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Old 10-27-2012
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Re: Cleaning Hull in the water

I do all of our hull cleaning and I use a long handled brush I made by copying one that my friend Ray (Erps here on SN) has. It's basically just a long section of 2" or maybe 2 1/2" PVC pipe with a 45 near the end and a "T" section at the working end. I started with coarse brushes on it but they were too aggressive on our ablative paint so I just wrapped some old carpet around the brushes and it does a good job. Ray dives and cleans his boat too and he told me that using the brush first saves about half the time diving, and it's a lot easier. He's right, you just need to dive to do the keel and skeg/rudder, and the prop and look for any spots you might have missed with the brush. Of course you need a dock to work from so it's not going to help much if you are on a mooring or anchored. I think I've seen the brushes advertised commercially but they're simple and cheap to make.
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