How to Remove Barnacles from Your Boat

There are over 1,400 species of barnacles worldwide. What do all these barnacles have in common? They stick to certain surfaces in the ocean and don’t let go. Also called “crusty foulers”, barnacles are incredibly difficult to remove once they have attached themselves to a surface. They secrete a fast-curing cement that has a tensile…

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6 Common DIY Boat Repairs

Pensacola Shipyard gives you two options for making boat repairs. You can either hire one of our on-site independent boat contractors, or you can perform DIY boat repairs. If you choose the DIY route, we have the facilities, tools and equipment that you need to fix any issues. Just check in to see what’s available.…

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How to Remove Marine Algae and Prevent it From Growing on Your Boat

Algae is to a Florida boat what mold is to a Florida home; they are both natural parts of the Florida environment that, if left unchecked, will grow quickly and often without notice. Like mold, algae can grow throughout your boat without your knowing it. Fortunately, algae is easy to remove from your boat. You…

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How to Clean Algae from Diesel Fuel Tanks

If you allow your boat’s diesel tank to sit for too long without a fillup, the stagnant moisture in the tank can cause algae growth. Once algae develop in the tank, it can prevent the diesel engine from firing. It can also clog the fuel filter and cause the engine to cut out. As a…

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Rebuilding a Yacht: Where to Start

If you are the adventurous type and enjoy a good project, rebuilding a yacht can be a great way to work with your hands and restore a vessel that might otherwise end up at the bottom of the sea. Whether this is your first go at boat renovation or you’re an old pro, there is…

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Why Am I Seeing Stress Cracks on the Boat Hull?

If you notice tiny cracks in your boat’s hull, these may be what are called stress cracks. These tiny cracks indicate a more serious underlying problem with your boat’s hull. Therefore, if you notice stress cracks, you need to address them before a small issue becomes a large, costly problem. If you don’t know how…

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How to Repair a Soft Spot on a Boat Floor

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If you walk on your boat and notice a soft spot on the floor, it is a sign that the floor is damaged. In some cases, the damage spread underneath the boat floor surface. A soft floor is not just a safety hazard. It may also indicate that the boat could have structural water damage…

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How to Repair Deep Scratches in a Fiberglass Boat

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The strength and durability of fiberglass have transformed the boating industry over the last few years. Fiberglass has become the number one choice of boating manufacturers because of its durability, weight, moldability and clean design. It’s also easy to maintain and clean fiberglass boats. The material is ideal for coast climates like Pensacola, Florida. However,…

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How to Repair Vinyl Boat Seats

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One of the reasons manufacturers choose vinyl for boat seats is that it holds up well in coastal climates. It is highly durable, sun-proof and waterproof. It is also easy to clean and maintain. However, even the best vinyl boat seats will eventually show signs of wear. When the vinyl cracks, it exposes the seat…

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Boat Wax vs. Ceramic Coating: Which Is Better For Your Boat?

Traditional wax is still the primary sealant that boat owners and professionals use to protect boats. However, in recent years, ceramic coating has become more popular. There are primary differences in boat wax vs. ceramic coating. When choosing between these two products, consider which one is better for your vessel.  Below, we look at the…

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