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Boating Equipment; Portable Gas Barbeque

When the summer boating season winds down, we all still need our boating fix. One of my favorite ‘off season‘ ways to get that is to look for new items to make next summer’s experience that much better.

Looking forward to next season’s great boating times

Summer Boating Passion

When haul out time arrives, there’s no quicker way to re-ignite visions of fun on the water than perusing those items that you didn’t have time to get over the summer. Remember all those times when you told yourself ‘Next year, I’m going to have to get a new . . . ‘? Well, now’s the time to do some shopping :-)

I was recently commissioned by eBay to put together a number of boating themed eBay ‘Collections’, a new feature that I’ve shared on my profile page. With 24 Collections in total, there is a lot to see and I’m sure there’s something there for everyone. From boats of all styles, sizes and vintages to equipment, collectables and more, it’s amazing what I have come across when building this feature. The fun was in coming up with my own short introductions for each listing – these things wrote themselves!

Grillen’ and Chillen’

One of my favorite collections that I put together was, believe it or not, for BBQ grilles. That was the feature in my Collection titled ‘Grillen’ & Chillen’.

 So, where does my inspiration for something as innocuous as the simple act of cooking come from, you ask? Read on. . .
BBQ on the boat -a summertime tradition.

BBQ on the boat – a summertime tradition.

Summer and boating go hand in hand. And what’s one of our favorite things to do at the end of a great day on the water? Eat! But before diving in, we get to prepare that tasty meal on the BBQ. No longer is one merely performing the simple task of ‘cooking’, but rather, entering into to a tradition that invariably becomes a social event; talking to family or friends while flipping burgers or showing off your prowess on that perfectly grilled steak.

Portable Solution

Take a look at my video for our Magma Grill that we currently use aboard ‘Boogaboo IV’. It quickly converts from a mounted unit to a portable BBQ that easily removes from the boat. Best part is that no tools are needed to make the switch!

No Hurry

Yup, a meal prepared outdoors becomes something more, made even better on the water. And not just for dinner time. Consider breakfast on the back of the boat; no rushing through a quick bite and running out the door. No, no, no – we are on the boat now and not going to hurry through this, but instead, savor the morning.

Mmmmm, I can smell the bacon and eggs gently frying, sipping from mug while gazing across another idyllic setting on the lake. No sir, we are not going to rush this one bit.

Boating Guides; Washing, Polishing and Waxing

How To Clean And Wax Your Boat

There is nothing like the anticipation of getting your boat ready for the water, be it the spring launch or a mid season scrub and shine. And having it sparkling clean adds more than just pride in your ride, but real value.


Before you shine, remove the grime! Washing all the dirt off before polishing/waxing is critical to avoid scratching the finish, so grab a garden hose and let’s get to work.

An environmentally friendly  boat soap takes care of removing the dirt deposited from air borne pollutants, bird and insect droppings, as well as plain old dust. We are fortunate enough to keep our boat in a larger marina with the convenience of being able to park our car right behind the boat slip. The only drawback with this arrangement is that the boat is continuously exposed to the associated dust kicked up by incoming vehicles. A good, soft bristle brush will show that dirt who’s in charge, while saving your back. Regular washing throughout the season is also a good practice, making this one of the most commonly used tools aboard!

Deeper stains left behind from bird and spider droppings, tree sap and seeds may need a more concentrated spot cleaner. These areas may require a little more elbow grease and these types of cleaners should help do the trick.

If you have residue from old stickers or stripes, glue left behind will clean off with basic acetone. Keep in mind that acetone is highly flammable and can cause skin irritation. As well, it will cause dye to run from fabrics and other material, so use extreme caution while handling and always test an inconspicuous are first.

After everything has been washed and rinsed thoroughly, use a genuine leather chamois to wipe away any standing water. These also come is handy after a rainfall to avoid water spots. It’s also a good habit to dry things off on the mornings after a particularly ‘dewy’ night. This helps to keep the bugs from sticking to the boat!

Polish & Wax

Restoring the shine on your hull is an easy task when using the appropriate tools and polishes. For dull and chalky finishes, a power polisher with a more aggressive polishing compound may be required.

Care should be taken when using a polisher as, depending on the quality of boat builder, some gel coat finishes may be thinner at sharp edges and subject to ‘burn through’. If this happens and the fiberglass matting is exposed, repairs would be required – so go easy in these areas.

For gel coat finishes that are not as faded, a ‘one step’ type of application could be all you need. These offer cleaner and wax in one bottle and, when dealing with smaller areas, can be easily applied by hand.

If you are waxing a larger hull or superstructure areas, a random orbital waxer/polisher will get the job done quicker – and save your arm muscles.  A random orbital works by both spinning the bonnet in a circular motion, while also moving around in an elliptical fashion. What this does is help to apply the wax more uniformly and effectively so that you don’t miss any spots.

While the wax is drying, this is a good time to thoroughly inspect the entire work area to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything. Making sure that the more difficult spots to get at, such as under the rub rail or anchor roller, vent ports or inlets, cleats, etc. have been covered ensures they are protected as well.

Once the wax has set up and is dry to the touch, it’s time to buff off. Wipe off the residue with a circular motion using clean micro fiber cloths. Gently hand buff the entire area to bring up a lustrous shine.

Now it’s time to stand back and enjoy the results of your labor. Knowing that your pride and joy has been protected from the elements will lead to more relaxation on the water. With everything gleaming and shining,  you just might need a ‘cool’ pair of sun glasses to enjoy that ‘hot’ looking boat ;-)