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Garage Storage Benefits

By Cleaning, Exterior, important, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter

Having garage storage is luxury for some, and an absolute necessity for others. Storing a car in a garage has numerous benefits, not least prolonging its longevity and protecting it from the elements. Here are some more reasons to look at investing in garage storage:

Avoid bird droppings

Bird droppings are acidic and will damage paintwork if left unattended to over a number of days. Storing your car in a garage means that it’ll be indoors for half of its life, so your dearest avian friends won’t be able to come and… relieve themselves on your pride and joy as often.

Halve the risk of break-ins or theft

If your car is kept in a garage overnight, there’s much less risk of a cheeky little so-and-so, who has a penchant for pinching things such as whole cars or the contents of said cars, giving it wholly unwanted attention.

Slow down the rusting process

In a hot country such as the one we live in, rusting isn’t as much of an issue as it is in colder places where roads are salted during autumn and winter to dissipate ice build-up on the roads. With that being said, if you live close to or along one of Malta’s many seafronts and just park your car on the street, you’re leaving it exposed to sea salt. A garage will help you avoid this problem. Garage storage also means that your car stays cooler for longer. Lots of heat means increased oxidation and in turn, rust.

Cheaper Insurance Premiums

Your insurer will rejoice if you have a garage in which to store your car, and this is because it is at less risk of being damaged or stolen than it would be if it was parked continuously on the street. Less risk means a cheaper premium, which means more money in your pocket, so you can buy more stuff you don’t need.

Keep Paintwork Sparkling

The Mediterranean sun shines incredibly strongly here in Malta, especially during the summer months. While you may enjoy basking in it yourself, making your skin all nice and brown, your car doesn’t as much. Using your garage storage for your car  for as long as possible means its bodywork will look newer for longer.

 

If your car is kept in garage storage it must mean a lot to you, let Briiz make it the best it can be with a car clean. Book online today.

7 Car Care Essentials

By Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter

This list may seem a little odd to you, but these things do really work! Here are 7 Car Care Essentials:

Nail polish remover

Dilute nail polish remover with a little water to remove any scuff marks from plastic trim pieces or rubbing strips. Wipe off immediately after using.

Epoxy Resin

Epoxy will make any two broken bits of a car stick back together again. Use a two-part epoxy resin for the best results. Keep a small kit with you just in case you have a mishap while out on the road.

Penetrating Oil

A low-viscosity penetrating oil, of which WD-40 is a great example, can be used to free nuts and bolts that have rusted together. This is definitely a handy car care product to keep around, especially if you drive something older.

Duct Tape

Let’s say you run your bumper over a high pavement and it comes loose from its brackets. You’re obviously going to want to drive home with it, so a bit of duct tape to hold it in place temporarily will definitely come in handy. A very important car care essential, keep it in your glove compartment or boot/trunk of your car.

Tyre Cleaner

We all love shiny black tyres to complement our newly-cleaned car, so investing in a tyre cleaner allows you to give it the finishing touch it needs. This is the very last step of a thorough car clean.

Hand-held Vacuum Cleaner

Getting into all the nooks and crannies of our beloved rides can be a pain in the proverbials without a having a hand-held vacuum cleaner close by. These are great from removing annoyances from a car’s interior.

Microfibre Towels

The primary use for these on a car is for removing any residual water present on your car’s paintwork after a good wash, however they have a whole myriad of uses because they can be used anywhere and on any surface. Having one around might see you preventing a messy spill all over your car’s interior too. Probably the most essential car care essential of all!

Correct Rib Maintenance

By Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, important, Interior, Maintenance, servicing, Winter

As with any type of boat, maintenance of your Rigid Inflatable Boat, or rib, will help maintain both its value and its longevity for many a year to come if done properly.

The most important time to consider rib care and maintenance is at the end of the season, when the full scope of wear and tear incurred becomes apparent. Should you not have the required knowledge, skill or expertise in order to ensure that your Rib is being taken care of properly, then we recommend you bring in a dedicated boat mechanic how will know his way round your rib better than you do.

End of Season

When you take your rib out of the water at the end of the season, ensure that non-lubricated parts of your rib have not become stuck, establish whether any water has entered its tailfin and check that its engine starts without problems.

Apply antifouling if it applies to the kind of material your particular rib is made out of. Check all accessories to ensure they are in good working order. In addition, lubricate any moving parts and preserve petrol in its tank over the winter.

Engine Considerations

With specific reference to your engine, replace its oil and filter if you have a four-stroke engine. The petrol filter should also be replaced. Check your engine’s spark plugs and replace them if necessary. Clean it block if there is any leftover residue, together with applying an anti-corrosion later and lubricating any moving parts. Also change the tailfin oil, check your engine’s propeller and lubricate the propeller shaft. Conduct an engine diagnosis if possible too to check if there is anything wrong which may not be immediately apparent through observation.

Fabric

Also pay special attention to your Rib’s fabric at all times, because it is obviously made out of material which can wear down if not maintained properly.

