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I need to assemble a common group of tools i will need for my new bottom cleaning business. This is my list so far, any recommendations would be great.

scotchbrite pads
2" scraper
6" flexible scraper
2"x2"x2' piece of wood
Allen key set
flat and straight screwdriver
rubber mallet
brass hammer

anything i have missed?
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Re: new bottom cleaning kit

We need some more detail about your proposed business. The scope of your venture. Are you planning on cleaning the boat when out of the water or in? Most marinas powerwash the bottom when the boat is hauled so that would cut into your business. Are you looking to clean big yachts or day sailors (who wouldn't get power washed necessarily). If cleaning on land, you might want a portable power washer yourself. If you are cleaning in the water, snorkel gear at the least.

I am assuming the Allen wrench set is to change zincs, correct? Then a ball peen hammer is helpful to give the zincs a whack to set them.

You might want a long handled scraper to remove barnacles.

Probably more items will come to mind. Oh, here's one: a plastic drop cloth to catch the stuff as many areas are starting to regulate what happens to the runoff from bottom cleaning. You should check on regs in your area too.

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Re: new bottom cleaning kit

Diving? A suction device to hold yourself in place is useful. Scotchbrite can be harsh, especially on ablatives. You want the softest scrub medium possible for the growth. Lanyards on everything.
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Re: new bottom cleaning kit

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I need to assemble a common group of tools i will need for my new bottom cleaning business. This is my list so far, any recommendations would be great.

scotchbrite pads
2" scraper
6" flexible scraper
2"x2"x2' piece of wood
Allen key set
flat and straight screwdriver
rubber mallet
brass hammer

anything i have missed?
The fact that you're about to go steaming in with scotchbrite pads is scary. Try reading this :

http://www.coastal.ca.gov/nps/in-wat...-3-14-2012.pdf

You're supposed to be cleaning most paints with soft carpet.
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Re: new bottom cleaning kit

Sorry, this will be underwater. Basing the scotchbrites on what I have seen used to clean bottoms by pros who do them now. they come in many grits, from soft to ultra heavy duty.

suction device sounds great!!! thank you.
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Re: new bottom cleaning kit

You will likely want a hooka or scuba tanks. But hooka is likely easier. You w ill want to make sure you are up to date on the regulations in your area. Yet are more likely to come after a new operator.

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You will likely want a hooka or scuba tanks. But hooka is likely easier. You w ill want to make sure you are up to date on the regulations in your area. Yet are more likely to come after a new operator.

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Going with tanks. Hooka is far too costly. I will plan to buy at least 4 tanks. Eventually we will get a dive compressor for our own use.
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Re: new bottom cleaning kit

I would suggest that four tanks, each requiring VIP and hydro certifications, and having them filled someplace, and commuting to get the fills, and the inevitable "Oh, your tank isn't ready, can you come back Tuesday?" are going to cost way more than a hookah will. And a small dive compressor chews through consumables, like filters, making it more expensive than shop fills. Just make sure you have considered everything when you run your numbers, especially those "consumables" and extra trips because the tanks weren't filled.

Cheapest source for ScotchBrite used to be from janitorial supply houses. They sell it for floor scrubbing machines in large discs (wheels) that are way cheaper than the small pads you buy elsewhere. But using ScotchBrite for bottom cleaning is getting slammed everywhere, even in Practical Sailor this month.
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I would suggest that four tanks, each requiring VIP and hydro certifications, and having them filled someplace, and commuting to get the fills, and the inevitable "Oh, your tank isn't ready, can you come back Tuesday?" are going to cost way more than a hookah will. And a small dive compressor chews through consumables, like filters, making it more expensive than shop fills. Just make sure you have considered everything when you run your numbers, especially those "consumables" and extra trips because the tanks weren't filled.

Cheapest source for ScotchBrite used to be from janitorial supply houses. They sell it for floor scrubbing machines in large discs (wheels) that are way cheaper than the small pads you buy elsewhere. But using ScotchBrite for bottom cleaning is getting slammed everywhere, even in Practical Sailor this month.
I am finding AL80's for $35 each, plus hydros and vip and fill for $30. after that my dive shop fills them the same day. $5 each. We will not use the compressor until we are far from America.
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