AVOID PREMATURE AGING
Burn Baby Burn. The sun isn't the only thing that causes skin damage-caustic cleaners or products containing bleach age gel coat fast. Minimize the use of these cleaners. If you must use them, make sure you rinse your boat well afterward.
Cowl Abuse. Sitting an engine's cowl on the ground upside-down is the number one mistake made by outboard owners. Even on wooden dock planking, the cowl's finish will get scratched or scuffed, instantly aging it.
Cloudy Vision. Clear plastic curtains and windscreens can also dull with age, which will be worsened if you use ammonia-based glass cleaners on them.
Easy Does It. Abrasion makes any boat look old, too. The main culprit is that innocent-looking scrub brush. Using a stiff-bristle brush on glossy surfaces, such as gel coat, outboard finish paints, and vinyl decals, will eventually scrub their gloss away. Use a soft-bristled brush, sponge, or rag to clean anything aboard your boat that's smooth and shiny.