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The number one way to wreck your boat

The average sailor has nightmares of lee shores, being run down at night by a freighter, and freak storm's.

In reality the most damage done to the average boat is by lack of proper maintenance. I hate this time of year when my usually quiet marina turns into pressure washer hell. All the people who have ignored their boats for the last 8 months come down and fire up those horrible gas powered beasts. Shooting a high powered water jet at your decks is the number one cause of rotted cores. Please give us all a break and just wash the damn thing by hand.

tip of the day, using dish soap to wash your boat takes off 100% of the wax you applied last week.

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tip of the day, using dish soap to wash your boat takes off 100% of the wax you applied last week.
But it does a great job taking off the oxidized wax that you put on last season!
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Imar boat soap will preserve the wax.

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Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

I'm surprised by the use of pressure washers I'm seeing. It Seems like a bad idea to me. I even had it recommended to clean my bottom and my bottom only needs a gentle wipe.

I've been taught which soft pad to use for which growth, to preserve the most paint. I don't see how a pressure washer will do that. Maybe that's why people think they have to repaint their bottom's all the time.

I'm a hands on knees guy myself.
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You need to wax the boat ???

I don't even like to wax my wife's Mini let alone a boat, way too much work

Clorox cleanup, raise and be done.
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Yeah, my bottom is sensative as well. Soft washcloth and dial soap.
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Carwash soap works well and is gentle. Dirtbike wash if heavily soiled. Use soft bristle brush as to not scratch gel coat. Got bad knees so can do most of it standing up. Hard dirt use wet rag with soap and lay on area and let sit for awhile before rubbing. Non pressurized hose sufficient for bottom if good paint on it. Use plastic scraper on barnacles. Use plastic pot scrubber on prop so it's not scratched. Then buff with jeweler's compound ( have cheap source). Mirror surface decreases growth.

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You need to wax the boat ???

I don't even like to wax my wife
My wife would never ask me to wax her.
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My wife wont let me wax her. :-(
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Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

Wax? Heh, heh.

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