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04-29-2013 08:01 AM
SHNOOL
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

I've pressure washed the decks of my boat twice. Once when I bought it from a nice man who had a blue tarp disintegrate above it... and little bits of plastic stuck to various parts of the deck.

The next time I did was to remove the ablative dust that was all over it after the bottom job. The blue grime ground into the deck. Although, my layup is coremat, not balsa.

The decks are 10-15 years old of perfection, or awlgrip (yes decks), not sure how they did the nonskid. So there is NO shine left, and it's on my long term list to fix.

Pressure washing the bottom is FINE for us freshwater folk.... with hard bottom, but completely unnecessary if you just brush the bottom as it comes out (still wet), and a wide tip spray head (lower pressure) works wonders immediately after that brushing.
04-29-2013 07:50 AM
dvuyxx
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

I don't see the problem with judiciously using a pressure washer. Unless you are Amish why is this so offensive?
04-29-2013 06:00 AM
KeelHaulin
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

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Originally Posted by SchockT View Post
I use a pressure washer on my boat, but it is not a high pressure gas unit that could take your fingers off, it is a little Karcher electric unit. It does a great job of taking a winter's worth of green slime off the decks. I am very careful not to direct it at deck fittings where there is a danger I could force water under them, although I doubt it could do any harm to properly bedded fittings. I just use it for the larger surfaces, and then I go at the nooks and crannies with brushes.
I do EXACTLY the same thing, with a Karcher also. The small electric pressure washer does wonders at getting that black stuff (mildew?) off of the decks. I've scrubbed and scrubbed that stuff with various brushes and it will not come off even with deck cleaners that contain bleach. One pass with the pressure washer and it's gone. I really doubt that water can be forced through 3 layers of FRP and a layer of gelcoat. It -might- penetrate your skin if you spray your foot with it; so watch your toes if you are barefoot! If your deck leaks at the fittings; they are not bedded properly and any water on the deck will go through via capillary action (no pressure required).
04-29-2013 04:32 AM
SchockT
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

I use a pressure washer on my boat, but it is not a high pressure gas unit that could take your fingers off, it is a little Karcher electric unit. It does a great job of taking a winter's worth of green slime off the decks. I am very careful not to direct it at deck fittings where there is a danger I could force water under them, although I doubt it could do any harm to properly bedded fittings. I just use it for the larger surfaces, and then I go at the nooks and crannies with brushes.

As for the bottom, I see no harm in using a good pressure washer to clean the slime off when I haul out, in fact I find that is just about all I need to do in the way of prep before a fresh coat of antifouling. (assuming there are no barnacles or mussels of course!)
04-28-2013 10:53 PM
manhattan08
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

I recommend the use of diluted bleach. It works wonders.
04-28-2013 10:38 PM
Markwesti
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

The longer you own a boat in a marina, the longer your list of crazy stuff you see gets !
I have been renting a slip for over 30 yrs'. I have a long list .
04-28-2013 10:12 PM
SimonV
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

The wife spot cleans the deck with Jiff cream cleanser, I do the brown stain at the bow with weak Oxalic acid. Wax, I don't even wax the car, mind you I would have to wash it first...and that isn't happening.
04-28-2013 05:18 PM
ArcherBowman
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

I power wash. 5 months in the Tennessee River = 1.5 inches of East Tennessee "Ew." But that's the hull, not the deck, and I've only got one thru-hull to be concerned with.
04-20-2013 09:58 AM
DonScribner
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

You're supposed to WASH your boat????
04-19-2013 04:57 PM
zeehag
Re: The number one way to wreck your boat

rodlmao....the number one best way to destroy a decent boat is over-maintain it...lol and do not sail it. ever. sailing it might just wreck it....

ok so it is time to set the gps and return to sleep. not that this isnt a huge way to lose your boat--even more common than you believe.
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