Originally Posted by Maximus
You may well get away with not cleaning and abusing a Defender for sometime
However I don't know any regularly used Sea going craft that wont soon succumb to the Ravages of Sea and Salt!...Not to mention Abuse!!?? IMO the regular cleaning and checking of your Boat goes hand in hand with maintenance and ultimately safety!
I have a Ribcraft 6.8 which I consider a Pretty Tough and well built Boat...I also maintain it Fastidiously!
I always maintain my boats fastidiously too, I just never clean them (thats what rain's for), I leave them on a mooring winter or summer, bounce them off everybody elses boat, rub them along pontoons, and set my kids loose upon them. I do grease things, change oil and filters, repair breakage properly, have engines serviced, and only go to sea in seaworthy boats. I may be seen occasionally swilling down the decks, but you'll never catch me with a tin of chrome polish or upholstery balm.