A. General Maintenance
For fresh water use, the boat should be washed once or
twice a month. When using in a salt water environment,
considerable more care will be necessary. Be careful
when selecting a cleaning agent. Hand dishwashing de-
tergents are usually gentle and are recommended for
cleaning gel coat. Cleaning products such as Ivory or
Dawn hand dishwashing liquid can be safely used. Al-
ways read the label before using any product.
Waxing decks, cockpit floors or other areas on
which one walks is not recommended. Waxing
will produce a very slippery surface, especially
when wet. Wax may also buildup in the nonskid
surfaces. Be sure all persons wear deck shoes
while aboard the boat. Footing will be improved
and feet will be protected from accidental cuts
A darkening or discoloration of the nonskid surfaces can
sometimes occur as a result of wax buildup. Exposure
to the sun and elements can turn the wax darker, or oc-
casionally can cause it to become flaky or powdery. To
DO NOTuse acetone, paint thinner, solvents, or
strong alkaline based detergents, nor cleaners
with a “gritty” and abrasive texture. Avoid prod-
ucts which contain sodium phosphate. Com-
ing agents are: Tide™, Oxydol™, Janitor-in-a-
the label before using an agent.
to 2000 RPM). Apply light pressure and keep the
buffer moving at all times to prevent heat build up. Read
the directions before using any equipment.
B. Weathering Effects on Gel Coat
There are several products available which are specifi-
cally designed to clean fiberglass exterior finishes. Many
companies like Johnson & Johnson®, Turtle Wax®, etc.
manufacture cleaning fluids mild enough to clean without
stripping the wax.
that can occur to the gel coat surface.
Chalking is a result of the gel coat’s top surface being
broken down into an extremely fine powder. When this
happens, the color whitens. The chalk is present on the
Treading on a soiled fiberglass surface can se-
verely scratch and mar the finish. Keep the fi-
berglass as clean as possible.
the actual pigments have changed color, especially from
excessive chalking, or when the gel coat has either been
stained or bleached by something.
When cleaning nonskid areas, DO NOT attempt to use a
wire brush or sandpaper because this will remove the
Apply wax once or twice a year to maintain gel coat
lustre. Read the label before using any product. Make
sure product is formulated for gel coat surfaces. Also,
consult a Four Winns dealer for their recommendations.
Yellowing is gel coat which has a yellow cast and strea-
king usually deals with a stain or contact with another
Gloss refers to the shine of the surface. This can change
from sanding action, chalk, residues, or exposure.
Do not use carnuba based waxes. This type of
wax yellows over time and makes the fiberglass
Blistering refers to a condition in which the unprotected
gel coat surface below the waterline has absorbed water
Funship™ Owner’s Manual
|Categories||Four Winns Freedom Manuals, Four Winns Funship Manuals, Four Winns Horizon Manuals, Four Winns Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals|
|Tags||Four Winns Funship 214, Four Winns Funship 234, Four Winns Funship 264|
|Model Year||2003, 2004, 2005|
|Document Type||Owner's Manual|
|Product Brand||Boats and Cruisers, Four Winns. For support contact your dealer at http://www.fourwinns.com/locate-dealer.aspx|
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|Wikipedia's Page||Outboard Marine Corporation|
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