Winter Boat Projects

Winter Projects

The winter months for boat owners can seem very long. Short days, adverse weather conditions and rarely a hope to use your boat! However, the winter months actually provide the perfect opportunity to carry out work on your boat. From underwater repairs to re-antifouling the bottom, cleaning and general maintenance to undertaking routine engine services and even installing new gadgets; all in time for the Spring launch.

Get inspired by exploring our Projects & Solutions Mini Guides for useful ideas for the practical boat owner.

Boat Hull Cleaners

After a seasons work splashing through the waves your boats hull maybe quite dirty. Below the waterline you may find mussels, algae and other foreign matter and above the waterline calcium and black streaks may have built up. Here are a few effective boat bottom cleaners which can help to clean such marks off.

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Star brite Instant Hull Cleaner
£19.99
Save: £9.93 (33%)
Star brite Boat Bottom Cleaner
from £24.95
Save: £13.05 (34%)
Star brite Black Streak Remover
£16.95
Save: £5.90 (26%)
Y-10 Fibreglass Stain Remover
£11.95
Save: £3.03 (20%)
Star brite Non-Skid Deck Cleaner
£16.95
Save: £3.50 (17%)
Star brite Boat Wash in a Bottle
from £9.95
Save: £2.61 (21%)
Star brite Rust Stain Remover
£17.95
Save: £5.26 (23%)
Star brite Premium Teak Cleaner
£16.95
Save: £4.71 (22%)
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Star brite Sea Safe Hull Cleaner
£19.99
Save: £14.21 (42%)
Grunt Boat Cleaner
£18.95
Save: £6.05 (24%)
Star brite Sea Safe Boat Wash
This product is not currently available
August Race Anti Scale
£17.99
Save: £6.00 (25%)
Star brite Instant Hull Cleaner Gel Formula
£25.95
Save: £7.97 (23%)
August Race Bright Coat Gel Coat De-Stainer
£17.99
Save: £6.00 (25%)
Star-brite Ultimate Magic Sponge
£3.50
Save: £1.42 (29%)

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Boat Antifoul Paint - Choose the right paint

An important project for boats out of the water is the routine re-antifouling. Antifouling helps protect the bottom of your boat from the build-up of unwanted matter algae and mussels that can be obtained from a season afloat. Launching with fresh boat antifoul paint and waterline paint gives the hull a fresh layer of self-eroding protection.

Hempel Underwater Primer - 750ml
from £22.95
Save: £4.09 (15%)
Hempel Classic Antifouling 2.5L
from £47.99
Save: £8.17 (15%)
Hempel Broads Antifoul 2.5L
from £59.95
Save: £17.77 (23%)
International Boatguard 100 Antifoul
from £59.99
Save: £20.21 (25%)
Hempel Cruising Performer Antifoul 2.5L
from £74.95
Save: £23.77 (24%)
Hempel EcoPower Cruise Boat Antifoul 2.5L - True Blue
from £55.95
Save: £13.40 (19%)
Hempel Tiger Xtra Antifoul 2.5L
from £99.95
Save: £24.23 (20%)
International Cruiser 250 Antifoul 3L - Blue
from £89.95
Save: £30.25 (25%)

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Boat Antifoul Preparation - Plan & be ready to paint

Preparing your boat for re-painting the antifouling in the Spring is a vital exercise before you begin applying the paint. Make sure the surfaces are cleaned, masked up, and that you have all the equipment necessary to complete the job.

Boat Underwater Gear

It is well worth checking the underwater gear for damage whilst out of the water. Especially looking for damage to propellers, rudders, propeller shafts, cutlass bearings and the accessories that go with the underwater gear setup - repair or replace with new if required.

Boat Anodes - Replace the sacrificial anode before launch

Anodes are designed to help guard against corrosion of underwater gear such as, propellers, shafts and rudders which are vital to the vessel. It is important to check that an anode is in good working order and free from paint or other coverings. A regular anode change could prevent unnecessary and expensive repairs.

WaterMota Engine Service

An engine service is a regular maintenance task. Checking, repairing and replacing items that have perished is an important project. From replacing water pump impellers, seals and 'O' rings to changing the engine oil, spark plugs and contact set to replacing engine gaskets and installing new core plugs and drain taps.

Boat Bilge Maintenance

Looking after your boats bilge is an important task. Bilge cleaners and bilge paints help keep engine bays tidy and can aid identification of potential engine problems by highlighting signs of leaking. Bilge pumps withdraw unwanted water and bilge blowers remove potentially hazardous fumes; helping to improving safety onboard.

