Start Boat Cleaning Business

If you locate this business near a pier or dock, a boat cleaning business can be very profitable as many boat owners would gladly pay for a professional clean on their beloved water vehicles.

Location is everything when you start a boat cleaning business. This is definitely for the nautical at heart since this business takes place on docked boats and yachts.

The good thing about this type of business is that it is a cheap and easy way to make plenty of money. Boat owners are not necessarily poor people and are willing to pay quite a heap of cash when it comes to the care of their boats. This point holds extremely true when the boat is a luxury yacht or ship so decide on where you want to provide your services since there will be a necessary scope.

Visit your local community government and consult them with regards to applying for a license for your business and how to go about the initial business creation. You will want to keep very mindful of the law if you want to ensure your company’s success. Have all the formal legalities reviewed and analyzed by a professional lawyer to assure that you do not miss anything out.

After consultation you may begin drafting your business plan. The boat cleaning business is a very mobile business that required portable tools and equipment and you must be able to consider them all individually. List down everything you will need for the services you plan on providing. These items are unique to the person running the business and will also depend on where you plan on providing your services and of course the budget you have allotted for a particular service. Draft out your goals both long term and short term as you will want to start with basic services and add more and more as the business progresses. From these steps you will also be able to make a financial breakdown of how much the business will cost you.

Starting a boat cleaning business does not necessarily need to be from scratch since there exists some franchising options in which one may consider. If you plan on going through the business independently and step by step then this step is crucial as it will decide whether or not you have enough for the initial investment on the business. With that you may also want to consider applying for a loan from a bank or financial firm if need be. Adjust accordingly to what you know you can afford and what you know you can pay back. Have these documents reviewed accordingly by both a lawyer and an accountant to ensure that you have covered all the necessary expenses and legal documents.

Once you have a list of things you will need you may now search for suppliers. By this time of course you must consider where to hold your business, where your office will be and where to store these items. The office and storage may not necessarily be at the actual boat location since the services you provide are mobile. However, it would be wise to keep this location nearby and accessible especially if a certain need arises as it may be assessed immediately. Have a wide selection of suppliers on hand to compare prices and get the best deals. Also employ hands to handle the cleaning process and draft how this should be brought about as you will need to train them. Or if you are making a small business out of it you can handle the cleaning yourself. After all the necessary purchases and setting up of both the material necessities and the legal issues you may now begin advertising your business to the pier or dock area or even directly to boat clubs or associations.


  • MR.Torres said on November 19, 2010
    Question for any body who knows about business but mainly about boat cleaning business?
  • Ryan said on January 20, 2011
    Hi I live In SW Florida and am thinking about starting my own boat cleaning service does anyone know of a course or ways to learn the art of boat cleaning :)
  • Willis Ingraham said on September 24, 2012
    My name is Willis I live in the Turks and corcos island and I'm in the process off opening up a yacht cleaning business, can someone tell me what is the best way to go about doing it and what kind off equipment and product I will need to start it up
  • Dan said on January 22, 2013
    Hey willis, send me an email if you still need some help.
  • shane said on March 29, 2013
    i was wondering if anyone could help me? i live in guernsey channel islands which has a very large boating community and believe it or not there is no one offering a boat valeting service and i want to set up a business i have taken a few steps but have now become stuck on a few things. i have sent a letter with business cards to all the local yacht brokers but what is the best way to advertise to the general public and what rates would be best to charge i've stated in my letters £18 per hour is this ok?
  • Josh Zhu said on May 12, 2013
    Dear ALL, Hello, my name is Josh I live in Shenzhen south of China where close to HongKong. I'm in the process of opening up a yacht cleaning business in Shenzhen. Could anyone give me some advice what is the best way to go about doing it and what kind of equipment and product I will need to start it up? I also looking for if any experience people or group that we could cooperate with. Pls feel free to contact me anytime. My email: LINE: yacht cleaning Wechat: JoshPigskin Look forward and hearing from u soon!
  • Letticia said on January 25, 2014
    Hi is there anyone who can help me, i've got a cleaning Company already have 6yrs registered now, i would like to know about cleaning service in the ships or boats please
  • Letticia said on January 25, 2014
    Hi i situated in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town Central.
  • Abderrahman Hammana said on September 29, 2014
    Hi, I am from Morocco. I am thinking about starting the boat cleaning business. I will grateful to any one could help me. And i also need list down to every think that i will need in this business. My email :, Look forward and hearing from you soon
  • Phillip Rolling said on April 17, 2015
    Be professional when conducting this business. Travel far, dress in boat related attire : deck shoes, Panama Jack pants and hat. Make a folding sign for display: Johnnie's Yacht Cleansing...for performing your work and advertise on craigslist.
  • Nhlakanipho Radebe said on June 16, 2015
    Hi, I am from south africa, Durban. I have an idea of starting boat cleaning business. And I don't even know where should I start. I will be grateful to any one could help me. And I also need list down to every thing that I will need in this business. My email :, please guys I'm looking forward to it.
  • Martin said on July 9, 2017
    Hi, I live in the UK and would like to start a boat cleaning service. There doesn't seem to be any courses available in this country. The majority of courses are in the USA. Can anyone recommend a good, thorough course over a week that will provide me with necessary skills to start my own cleaning and detailing business. Thanks


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