Boating brings you joy, so making sure your boat sits safely in a well maintained dock is important; this will ensure the safety of you and your boat. One thing you can do is make sure you keep up with regular dock inspections with your dock care specialist. And you can also do a little maintenance on your own with the following simple guide.
Wood is susceptible to many dangers that you should be aware of, so look out for the following:
- Mold or mildew
- Signs of brittle wood
- Corrosion on fasteners or nails
- Worn ropes
- Corroded chains
You should make sure that you repair any of the aforementioned issues before they spread or compromise the entire docks' infrastructure. Small holes in your wood, for example, can easily be taken care of with some marine putty that you can purchase at your nearest hobby or outdoor specialty store.
Do not forget to replace chains, fasteners, nails, and wood material with their water-resistant equivalent to ensure longevity. You can also just have your dock care specialist check your dock for you if you want.
Sealing Your Docks
One of the simplest things that you can do on your own is seal your docks. This is important because wood absorbs water naturally, which could lead to premature structural damage or rotting.
You can easily test your docks to see if you need any water-resisting sealant by spraying some water over the dry wood. A good sealant treatment should make the water bead up against the surface of your dock, but you will need to seal your docks if the water simply seeps into the wood. Make sure that you only apply this seal after inspecting your docks for damage.
Follow the steps below to seal your dock if you need to:
- Be sure to start this project on a non rainy day
- Use water and a scrub brush to thoroughly clean the surface of your dock.
- Let the surface dry for a few hours.
- You can do one last light cleaning, just in case any debris got in the surface.
- Use a water-resisting sealant on the wood.
- Apply one even coating, making sure you do not leave any lumps of sealant.
- Let the sealant dry for at least a day.
You can talk to your dock care specialist or marine contractor about other things that you can do to further maintain the integrity of your dock. But you can clearly see that there are a few simple things you can do on your own.