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Cleaning mooring pennants?

Hello,

After a long season in service, my Yale Maximoor 2 pennants are fouled with sea lettuce, hairy brown stuff, mussels, etc.

Anyone have a good solution to GENTLY cleaning these? My best guess is the lowest setting on a pressure washer.

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Re: Cleaning mooring pennants?

Put them in the washing machine. Your wife will love you for it.

Seriously, just mild pressure wash so you can inspect them, maybe a soft scrub brush to help things along. The stuff will just grow back next spring.

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Re: Cleaning mooring pennants?

I'd guess that they are pretty much the same as our snub lines, except that the creatures are a bit different.
We chuck the snub lines (1" X 30' nylon three strand) in a bucket of fresh water with a couple of cups of bleach. We let it sit a day or two then pull them out and scrub with a hard bristle brush. This cleans deep down into the lay of the line.
Not exactly gentle, but I can't see any harm from doing it this way. After all the snubs resist chafing on the chocks, so I don't see a bit of scrubbing with a hard bristle brush as being a problem.

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Our own interviews with technical representatives from major rope manufacturers Bluewater Ropes, New England Ropes, Samson Cordage, and Yale Cordage on this topic yielded uniformly conservative guidance. These makers have all faced claims of rope failure resulting from poor cleaning methods. They all recommend some cleaning, but they generally suggested this should be limited to a freshwater rinse.
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Bleach is not recommended by any manufacturer in any quantity. Every manufacturer has faced claims of rope failure or splice failure caused by a bleach overdose. Extended soaking in bleach solutions must be avoided.
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Bleach is very bad (again). This one is worth repeating. Each spring, riggers are asked to re-do splices that have come loose after bleach ate the stitching and whippings that secured the splices. Without a few key stitches, a splice will be milked apart in 30 minutes of agitation.
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Re: Cleaning mooring pennants?

I clean the mooring pennants with a small stiff household brush. Mine stays pretty clean during the season. I try and clean those on moorings I "borrow" when cruising for a day or two as payment for using them if they are really fouled.
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