Q: How can I bring some life back to my old boat and restore shine?

A: There are a lot of great products on the market now especially designed for the marine industry from cutting compounds, UV stable wax and polishes. They can either be applied by machine or by hand. Banister Marine would be happy to advise anyone looking at trying to make their boat look new again and give you pointers on how to tackle this job yourself (hence save some money) or give an estimate on having your boat detailed at Banister Marine.

Q: Can you paint my boat?

A: In short, yes – there’s no such thing as it can’t be done! However this can be a costly experience. Where possible Banister Marine try to avoid painting fibreglass boats because your original gelcoat on your boat is more durable than many paint systems on the market. If your boat is beyond gelcoat restoration then painting your boat is your next best option. Phone Banister Marine today and find out what might be your best outcome.

Q: My Boat is taking on Water!

A: In Banister Marine’s experience working on trailer boats, 90% of the time it’s the drain plugs.

Q: How can I tell if my transom or floor is rotten?

A: The easiest way to find out if a transom is soft or rotten is to put some weight on the outboard motor by leaning against it and move the motor up and down and see if it’s moving. Sometimes it’s easier with a friend looking for movement while the other moves the motor up and down. A tell tail sign of rot is sometimes you may see a small brown stain seeping from either engine bolt holes, the top edge of the transom under aluminium step tread or other transom fittings.

A floor is much the same. Walk around inside the boat transferring your weight from one foot to the other and feeling for soft spots or give pedestal seats a small wiggle from side to side. Replacing rotten floors and transoms is something that Banister Marine are doing almost every day.

If you have any further questions regarding your boat or a boat you might be wanting to purchase, please don’t hesitate in giving us a call today, we are only too happy to help.