Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-08-2009, 15:49   #1
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grenada
Boat: Shorebro,Royal 33 - Aloisius
Posts: 927
Cleaning Inflatable Dinghy with Barnacles


I am trying to clean my dinghy of the barnacles that it has on it. The dinghy is either being towed or in a dinghy dock. It is never out of the water.

We are no on the hard and I have scrapped the hard surface of the dinghy and cleaned it with Up & Down. It has worked wonderful!

The soft tubes have been lightly scraped and under each barnacle it seems to have pulled off a little rubber. What can I use the clean the dinghy tubes with and should I worry about the removal of material.

Lastly, how do you keep it clean????
__________________

__________________
landonshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2009, 16:29   #2
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
Branacle shells are made of calcium. Vinegar does the job because it is acidic. Stronger acids may damage the fabric.

If you keep the dink in the water full time perhaps give it some anti-foul?
__________________

__________________
barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2009, 18:34   #3
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Cruising NC, FL, Bahamas, TCI & VIs
Boat: 1964 Pearson Ariel 'Faith' / Pearson 424, sv Emerald Tide
Posts: 1,531
Vinegar with a splash of dish soap woks wonders. The dish soap just suspends the vinegar and helps break up the mess that breaking them off attracts.

I would visit a beach where I could flip the dink over and use sand to rub the vinegar into the bits of shell that did not want to let go. A good half wrotten bit of wood helps too.
__________________
s/v 'Faith' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2009, 19:03   #4
Registered User
 
speciald@ocens.'s Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: On the boat - Carib, Chesapeake
Boat: 58 Taswell AS
Posts: 1,139
Any dilute acid solution will work as the Hypalon should not be affected by the acid. That's why workers wear rubber gloves when working with acids.
__________________
speciald@ocens. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2009, 19:29   #5
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,583
Images: 240
Plastic Scraper
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2009, 20:25   #6
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grenada
Boat: Shorebro,Royal 33 - Aloisius
Posts: 927
Is there something that I can repair where the plastic that was scraped off? Under the old barnacles?
__________________
landonshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-08-2009, 10:23   #7
Senior Cruiser
 
senormechanico's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2003
Boat: Dragonfly 1000 trimaran
Posts: 5,830
Muriatic acid..Spray or slosh on, wait ten minutes and hose off. It dissolves the stuff into a goo similar to guacamole.


Steve B.
__________________
senormechanico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-08-2009, 10:46   #8
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grenada
Boat: Shorebro,Royal 33 - Aloisius
Posts: 927
I went to the maine store to buy some muriatic acid and it ws 38%. Do you dilute it first? or pour on and then rinse off. As previously said it will not hurt the plastic?

Do you know of anything to fix the small parts where I scrapped off the barnacles from the tube? Seems like a very small coat of rubber came off as the barnacle came off. I may want to fix that before I pour the acid on, it may hurt what is left?

Any ideas.
__________________
landonshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-09-2009, 09:10   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 17
you can get 100% muriatic acid from a pool store for much cheaper then a marine store
__________________
pacmaann2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-09-2009, 09:43   #10
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grenada
Boat: Shorebro,Royal 33 - Aloisius
Posts: 927
Thank you I will look into that. What do they use it with pools for?
__________________
landonshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-09-2009, 10:02   #11
Senior Cruiser
 
Sailmonkey's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Houston
Boat: '76 Allied Seawind II, 32'
Posts: 5,780
Hypalon or PVC

What are the tubes made of? Hypalon or PVC......either one of these tubes are usually made of several layers of rubber and nylon cloth, hypalon being far tougher. I would wory more about damaging the pvc, but in either case the acid should have no effect on the cloth below the outer coating of rubber.
__________________
Sailmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-09-2009, 10:38   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 559
as far as fixing the material you pulled off you'd best to go to the orig. mfg and get their input. there is a rubber coating that is sold for the old material pvc or hypalon it is sold in quart cans i beleive just go on lie query it also i use ez on ez off to clean my dink rubber gloves a must. i use a spray bottle (NOT ON WINDY DAYS IT WILL GO DOWN YOUR LUNGS AND WILL BURN YOUR EYES AND SKIN) spray on leave a little while then scrub and rinse off
__________________
mike d. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-09-2009, 06:25   #13
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grenada
Boat: Shorebro,Royal 33 - Aloisius
Posts: 927
I ended up buying some dinghy rubber repair paint, not sure of the name, at the local marina, Grenada, painted it on and all looks good. I will start cleaning MUCH more often. Today going to a beach and use Up & Down on the bottom and rinse well. It has been a month in the water and is getting signs of green growth.
__________________
landonshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-09-2009, 21:09   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Nanaimo, BC
Boat: C&C 41
Posts: 346
If you are going to leave it in the water, clean and paint with dingy antifoulding. It lasts about a year.
__________________
Rex Delay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-11-2009, 11:27   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: St Thomas liveaboard
Boat: vitage 440, 44', Silver Moon
Posts: 3
Others may not like this, but for ongoing maintenance in the water I use a large tarp, stretch it underneath the entire dinghy bringing it up all around....it forms an envelope underneath the dink. Then pour a gallon of bleach into that, go have a cpl of cool ones, remove the tarp and voila, your bottom is cleaned.
__________________

__________________
cap'n bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
barnacles

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning inflatable easterly Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 20 08-02-2014 12:54
For Sale: Avon Inflatable Dinghy w/ Evinrude 6HP Safari Tu Classifieds Archive 5 21-08-2009 10:51
Barnacles irwin28 General Sailing Forum 6 07-07-2009 15:37
Saturn 11' Inflatable Dinghy FOR SALE jcmcdowell Classifieds Archive 2 23-03-2009 06:20
Dinghy Cleaning Help SailWiz Construction, Maintenance & Refit 12 06-01-2006 05:47



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:15.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.