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Category: Boat Maintenance

Choosing the Right Marine Sealant

Choosing the proper sealant compound for a boat or marine dock is very important. Some sealants are extremely weather-resistant but do not form a watertight bond, while others are excellent for bonding two different materials but may become weakened when a cleaning solution is used on one or the other. The most versatile sealants are sold under a variety of brand names, but boat owners should become familiar with the generic or chemical name of each type. Ballast Point Yachts, Inc., a leading San Diego yacht brokerage, runs through the three most common types of marine sealants. 1. Polysulfide Sealants…

Luxury Boat Maintenance Checklist for Beginners

Congratulations on purchasing a used boat in San Diego. Now, cruising on the bay with nothing but bright sky ahead isn’t just a far off dream; it’s reality. Yet like with any other piece of reality, luxury boat ownership comes with quite a few responsibilities. Not only do you need to know the legalities of boating, but you also have to handle your own boat maintenance. Even if you plan on delegating these tasks to someone else in the future, the tips in this guide will help you get started quickly. Maintenance Tasks You Can Handle Yourself Checking for leaks….

The True Cost of Owning a Boat.

While yachting is an alluring sport, the actual cost of owning a boat can be deceptively expensive. Boats require constant upkeep, and without routine use, systems can rot and weather leading to unexpected maintenance and repairs. However, if you are committed to the time and attention that your boat will demand, yachting is an enjoyable freedom that is practically unmatched. And really, how many people buy a boat in San Diego and think it was a mistake? The cost of buying the actual boat vary immensely. If it’s pre-owned, consider having an inspection performed by a qualified boat surveyor ($750-800)….

DIY Disasters: Boat Repairs Best Left for the Experts

Whether you own a small runabout, a large yacht or something in between, you understandably want to keep your boat in great condition. Many boat owners love to put sweat equity in their vessel and they take pride in making repairs and improvements through their own effort. Others are simply budget-minded and they do not want to pay someone else to do a project they think they can do on their own. The fact is, there are some boat repairs that you can easily complete, and others that may be best left to the professionals. If you recently bought a…

Boat Maintenance Checklist

With warm weather comes a wealth of opportunities for enjoying the sun, wind and water on your boat. However, you don’t want to forget that routine San Diego boat maintenance is a must if you want to keep your vessel afloat all year long. Regular checks, inspections, clean-ups, battery care and proper storage can make all the difference when it comes to the longevity of your yacht or boat. That said, it is important to take care of a few checklist items before you embark on your next boating adventure: √       Inspect your boat from top to bottom. A quick…

How to Protect and Shine Exposed Surfaces

You’ve finally been able to buy your dream boat in San Diego. After all the hard work that went into such a purchase, keeping your boat in great shape is one thing you’ll certainly want to do! Boat maintenance is an ongoing activity that all first time (and veteran) boat owners need to be familiar with to ensure the quality and longevity of their vessel. That said, depending on the materials found aboard your boat, there are different things you’ll need to use to care for it. Don’t know where to start? Ballast Point Yachts in San Diego offers our…