June 2013 Issue
Mailport: June 2013
I tried a new cleaning regimen this year that requires hardly any water and produced great results. I have been working on breezy, 50-degree days, and from a practical perspective, the last thing I wanted was to get wet or colder. First, I wiped the boat off with clean, white terry cloth; you would be amazed at how much dirt a little elbow grease and a clean towel can take off. Next, I applied Meguiar’s Water Spot Remover & Multi Surface Polish, which I believe contains a mild rubbing compound. It really did a great job of removing my water spots and brightening up the whole hull. Then I applied Awlgrip Awlcare, a protective polymer coating that provides a hard, long-lasting finish.
My Dufour 27 has a rubrail with stainless-steel trim that I frequently rub against the piling in my slip. I cleaned and polished the stainless with 3M Marine Metal Restorer & Polish; it does an amazing job of removing the dark rub marks and restored the original bright shine.
I had more difficulty getting my white waterline clean this year than in previous years. I washed the waterline with MaryKate On & Off Gel, which required a quick wet sponge rinse, and then I polished the waterline with Collinite Super Double Coat Auto Wax 476, a carnauba paste wax. This is the first year I thought of waxing the waterline; it looks the best it has since I had the boat re-painted in 2005
Petite Cherie, 1974 Dufour 27
Severna Park, Md.