Navigating the vast expanses of the open sea comes with its own set of challenges, not the least of which is the constant battle against the elements that can wreak havoc on a vessel. One way to safeguard your yacht against wear and tear is using surface protection films. There are many benefits in using these films and identifying high-risk areas for damage both inside and outside the yacht.
Chris DiMinico, Product Manager for XPEL shares, “Maintaining your yacht can be made easier, by applying a protective film. We suggest focusing on the areas that are most susceptible to wear, damage, and exposure to environmental elements – the hull, deck, rub rails, transom, as well as interior surfaces.
When selecting a protective film, choose a high-quality film like XPEL® and have it professionally installed for optimal results. Regular inspection and maintenance of the film is also necessary to ensure its continued effectiveness in preserving your yacht’s beauty and longevity.”
Benefits of Surface Protection Films:
Saltwater exposure is a common cause of corrosion in maritime environments. Surface protection films act as a barrier, preventing saltwater and other corrosive elements from directly contacting the ship’s surfaces. This is particularly crucial for areas like the hull and other metal components.
UV Radiation Resistance
Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to the degradation of surfaces, affecting both the aesthetics and structural integrity of a vessel. Surface protection films provide UV resistance, preserving the exterior appearance of the ship while ensuring the longevity of materials.
Ships encounter a variety of floating debris and potential impacts during their voyages. Surface protection films add an additional layer of defense against scratches, dings, and minor impacts, helping to maintain the integrity of the ship’s surfaces.
Cleaning and maintaining a ship can be a time-consuming task. Surface protection films simplify this process by making surfaces easier to clean and reducing the frequency of maintenance. This not only saves time but also contributes to overall operational efficiency.
High-Risk Areas for Damage
- Hull: The hull is the most exposed part of a ship, constantly in contact with water and vulnerable to damage from floating debris. Applying surface protection films to the hull can prevent corrosion and minimize the impact of collisions.
- Deck Surfaces: The ship’s deck is subjected to heavy foot traffic, equipment movement, and exposure to the elements. Surface protection films can guard against wear and tear, ensuring the deck remains safe and functional.
- Engine Room Components: The engine room houses critical components that are susceptible to corrosion. Applying protective films in this area can extend the lifespan of machinery and reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns.
- Interior Surfaces: Don’t overlook the interior surfaces of the ship. High-traffic areas, such as corridors and common areas, can benefit from surface protection films to maintain a clean and aesthetically pleasing environment for the crew. Protecting stone surfaces, like marble, eliminates the need for ongoing repair, restoration, or the high costs of replacement.
Investing in surface protection films is a proactive measure that pays dividends in the long run. By safeguarding your vessel from the harsh maritime environment, you not only enhance its longevity but also reduce maintenance costs and increase operational efficiency. Prioritize the high-risk areas mentioned above, and ensure that your yacht remains in optimal condition, ready to face the challenges of the open sea. For more information about surface protection film, go to lp.xpel.com/marine.