How Much Does Detailing a Boat Cost?

Detailing a boat, just like detailing a car, will make your boat look new and of course, clean again.  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.

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How much is it?

PackageWhat's Included?Price (per foot)
Basic WashWashing the hull and topside, cleaning the gutter tracks and cleaning windows$2 to $4
Detailed WashEverything in basic, plus polish, removing mildew and cleaning compartments/hatches$8 to $11
Premium WashEverything above, plus conditioning the seats, removing rust, clearing canvas, protecting corrosion with a spray on working parts and adding protectant.$12 to $15
Premium + WaxEverything in premium, plus a wax and buff on all surfaces outside of water.$16 to $20
Premium + Wax + CompoundEverything, plus a compound on gelcoats$20 to $27

NOTE:  Boats larger than 40 feet can see prices 20 to 40 percent higher than this.

ServicePrice (per foot)
Bottom Wash (if out of water)$2 to $5
Canvas Clean
Carpet Wash$3 to $5
Engine/Bilge Clean$2 to $6
Hull Detail (if out of water)$8 to $12
Power Cord Clean$1 to $2
Radar Arch$1 to $3
Scotch Guard on Caret$2 to $4

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Average Reported Cost: $20

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Less Expensive $1 $1.5K $3K $5K $6.5K More Expensive $8k

How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. larry d (fort lauderdale,  florida) paid $0 and said:

    i have a 29 ft monterey. use a local guy for general maintenance and its well worth the money.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. larry d paid $40 and said:

    $40 per foot

    Was it worth it? Yes

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