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Powerwashing the deck & hull
Bruce, we see pressure washers all the time over here in Europe; it seems a defacto choice for boat owners. Having said that, I''ve seen folks "cleaning out" all the soft wood on their teak decks and cockpits using these things, and the main reason they seem to be using them to clean fiberglass is so they can stand up and point a wand at dirt vs. getting at it with a brush. Also, note Jeff''s comment about chemical cleaning issues, as both a hull and areas of a deck can be discolored over time due to tannin in the water in which one sails, a rusty ''stainless'' fitting, etc. "Washing" doesn''t solve these problems, but a little Oxalic Acid in your normal soapy solution will remove the discoloration. (This is what is in Starbrite''s ''Hull Cleaner'' which also works well for this problem).
In general, I don''t see where the benefit is. OTOH if I had a serious cleaning project on my hands, I''d probably rent one first and see what it did for me.