A shiny gelcoat finish is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also protects the hull of your yacht. That’s why it is incredibly important to include hull cleaning services as part of your regular yacht maintenance. At Yacht Management South Florida, Inc., we offer high-speed compounding and buffing services to ensure your boat’s gelcoat finish stays strong and glossy.
Many boat owners choose to go with gelcoat for their yacht’s hull because of its variety of advantages. This resin-based finish is typically less expensive than other boat bottom paint options. Gelcoat hulls are also UV protective, and much easier to maintain and repair. Still, despite its strength and durability, gelcoat finishes will gradually undergo chemical breakdown when exposed to oxygen. This chemical breakdown is oxidation which is visually evidenced by your boat bottom paint getting dull and rough.
The color of your yacht’s hull will start fading and develop a chalky-looking surface. If left uncorrected, oxidation and the damage it causes will accelerate. Eventually, the surface of your yacht’s hull will become more porous and retain water within its top-most layers. Prevent this from happening by incorporating our hull cleaning services into your regular yacht maintenance.
The first step to maintaining your yacht’s gelcoat hull is buffing out any dullness and color fading. When you bring your boat into our Fort Lauderdale marina for a haul out, we’ll use wool-padded rotary buffers and top-quality marine compound to buff out chalky oxidation and restore your hull’s smoothness and shine. Buffing with a light boat polish will often be enough to reverse the effects of mild oxidation.
High-speed compounding is typically reserved for cases of more severe oxidation. Our yacht maintenance professionals will utilize heavy duty rotary buffers with a heavy cutting marine compounds to remove rough patches, scratches, and cracks. These high-speed compounding techniques will flatten down your yacht hull’s surface and restore its luster.
At Yacht Management South Florida, our yacht maintenance experts will assess the condition of your yacht’s hull to decide which hull cleaning services will be best for you. Visit our Fort Lauderdale marina to tour our top-tier facilities, or give us a call today to learn more about all the yacht maintenance services we offer.