Daily Archives: September 12, 2020

Boat Restoration – Dry Dock Cleaning, Treating, Coating, Detailing, and Refurbishing Equipment

There is a big difference between restoring, refurbishing, and repairing a car as opposed to cleaning, and detailing one. The same thing applies in the marine industry. Not long ago, an acquaintance asked me what equipment they would need to upgrade their business to service and restore sailboats, yachts, and boats out at the marina. Let me explain to you, what I suggested to him.

If you are planning on running your boat cleaning and detailing business, perhaps doing a little restoration, color sanding, and deck coating and treating then you are going to need heavier duty equipment. Industrial strength equipment, such as a full-on steam cleaner (hot water pressure washer) blasting 3500 PSI at 5-6 GPM (gallons per minute) and industrial level buffers, perhaps even air-driven, meaning you will also need a strong air-compressor. You will, not be able to get by with merely an orbital buffer run off a small generator. Indeed, you should also consider a hand held belt sander as well.

It would be wise to have plastic wrap reels, quality masking tape dispensers, and proper breathing ventilation safety gear and goggles. You will also need a place to lock up such expensive equipment and tools, somewhere secure and safe – trust no one when it comes to these kinds of tools for the trade. May I suggest that you buy a work van, with a solid alarm system + LowJack to secure your equipment, and bolt it in place? If you choose to go this route, you need to choose the best van, so let’s discuss that for a moment because the right work van can make all the difference.

Remember a van has many other benefits besides just being a safe way to protect your equipment, as it is also a great platform for good signage to get additional business. A really cool shrink wrap sign can do wonders for your local business branding and image. The fewer windows the better for signage and a larger van can hold more gear and equipment too.

Now then, there are a lot of advantages in having a smaller van with better turning radius, as long as it can hold the weight. Of course, hopefully there will be a water supply to run your hot-water pressure washer and electricity to run your power tools. But realize you will need 220 volts to run an industrial grade air compressor. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this, and in case you have any concerns, questions, or comments please email me, let’s talk.