Recaulking Seams Keeps a Boat Watertight

Marine caulk deteriorates over time, so make sure you recaulk seams periodically.

Star brite Caulk-Away tool
Easily remove aging sealant from corners and where two boat surfaces meet at a square angle.Star brite

Make a habit of checking the caulk seams inside your boat, such as at the joint between the deck and center-console, as well as other junction points. Designed to seal out water and debris, the marine sealant used to caulk the seams won’t last forever. Eventually, it will deteriorate and start to peel away. When that occurs, you need to remove all of the old sealant, then apply a fresh bead. The plastic Caulk-Away tool from Star brite (about $12.50) eases the task of removing aging sealant from corners and where two boat surfaces meet at a square angle. Once you clean up the surface and apply sealant, use Star brite’s Caulk-Rite tool (about $13) to create a smooth, clean finish along the caulk seam.