurance, fees, registration, storage, and ongoing boat maintenance. Of all these, maintenance may be your biggest expenditure. To reduce maintenance costs, you may want to consider purchasing a high-quality, low-maintenance boat. Fortunately, you do not have to spend more…

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How to Prepare and Execute a Successful Boat Haul-Out

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For many boat owners, a boat haul-out marks the end of boating season or an extended break before the next excursion. It’s also the beginning of post-season maintenance and storage, which can preserve your boat while you’re not using it. So, if you want your boat to remain in good shape during storage, make sure…

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Boat Detailing Checklist

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To keep your boat in excellent condition, you need to schedule professional boat detailing on both the exterior and interior. Detailing is a vital cleaning procedure that you’ll want to perform at least twice a year. A thorough detail prevents your boat from fading, chalking or hazing due to constant sun exposure. Detailing also helps…

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Inboard Boat Maintenance Checklist

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The key to your boat engine’s performance and longevity is ongoing preventative maintenance and immediate attention when things go wrong. Inboard boat maintenance ensures that your engine runs as it should while you are on the water. It also reduces repair and replacement costs by fixing issues early on. Whether you choose DIY maintenance or…

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DIY vs. Professional Boat Canvas Repair

Docked boat with canvas cover on top

Boat canvas or marine canvas refers to any materials used to manufacture awnings, covers, tarps, sunshades, signs and banners on boats of all sizes. Most boat companies and owners prefer canvas because of its high performance and resilience in coastal climates. When you take your boat out, you depend on your canvas covering to deliver…

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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Boat Propeller

Close up of a boats propellers

Even the best-made propellers are vulnerable to damage and normal wear over time. When your propeller doesn’t work as it should, you need to repair or replace it immediately to keep your boat running properly. However, recognizing bad propeller symptoms is not always easy. Below, we look at signs that it’s time to replace your…

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Boat Fuel Tank Cleaning Tips

Large yacht in boatyard

Like any other component on your boat, your boat fuel tank requires ongoing preventative maintenance and care. Cleaning the fuel tank can prevent sediment buildup, contamination and fungi or algae growth. Whether you perform a DIY cleaning or hire a local boat maintenance professional, you should schedule a fuel tank cleaning regularly to optimize your…

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Boat Hull Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

Boat Hulls

The hull has the most important role in your boat: to ride in and on top of the water. If the hull is in excellent shape, you can count on years of boating fun. If not, you may find yourself pulling the boat out of the bottom of the ocean. Boat hull maintenance is vital…

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How to Fix Cracks in Gelcoat on Boat Surfaces

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Gelcoat cracks (also known as spider cracks) indicate that your boat has suffered from severe structural problems or impact damage. As such, you need to address cracks in gelcoat on boat surfaces immediately to prevent them from spreading. While it is possible to fix these cracks yourself, your best option is to hire a contractor…

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