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This is how I do the cleaning under the waterline. The ship is hauled ashore on a trolley. Then flush it with pressurized water. All the barnacles come off as well as loose painting, which I need to remove anyway before applying a new layer of antifouling


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Damn... a marine slipway... I haven't seen one of those in a while... not in actual operation anyways...

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We can't get away with that in Washington State anymore. Any water that comes off the boat after a pressure wash is supposed to go to a catch basin to settle out and then be recirculated. Matter of fact, I'm pretty sure bottom scrubbing and causing any discoloration to the water can get you a fine here too.

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I'm pretty sure bottom scrubbing and causing any discoloration to the water can get you a fine here too.
Washington has banned the in-water cleaning of hulls with painted ablative paints. Other types are still OK to clean.
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Whatever happened to the good old days of Navy surplus bottom paint...Loaded with red lead and arsenic, nothing hardly ever grew on the bottom of your boat...
Of course, nothing lived around your boat for 100' or so..

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The two facts might be a hint to why you can't find it any more.
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Whatever happened to the good old days of Navy surplus bottom paint...Loaded with red lead and arsenic, nothing hardly ever grew on the bottom of your boat...
Of course, nothing lived around your boat for 100' or so..

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you could make a decent boat brush out of the home depot catalog...

required materials
16 ft of 2" plastic pipe
can of pipe glue
one or two - 2" plastic pipe elbows (depending on boat hull)
one 2" plastic pipe "tee"
3- 2" plastic pipe end caps
3 cans of spray foam
tie wraps
1- astro-turf floor mat
hacksaw and at least a six-pack of your favorite beverage

I'm going to assume you know how to glue plastic pipe
cut 2 pieces of the pipe 16" long
put one end cap on each piece fill with foam, attach each piece to the "tee". again, fill with foam.
cut another piece approx. 36 inches long (this will depend on how wide your boat is) place into "tee", fill with foam.

depending on your dock space and the design of your hull, you'll either use one or two 45 degree elbows.

finish off the handle, and fill with foam.

cut and wrap the astro-turf around the business end and tie wrap in place.

The foam will give it some "upward" pressure, so you lazy or crippled twits can get decent results.


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I don't see where the six-pack comes in...unless it is for mental lubrication during the assembly process. Hint...leave the bulk of it for afterwards or your brush may be assembled somewhat incorrectly.

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if you have more than say... a 40, it'll end up looking like this

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Whatever happened to the good old days of Navy surplus bottom paint...Loaded with red lead and arsenic, nothing hardly ever grew on the bottom of your boat...
Of course, nothing lived around your boat for 100' or so..
I heard a San Diego boatyard manager say that he could walk past a boat painted with tin and feel it on his skin.

I also heard an anecdote from the owner of a dive company down there who said when a particular large powerboat would come back from Mexico, all the barnacles on the pilings near its berth would die. Hmmmmmm...
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