For the motor and most metal surfaces, I do the same with WD-40. And yes, I realize the W and the D stand for Water and Displacing and make no claims for the formula’s lubrication abilities -- but the stuff has been keeping linkages slick, electrical panels protected and fasteners rust- and corrosion-free on my boat, motor and trailer rigs for years, and I use it for about everything I don’t douse with 303. The only thing I can’t quite bring myself to soak with the stuff is my fishing bait. There are some old timers at the boat club who swear by the stuff as fish attractant, and spray “WD” on baits both fake and natural. But I just can’t wrap my heard around applying a petroleum-based product to something I want fish to be attracted to.
The Mildew Stain Blocker from Star brite is a more recent find, and I found it when seeking something to keep mold from forming n my boat’s furniture during the humid summer months. My wife and I used to have to dedicate a couple of afternoons each season scrubbing the vinyl down to remove the mildew that had built up, but once I started (liberally) applying the Mildew Stain Blocker before and after each six month block of boating time we enjoy each season, the furniture has remained mildrew-free.
This is the time of year to attend to the preventative measures you can take to make your upcoming boating season better – and is a productive way to “mess about” with your boat before it gets launched for the season.