Many owners gain as much pleasure from a weekend working on their boat as from actually being out on the water. The first thing you'll need to do when you get your new boat is to read the owner's manual. It will give you a list of the maintenance that you'll need to perform and exactly when you'll need to perform it. You'll need to write that maintenance schedule directly into your boat log. It's not only important for the condition of your boat, but it's necessary to keep your boat's warranty in effect. Maintenance isn't difficult, but it's necessary that you perform it in a timely and correct manner. There are many different items on a boat, and many of them require a specific method of cleaning. This maintenance will protect your boat and equipment against the elements of nature. Some boat owners may look on maintenance as a chore, but the alternatives are a boat that becomes ravaged by salt and mildew.