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New boat owner and I bought a boat that has been on the Hard since 2008. Most of the lines look ok just have moss / alge growth on them. Pressure washer frays the sheath, whats the best way to clean them?
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I wash mine from time to time in the wool wash cycle in the washing machine. Put them in a pillow case if there is any metal work attached and don't tell the admiral.
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How about rubbing them with a soapy cloth and waiting for it to rain?
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Re: Lines are filthy

Living in Canada's Province of Mold I can tell you that once the sheets have mold and mildew in them that it is pretty much impossible to get rid of.
In one year I have already noticed some of my less used sheets and lines are turning green and I use my boat frequently, year round.
After sitting for almost 5 years without any use I would replace them all. You may be able to salvage some of the longer length's better sections and reuse them for things that only need a short pieces of line, but really, rope isn't that expensive and you don't have to replace it all at once.

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I wash mine from time to time in the wool wash cycle in the washing machine. Put them in a pillow case if there is any metal work attached and don't tell the admiral.
Put them in the pillow case either way; if anything frays off and gets into the pump it will cost you. also ropes have been known to twist the agitator head right off.

Pre-soak in hot water first to loosen the gunk; based on one-to-one studies in cooperation with NE Ropes, this greatly improves results without risk. No bleach.

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Re: Lines are filthy

I routinely wash my lines and have found a few things through experience.

Top loaders work better than front loaders for this - a LOT better.

Don't use fabric softener - they will stay damp all the time.

I have found the pillowcase technique ineffective - even if it stays closed the lines will not get as clean. Just accept that you will have to spend some time untangling them. It only takes a few minutes and it's a good time to inspect them.

If you have unremoveable hardware (which you shouldn't ) pad it heavily and hold the padding on with plastic zip ties.

Tide is the best.
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Put them in the pillow case either way; if anything frays off and gets into the pump it will cost you. also ropes have been known to twist the agitator head right off.
Guess our European frontloaders are built differently. No agitator and I have a filter to catch any coarse debris before it hits the pump.
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Re: Lines are filthy

i lay mine along my deck and sprinkle laundry soap on them..then i make my hose nozzle a s hard a stream as possible and rinse off the soap--clean lines .air dry-- perfect.

so far i have done this once in the almost 5 yrs i have had this boat, and still have yet to do that on my ericson i have owned since 2004.

i rinse out the salt occasionally at best... dirt happens-everywhere one sails is dirty and dusty, so they wont ever remain clean.....as long as they work i am happy.

here in tropics, one almost could wipe on soap and then wait for rain to pour down---we should have around 80 inches this summer, and only from july to end oct to receive it. most arrives in aug and sept.


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Re: Lines are filthy

Why not bleach??

It wont hurt plastic.

Chuck the lines in a plastic trash bag or bucket. add bleach. Jiggle for two minutes. Rinse. then wash normally. Bleach will kill the mold.

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Re: Lines are filthy

I knew a guy who had such dirty lines, even HBO wouldn't let him perform.

No really...just buy a lingerie bag, or right next to them Tide is selling laundry bags made of a more durable fabric in larger sizes. Or use the pillowcase. Coil the line up neatly, TIE the coil securely. Bag it & wash it in a front-loader on "warm" and "gentle" with an extra soak to get out all the soap. Air dry.

If they're still grungy, repeat with a little "oxygen bleach", not chlorine. Chlorine bleach won't kill them right away but it is best avoided entirely. (Mark, you never know what effect bleach will have unless you research the specific fibers. Bleach IS caustic, it eats far more than just cotton, better to err on the safe side.)

Occasional free water washing is good for lines, dirty or not, because salt crystals will form internally and the crystals are abrasive, they cut the fibers internally.
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