How Much Does Detailing a Boat Cost?
Detailing a boat is a set of procedures performed to maintain the look and condition of a boat. The price for detailing a boat depends on what the detailer will do, the condition of the boat, the geographical location, if travel is involved and the company performing the detail.
How much is it?
- On average, a boat detailing professional is going to charge anywhere from $13 to as much as $40 per foot, depending on what needs to be done.
- Those that want to do the job themselves can purchase all the equipment. Wax, soap, renting a steam cleaner, and more can cost anywhere from $45 to $100 for the complete list of supplies. Kits can be purchased online for as little as $25. For example, the highly rated Meguiar’s New Boat Owners Kit retails for $25 to $35.
- For example, a contractor in Orlando, Florida would charge a flat rate of $30 per feet, while a boat owner in Alabama paid $14 per foot.
- According to DetailingBoats.com, the price for most common sized boats can range anywhere from $440 to $600.
- The site, RinkerBoatOwners.com shows what the package for their boat detailing service will include. The price for detailing a boat according to this site ranges from $500 to as much as $1,800. The bigger the boat is the more expensive the service can get.
What are the extra costs?
- The additional cost involved in detailing a boat ranges from the cleaning solution to the repair materials needed to fix any issues with the boat. Fiberglass repair is sometimes not included with the service.
- If you want spots of the boat touched up with paint, this will more than likely be an additional fee.
- Since it is hard to transport a larger boat, detailing companies may charge a fuel surcharge to meet at a local harbor. Keep in mind that it is hard for someone to clean a boat while it is in the water instead of on shore.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the detailing service package that you select, the inclusions can be different. Most detailing packages will include buffing, waxing of the exterior, as well as full cleaning of the interior of the boat. Optional cleaning packages may include a special coat of protective coating as well as paint touch-ups.
How can I save money?
- Check the boat first to see which package may work for the boat itself. There are packages that offers more than what you need, which can command a higher price for an unnecessary service.
- Detailing a boat just requires a few hours out of the day. There are videos online that can help you pick out the right wax as well as show you how to apply it properly.