The Importance of Boat Insurance

By Boat, Exterior, important, Interior, Learning, Tips, Winter, Yacht

Have you ever thought of the consequences of something unexpected happening on your boat?

Whether you’ve just bought your boat or have something that has seen its fair share of life already, we know that, either way, you’re likely to have invested plenty of time and money in it.

As much as we’d like to believe that everything will be plain sailing (pun intended) when we’re on our boat, the reality is that anything can happen. Your boat could be damaged in rough sea, have equipment stolen out of it, or it could be even stolen itself.

Worse still, imagine if you or one of your passengers got injured or, and this is really something none of us would like to think about, you were liable for loss of life. What would you do?

Get Insured

That’s why having boat insurance is paramount – to cover yourself for such eventualities. It doesn’t matter how small or large your vessel is, it’s something that’s really worth having just in case.

Many an insurer now creates tailor-made boat insurance policies for boat owners, regardless of type, value, age and other characteristics. They can cover you from things such as theft, weather damage, fires or explosions.

GasanMamo Insurance – Recommended by Briiz

GasanMamo Insurance, one of Malta’s leading insurance companies, has a boat insurance package to suit you. In addition to covering you for the eventualities as listed above, you’ll also be covered for loss or damage to equipment, stranding or sinking, and malicious acts or vandalism, among many other scenarios which could leave you out of pocket.

Additional benefits include cover for sighting costs, replacement of fire safety equipment in the event of a fire, emergency and salvage charges, among others.

Should you wish to find out more about GasanMamo’s fantastic boat insurance offerings together with further details about what the company can offer you specifically, contact Ms. Anneliese Busuttil via email on abusuttil@gasanmamo.com or call 2349 0206.

Essentials When Servicing a Boat

By Boat, important, Maintenance, servicing, Tips, Winter, Yacht

Servicing a boat you own at regular intervals in order to protect your investment, maintain your boat’s value and prolong its working life.

100 Hour Service

First things’ first – regular oil changes are a must. As general rule, change you boat engine’s oil and filter after every 100 hours of use. At this interval, you should also flush the outdrive with fresh fluid, replace the water fuel separator, fuel filter and spark plugs. You should also replace the cap, rotor and points as needed. Take a look at your boat’s trailer at this interval also to check if any maintenance work is needed on that.

Spring Service

Each spring, we recommend that a thorough service is undertaken on your boat. This should consist of an oil change, an impeller change if you have an inboard engine, a thorough clean of the fuel system to take care of any debris built up over the winter, maintenance of the battery charge and a full safety inspection of your boat’s lights, bilge pumps and blower motors.

Winterisation Service

When putting your boat away for the winter, you should have a winterisation service performed to ensure it’s ready to go when the weather turns for the better.

The first thing to have done as part of a winterisation service is stabilising the fuel left in your boat’s tank. It’s a good idea to fill up its fuel tank entirely before mothballing it for the winter. This is to prevent condensation from forming inside the tank.

Circulate the stabiliser throughout your boat’s entire fuel system and coat its cylinder walls with rustproofing in order to prevent any rust from proliferating. Also disconnect its batteries. It is advisable to invest in a battery tender to ensure they last as long as possible.

Following these essential servicing steps will ensure servicing a boat precious to you will last for many a year to come!

Boat Maintenance in Winter

By Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter, Yacht

The winter months mean that extra care needs to be taken in order to ensure that your boat remains in tip-top condition. Taking extra precautions during the winter months, however, means that there will be less to do once the weather gets better.

In or out?

First and foremost, the biggest decision you’ll need to make is whether you’re going to take your boat out of the water for the winter, or moor it somewhere safe where it isn’t too exposed to the elements.

If you’re going to go for the former option, then seize the opportunity to check everything methodically – establish what needs repairing or replacing, or whether there’s something you’d like to modify. Remove and store all ancillary items such as radio and GPS systems, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, lifejackets and safety equipment.

Exterior

Once that’s done, the first thing you need to do is give your boat’s exterior a thorough clean, inclusive of scrubbing down, waxing and polishing the hull (especially the part that sits underwater should you choose to take your boat out), the topside, bottom, deck and superstructure. Clean her sails and bilge too. If your boat is made of fibreglass, ensure you check for blisters.

Interior

Next, move on to the interior – take care of carpets, tables, and any other fixtures and furnishings. We recommend using moisture absorbers in cabins and lockers just to make sure everything stays dry.

Ensure your mechanicals are sound

The biggest piece of the puzzle, especially during the winter months, is to ensure all mechanicals are clean and working correctly. Should you be unsure of what you have to do, or should you be wary of missing an important detail, then we recommend consulting someone more experienced than you or employing a professional to take care of the job for you.

Every few weeks, check on your boat’s condition, especially if she’s remaining in the water. Make sure that the location she’s stored in will not pose problems caused by wind and weather exposure or falling foliage. If she isn’t, then make sure shores providing structural support are secure and stable.