Gelcoat Needs Semi-Annual Waxing - 04/08/2009

We bet you thought the great thing about fiberglass boats is that they don’t need any maintenance -- right? We are sorry to be the bearers of bad news but while the fiberglass doesn’t need much maintenance, the gelcoat on top of it does.

Bayliner 195
If you want to keep your boat’s glossy finish you will need to wax it 2 to 3 times a year.

Believe us when we say we have tried as hard as you to avoid coming to this conclusion, but if you want to keep your new boat looking new you must wax it from two to three times a year. There are several reasons, among them dirt and soot which will get into the porous gelcoat, oxidation which will make it chalky, and ultraviolet rays with will fade the pigment in it. Now, for the good news --