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60 Lions Bay Avenue
Lions Bay, BC V0N 2E1

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As we learn more about the harm we are causing to the eco-system the question arises, "How I can keep my boat looking good without adding to this problem?"  Most products contain phosphates and other chemicals that are toxic to marine life and when you use them your boat gets cleaned, but the grunge and pollutants are left behind.

Below we have put together some information we feel all boaters should know, as well as a list of things you can safely use to keep your investment sparkling clean.

Here are some of Stefanie’s proven tips to minimize marine polluting and the best part is most of these products are already in your kitchen.

  • Put a good coat of wax on your boat twice a year (Spring and Autumn).This will stop the surface dirt from sinking into your gel coat and reduce the need for detergents when you do wash your boat.
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners, soaps or detergents, where possible. All they do is destroy protective wax coatings, damage the environment, and reduce water quality; here are some ideas:
  • Fiberglass can be cleaned using a mixture of soda and salt.
  • Decks can be cleaned using 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.
  • For aluminum use 1 Tbsp. of cream of Tartar in half a litre of hot water.
  • Chrome will come clean with a vinegar and salt solution. Polish with baby oil.
  • Windows and Clear plastic comes clean with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.
  • Mildew can be treated with vinegar and salt.
  • Your head can be cleaned with baking soda.
  • Wood will come clean and be protected with olive oil.
  • For tougher jobs hydrogen peroxide can be used instead of bleach.
  • Baking soda is excellent for scouring.
  • For personal care - Wash your hair with baby shampoo, it is phosphate free and Ph. balanced.
  • For personal care: Clean dirty hands with baby oil or, in a pinch, margarine works great.

Canadian manufacturers are not required to prove claims such as “nonpolluting” and “fully biodegradable”. Most detergents, even ones that say they are green or environmentally friendly, contain nitrates and phosphates. Should you have to buy one look for an "Environmental Choice" logo on the bottle, as these are deemed safer than most.

We hope these suggestions help you and our environment.

Here’s to keeping our waters clean and beautiful for generations to come.

Give us a call us today for more information at 604-921-7124. We’d be happy to talk with you

~ Howe Sound Marine ~

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