Thinking about a boat?

Thinking about a boat?

Thinking about a boat?

There is so much enjoyment to be had when you are out on the water. It can be a very exhilarating time or even the most relaxing time, depending on your moods and requirements. Some like the wind and thrill of actually sailing, others find their enjoyment from fishing or water skiing and others just like to find themselves. Whatever your dreams are, be sure to select the right type of boat for you.

Sail or power? Catamaran or RIB? There are so many types of boats out there.

A good moto is try before you buy.

Consider what size of boat you would need – is it just you and a friend or will family be involved? Children or animals onboard? Will it be a day tripper or for longer periods? In which case, you might need something with more than one cabin.

Make sure you set yourself a clear budget, stick to it and also take into account there maybe additional costs that you may not have considered or factored into the purchase.

Don’t just look at the aesthetics or colours but take a close look at the engine/s, electrics, piping, plumbing, sails, etc. Expect some work will need to be carried out on second hand boats on things that you cannot see. It may be prudent to have an expert look over the engine and engine systems for you. MES Ltd offer an engine inspection service and we can also follow up, if you decide to buy the boat, with a “know your boat engine” lesson. This will make it safer for you once setting out on the water to enjoy your free time.

Call us on 01248671215 or 07798572554 for further details.

Good luck with your buying.

Boat parts UK

The legal bit to consider.

When you buy a boat you have a contract with Agreement, terms and conditions etc. The seller must prove clear ownership of the boat with a title for the boat. They must also have a VAT invoice to show that VAT on the boat has been duly paid.

If you ate buying a boat that is newer than  June 1998 and sold within the UK it must have a Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) – effectively a CE mark – which ensures the boat is built to a required standard.

If you buy a boat from the States and ship it across and it doesn’t have an RCD then this can be done retrospectively at a cost.

Boat Cleaning Tips

Boat Cleaning Tips

Just as much as you love to take a shower after being submerged in sea or lake water your boat will too.

There are good reasons to keep your boat clean and it’s not just for aesthetics. Clean and smooth surfaces help to reduce friction from the water and thus make you boat ride smoother and faster.

So what should you look out for:-

Choose your boat cleaner carefully

Use cleaners that have been manufactured for the job in hand. For example you may need either an overall boat cleaner, specific rib uv cleaner and protector, gel coat de-stainer, UV was polish or protection and cleaning your vinyl. This prevents damage to the finish on you boat.

Rinse

Give your boat a rinse to remove loose dirt and grime prior to the proper wash.

Wash the hull

Use water, appropriate boat wash and soft clean sponge. Wash the boat including all the corners, under seats and difficult to reach places.

Re-rinse

 Starting at the highest point and working your way down the boat rinse the boat fully to remove all of the soapy water.

Dry your boat

Use a clean soft cloth to dry your boat for a streak-free finish.

Wax

Now it is time to apply a wax to your boat. Use a wax with a UV protector to help protect your boat from sunlight

Clean canvas and vinyl

Use a suitable cleaner to remove dirt etc from canvas and vinyl furnishings

Check out our range of boat cleaning products

TIPS FOR LAYING UP YOUR BOAT OVER THE WINTER

TIPS FOR LAYING UP YOUR BOAT OVER THE WINTER

Whether this is the your first winter with your new boat or you are a seasoned sailor, we have put together a simple list of tips as an aide memoir. Hours spent now storing your boat properly can save you significant time and money for the new season. The main aim of storing your boat properly in the UK during the winter is to mitigate against the effects of our climate – cold and damp. If you are not going to use your boat for a prolonged time check out below our five handy tips.

Protect from the elements

  • Consider storing your boat under cover Boat indoor secure storage
  • Protect your boat from the winter weather with a good fitted cover over the cockpit.
  • Remove sprayhoods, dodgers, sail covers and sails.
  • If you are leaving the furling headsail on, check that it is secure so that it does not whip itself free and cause damage.
  • Double up your mooring lines if you are leaving your boat on the water. If one fails you have a backup for your boat.
  • Check your boat for leaks and also check the bilge pump is working properly.

Drain water from the system

  • Drain the water from your boat bilges and empty your water tanks.
  • Empty the water system.
  • Check your bilge pump is working.
  • If you have a flexible water tank, remove it and take it home to clean and sterilize it.
  • Empty water heaters and calorifiers.
  • If your boat remains out on the water during the winter ensure seacocks are firmly closed and not leaking.
  • If your boat is out of the water either in storage or on hardstanding or trailer the seacocks should be left open.
  • The gas should be turned off.

Prepare your engine

MES Ltd offer a winterisation service for either petrol or diesel engines. This can include inhibiting raw cooling system, protecting cylinder block, checking anti-freeze strength, inhibiting cylinder bores, protecting electrical components, preserving engine and gear box casing, checking batteries, adding fuel stabilzer.  Winterisation not only helps protect your boat engine from the extreme cold but it also helps maintain your engine from corrosion and internal damage.

  • It is a good idea to fill the fuel tank to a maximum and adding fuel stabilizer to help prevent build up of fuel bug.

You can either have a service carried out by MES Ltd at the same time as the winterisation process or wait until the next season for your service.

Fuel stabilizer

Remove as much as you can 

  • If you can it is best to empty as much as possible from your boat over the winter. Clothing, cushions and soft furnishings are particularly susceptible to damp weather which can cause mould.  
  • If you do not have storage space at home and have to leave them on board, make sure the air can circulate around them.
  • Remove the valuables like chart plotters or handheld VHFs.
  • Batteries lifetime will decline more quickly from being exposed to the cold so if they are not used for your bilge pump it is a good idea to also remove them.
  • Check and test your lifejackets.
  • Check flares are still in date and stored appropriately.
  • Having a clear out and clean now will make the new sailing season easier and can help you to spot any issues with your boat

Ventilate, dehumidify and heat

  • Damp air is the cause of mould and mildew and the best way to combat this is to ensure there is good circulation of air. So rather than battening down leave your hatches ajar so that the air can circulate around your boat. Mould and mildew not only leaves a bad smell it can also cause respiratory problems. Prevention is far better than spending hours trying to clean it up. You could also invest in a dehumidifier or other forms of moisture absorbtion.
  • Leaving your boat with as little moisture on as possible (see draining water tip) and leaving lockers etc, ajar can help keeping your boat mould and mildew free.
  • If you have power to your boat a small heater maybe an option to consider together with a dehumidifier. (Make sure your dehumidifier drains into a sink so you don’t have to keep going back to your boat to empty it). 
 

The above is a basic list of what to do when your are not going to be using your boat for sometime. You may also need to consider your insurance cover is the correct level for your boat and checking your boat periodically.