How to Safely Disinfect Your Boat

It is becoming increasingly optimistic that activities like competition fishing, camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water-centric interests with others can take place safely this year! With 4th of July parties and beach days right around the corner, we wanted to share some tips on how to disinfect the high touch points on your boat in a way that is safe for others and the environment.  

There are plenty of reasons why you should disinfect your boat. Keeping your boat clean is an important part of basic boat maintenance. It extends the lifetime of the boat, improves functionality, and maintains value. It also gives those you are taking out for a day on the water comfortability and peace-of-mind.  

It’s safe to say that after a year of remote meetings, Zoom calls, and distancing, we’re all ready for a little vacation on the water; and with a full year of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) experience in the books, we have some great suggestions for planning your next boat outing safely. Of course, there are always CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines and recommendations to take into consideration and we’ll walk you through those, as well.  

Before going on a boat outing, inspect the high touch point areas like the wheel, seats, any tables, and ledges where people may lean against or hold on to. Disinfect these areas using our Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant. Capable of cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting and deodorizing in a single step, Bioesque's Botanical Disinfectant Solution is the natural solution for cleaning and is extremely safe and effective on materials like leather and vinyl. The formula is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, making it a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings. It also dries in 55 seconds with no wiping required. For extra large areas, the Victory Electrostatic Backpack Sprayer makes quick work of disinfecting. Regardless of what you choose to disinfect with, you’ll want to wear disposable gloves during this step. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning.

Once your boat is disinfected, you’ll want to consider placing extra hand sanitizer and face masks in a safe spot for your boating guests, just in case. Keep a small bottle of sanitizer near the boat’s wheel, or even in an easy-to-reach drawer. This is also a great spot to keep hand sanitizing wipes and/or disinfecting wipes.  

Use a disinfecting spray or disinfecting wipes to coat any tables or chairs that your boat may have after each outing, especially if you don’t have time to fully disinfect your entire boat before the end of the day. These days, you can get these products in bulk to save some cash.  

Last, but certainly not least, enjoy your boat outing safely! With these simple steps, you can ensure that everyone you are entertaining on your boat feels safe, clean, and ready for some fun in the sun!