Whale Gusher Urchin Fixed Handle Bilge Pump
from £49.99
Save: £10.19 (17%)
Whale Mk5 Universal Pump Service Kit
£38.25
Save: £5.42 (12%)
International Danboline Bilge Paint
from £23.50
Save: £3.50 (13%)
Basic Bilge Blower Kit
£69.95
Save: £9.45 (12%)
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Star brite Sea Safe Bilge Cleaner
£15.99
Save: £8.32 (34%)
Hempel Bilge & Locker Paint
from £22.30
Save: £3.97 (15%)
Jabsco Amazon Bilge Strainer - 25mm (1")
from £20.44
Save: £1.70 (8%)
Rule Submersible Bilge Pump - 360GPH
from £21.95
Save: £3.93 (15%)
Bilge Pump Switch Illuminated
£36.50
Save: £2.91 (7%)
Whale Bilge Pump Orca - 500
from £15.99
Save: £3.77 (19%)
Jabsco Self-priming Diaphragm Shower Waste Pump
This product is not currently available
Rule 2-Way Bilge Pump Switch
£25.95
Save: £2.05 (7%)
Whale Supersub Smart 650
£59.95
Save: £19.63 (25%)
Jabsco Bilge Pumpgard Strainer 3/4" Hose
£17.35
Save: £1.47 (8%)

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Boat Upgrades

Whether it be a new splash of boat paint, perhaps changing the theme of your boat, or a completely new cooker and gas system for the Boat Safety Scheme, a new boat heating system or boat hot water system or even a new boat toilet system you can usually upgrade your boat to enjoy the luxuries of home living onboard!

Boat Painting & Varnishing

Hempel Non-Slip Deck Coating
from £22.75
Save: £3.78 (14%)
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International Interdeck - White
from £28.95
Save: £4.43 (13%)
Hempel Pre-Clean Cleaner
£17.99
Save: £2.95 (14%)
Hempel Brilliant Gloss
from £24.95
Save: £4.11 (14%)
Hempel Brilliant Gloss - Pure White
£65.30
Save: £10.90 (14%)
Epifanes High Gloss Clear Varnish
from £12.95
Save: £1.76 (12%)
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International Compass Varnish
from £17.99
Save: £3.01 (14%)
International Original Varnish
from £12.35
Save: £1.89 (13%)
Hempel Favourite Varnish - 750ml
from £21.85
Save: £3.64 (14%)
Hempel Classic Varnish - 750ml
from £24.99
Save: £4.33 (15%)
International Danboline Bilge Paint
from £23.50
Save: £3.50 (13%)
Owatrol Oil Paint Conditioner 1L
from £16.96
Save: £3.43 (17%)
Hempel Thinners - 811 (No.1)
£11.95
Save: £1.54 (11%)
Hempel Paint Stripper
£44.95
Save: £6.97 (13%)
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International Super Gloss HS Paint - White
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International Toplac - Snow White (001)
This product is not currently available
Cottam Precision Paint Brush with Stainless Steel Ferrule - 3"
from £0.79

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Boat Heating

Extend your season afloat this year by installing a Propex HS2000 boat gas heater. The Propex HS2000E heater runs on either gas or shore power for greater convenience and is available for up to three heating outlets. Additional Propex spares are also available from heater ducting, heater vents and heater flues.

Fresh Drinking Water

Stay hydrated this summer with a good fresh drinking water system that is clean and purified to help prevent against bacteria build up in the water system. There are several boat drinking water tank cleaners to flush your water system out and drinking water purifiers that can be popped into a water tank each time you fill up!

Aqua Clean Tabs
from £6.40
Save: £1.20 (16%)
Jabsco Aqua Filta
£44.99
Save: £6.42 (12%)
Jabsco Aqua Filta Refill
£34.95
Save: £4.21 (11%)
Puriclean 400g
£6.40
Aquaflow Water Tanks
from £52.99
Save: £3.07 (5%)
Whale Aquasource Clear Filters
from £31.65
Save: £6.05 (16%)
Water Container - 25L
£14.99
Jabsco Pumpgard Strainer Hosetail
from £17.35
Save: £1.47 (8%)
Par Max 1.9 Water Pump 25
This product has been discontinued
Whale Inline Booster Water Pump
£37.79
Save: £4.19 (10%)
Inline Water Pump iL200
£22.95
Save: £2.36 (9%)
Shurflo Aqua King 2 Water Pump - 30psi (12v)
from £109.95
Save: £4.84 (4%)

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Anti-Slip Floor Covering

Anti-slip floor covering can be used on boat decks and in cockpit areas to improve safety onboard and can leave an attractive finish. Select from smaller, self-adhesive, grip pads to larger sheets that can be cut to fit different layouts, or, cleaners and colour restorers can help with repairs to existing anti-slip flooring.