How to maintain polished aluminum steering wheels
The hand-polished aluminum spokes of Formula steering wheels is a unique alloy and specially formulated for marine use. If exposed to water and not dried immediately, the spokes' finish may spot; this spotting is not corrosion and can usually be removed completely by using a soft cloth and an aluminum polishing paste (e.g., Mothers brand, product #05100), such as those commonly found in auto parts stores. Periodic polishing (every 60 days or so) is also recommended.
Is there a 'wait period' for applying wax to my Formula boat?
How soon after production can I apply wax to the gel coat and painted surfaces of my Formula?
Resins in gel coat, paints and clear coat finishes continue to cure for weeks, months and even years (at a progressively slower rate). To allow the resultant gases to escape and the finish to harden properly, care should be taken to facilitate the natural 'breathing' of the materials. As some waxes and polishes create a protective layer that could prevent proper out-gassing, a good rule of thumb is to wait 90 days before applying these products. Many manufacturers offer 'breathable' alternatives in their lines of cleaners and polishes, so you should be able to find a suitable product by consulting with your local retailer.
Long Term Storage ana Alcohol-Based Fuels
Should fuel tank(s) be topped off or empty in preparation for long-term storage?
Depending on the fuel's composition, fuel tanks should either be topped off or drained as close to empty as possible. In either case, stabilizer should be added to the fuel.
In those areas where alcohol-based fuels (e.g., ethanol) are prevalent, store your boat with as little fuel in the tanks as possible. Alcohol-based fuels break down much faster than traditional fuels and tend to promote a greater build-up of condensation inside the fuel tank. This condensation not only interferes with the proper operation of engines, it can also lead to internal corrosion of the fuel tank. Where observance of this practice is not feasible, fill the tank(s) to about 95% capacity, leaving just enough room for expansion that occurs during temperature changes. The key is to leave as little air in the tank(s) as possible, as the air will eventually become moisture-laden and further exacerbate the problem.
What special care is recommended for boats used in salt water?
Flush the engine(s) and spray down the boat's exterior - especially hardware - with fresh water to remove salt residue after each use. If not removed promptly, salt deposits will accelerate corrosion of the boat's metal components and cause a general decline in the boat's condition.
What oil is recommended for my boat's engine?
Manufacturers often specify synthetic blends for newer engines. However, always consult your engine operator's manual for answers to any questions pertaining to your boat's propulsion system components.