YOU HAVE WORKED HARD FOR MANY YEARS and now you have bought what you
have always dreamed of owning, your motor cruiser or your yacht.
Funny thing is the salesman hands you your keys and you are on your
way: right? How do you look after your new toy? What is the best way to keep the finish, clears, canopies
in good condition? You would think these lovely expensive vessels would come with a video or maintenance
manual to teach you what was needed to protect your vessel from
The biggest issue is the salt and salt spray
that builds up on your boat while moored as that is where the majority of large pleasure boats spend their
time, tied up.
There are chandleries filled with detergents,
waxes, coatings and the like however, very few break the corrosion cycle and remove the microscopic salt
(sodium chloride) that has built up in the surfaces of your vessel. That is what causes the damage with
assistance from the sun -your pride and joy starts to deteriorate. So what do you do?
From 28 years of boating experience I have had
no better result than what I am about to explain as removing the salt on a regular basis is the key to a
beautifully presented vessel and reduced repair costs caused by salt corrosion.
Fifteen years ago I tried a product called
Salt-X which was developed to do two jobs, firstly, to remove and neutralise damaging microscopic salt and
secondly leave a non oily sacrificial wax on the surface to give temporary protection between
Every year my charter boat requires a marine
department inspection and without fail, every year, the inspector, normally an ex-captain would ask how I
managed to keep my vessel in such pristine condition as he is always astounded that the vessel showed no
sign of corrosion.
After a day’s charter the boat is always covered in salt spray which has to be
removed, however, no matter how much I hosed there was always salt on the boat after the water had
I use either of two methods. First method to
remove the salt and protect my boat is to give all the surfaces a quick hose with fresh water and let dry,
spray on a solution of Salt-X SX50 over the boat, do not rinse off and the job is done. I have found that
this removes the microscopic salt, helps any waxes last longer and stops the salt from causing damage while
For a more thorough salt removal and wash
Salt-X Buster 50 is the product to use with the addition of a high grade mild detergent, you use Buster 50
the same as a boat wash.
This product can be used on your covers,
clears, all surfaces including sails; I have found it excellent on clears.
I find a soft hair broom and bucket the best
way to give the boat a thorough going over, however, a sponge or pressure sprayer can be used. I do a
section at a time with the broom and Buster 50 solution then rinse off with fresh water before the product
dries as the detergent tends to streak if let dry.
If you are not using your boat for an extended
period it would not hurt to give the boat a periodic coating of Salt-X SX50 to control any salt build-up as
even a windy day can cover your boat with salt while it is tied up.
Even your fittings and surfaces in the cabin
and below deck suffer from salt and using the Salt-X on all your metal fittings is ideal, spray Salt-X on a
soft cloth you can wipe over all your electronics and that will keep the salt under
What about your engines, generators, raw water
cooling system and heat exchanger?
Salt-X has proven itself as an excellent
treatment in these cooling systems as many larger boat owners have already discovered.
Depending on your boat’s configuration you can
add the Salt-X through the strainer or a simple T fitting in the cooling line. There are systems available
that can inject Salt-X with the touch of a button. Talk to Salt-X about your needs and I am sure a treatment
system can be set up to suit your requirements.
If you don’t have any fresh water you can use
Salt-X with sea water, talk to the Salt-X guys about this application.
So far every boat owner I have converted to
using Salt-X and Buster50 on their boats have been very happy with the long term benefits and savings
enjoyed from reduced repair costs. So here is your opportunity to reduce the time spent maintaining your
boat and spend more time enjoying it.
Neil Harris is a SCUBA instructor examiner with over 25
years of diving and boating experience under his belt. Travelled the south pacific extensively exploring most
of the known war and shipwreck sites. He is qualified to service all major brands of SCUBA equipment and is a
qulified commercial skipper.
by Neil Harris - May 2009
Neil Harris recounts his experience with the Salt-X products and the benefits and savings he enjoyed using
Salt-X as part of his maintenance regime on his charter boat, his rental, customers and personal SCUBA