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Old 18-02-2018, 04:54   #46
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Small shop vac,also use it on my multi tool and sander and for blowing out lines pre winter storage. Cheap and effective.
I wouldn’t use a “used” shop vac for blowing out fresh water lines, unless it’s dedicated for clean blowing jobs. The inside chamber of a vacuum is a breeding place for every imaginable germ; and when you blow, that’s where the air leaves from.

I use a low pressure high volume dinghy inflation pump.

PS - if you want to sterilize your water lines, “shock” your system with a chlorine bleach solution and let it sit a few hours before you clear it out. Google it - use one cup plain household bleach for 10 gallons water, let sit for 8-12 hours.
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Old 18-02-2018, 06:13   #47
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I have a B&D cordless hand vac that has proven not only bullet proof, but the battery has lasted 5 years and is still going strong. I can run around the boat and vacuum the whole thing super quick, then it will charge off my inverter. Any bigger vacuum would be impractical and in fact less useful on a 40' boat. I had expected to only get a couple of years from it. Dunno what I'll replace it with when it dies but certainly same form factor.

I also have a mini shop vac that keep for construction projects or heavy cleaning, but it's super loud and being corded, it's a pain for regular vacuuming.
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Old 18-02-2018, 06:37   #48
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I also only use 110v corded. I first had a rechargeable but unless I left it charging all the time (which is tough on the boat batteries), it was ALWAYS dead when I need it. And the 12v are just not powerful enough compared to the 110v.

A cord is really not a problem on a boat as they are long enough to reach the entire cabin without changing plugs.

The most important criterion is that it get into tight corners well. Boats don't have big square rooms that most vacuums are built for. And also make sure it has some soft bumper material to not scratch the woodwork. Finally, some cheap vacuums are so noisy that it's really miserable to use them.

I actually have three now. They last forever. The oldest is about 15 years old.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Very powerful and quiet. For cushions, the cockpit, and steps/ladders. The spinning brush get's stuff out of crevices and the pull-out hose has enough suction to lift dropped screws. This was my only vacuum for years and would still be my choice if I had to pick one.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is best for general cleaning if you have a large cabin. Note the small hose and crevice tool to get into the corners. I got this when I got a pilothouse boat that has a lot more sole than my old sailboat.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I rarely use this for water as a rag is easier. But it is great to clear clogged scupper drains and where there's crud that I don't want in the other vacuums. And the accessory kit is useful to blow air to clean laptops keyboards and to blow sanding dust off before varnishing.
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Old 18-02-2018, 06:48   #49
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

I've been using a small shop-vac, like 2 gal,I think, during my refit. Planned to use that on the boat afterwards, until I saw the Micro size. Now the Micro is on my shopping list when the time is ready.
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Old 18-02-2018, 11:29   #50
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

[QUOTE= Mini shop vac, about the size of a gallon of milk+. Anything cordless doesn't last until finally it wont work unless you leave it plugged in 24/7. QUOTE]

A couple of years ago I would have agreed that the cordless vacs are nearly worthless. Then I bought a Ryobi hand held cordless vacuum with an 18v lithium battery. It will stay charged for several weeks. I've got a 3 gallon shop vac onboard also, but I rarely use it It's too much trouble to dig it out and run an extension cord, etc. If I had only one or the other, I would definitely keep the Ryobi.
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Old 18-02-2018, 11:45   #51
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Dyson V6 and V7 are on Groupon for $189.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

I, and a few friends, have had these:

https://www.amazon.com/Armor-Gallon-..._89%3AArmorAll

They are inexpensive and work great.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

Ex wife had a large German Shepherd and I without doubt this dog would vacuome up anything the moment it hit the deck.
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Ex wife had a large German Shepherd and I without doubt this dog would vacuome up anything the moment it hit the deck.
Our dog is our best food cleaner, but she produces or carries in pump-clogging levels of hair and dirt.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

I as well use the cordless Ryobi hand held 18 volt vacuum.
Is great and use same batteries, which I charge on board from their 12 volt charger,
for fan, drill, radio, light, palm sander that live on board and other at home
like larger wet vac., grinder, small circular saw and others...
Bought because inexpensive and considered throw away tools for boat.
But good service and no problems except have to buy new batteries now and then.
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Old 18-02-2018, 20:44   #57
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

A central vacuum cannot be beat...I have had this dirt devil model for RVs in three sailboats.....
https://www.amazon.com/Products-9880...central+vacuum

It is small, mounts anywhere, we prefer a corner under the salon settee, and has unbelievable suction. Runs on 110v, but very low power consumption.
Hose is 50’ expandable, so good until the boat gets over 100’......not a problem!!!
I use it everywhere, in cockpit for sand pickup, on salon rugs, furnishings, etc. Excellent attachments and quality.....
Only downside, it is not a wet vac...only dry.....
Everyone who has seen ours in use buys one....catamaran friends bought two....one for each hull....
You no longer have to store bulky vacuums....so quick and easy to use.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

I used to have the 18v Milwaukee vac. for the boat. https://www.milwaukeetools.com.au/po...rdless/m18cv-0
Wife discovered how well it worked to sweep the hardwood floors in our house and now I can't get it back from her. It pulls a serious vacuum that runs rings around our old Electrolux battery vacuum. Milwaukee also makes a wet/dry 18v vacuum.

Bought Milwaukee's 12v vacuum for to replace the 18v vac. on the boat. It works but isn't nearly as powerful though lighter and less fatiguing to use. I have a couple of 12v Milwaukee tools so had the batteries to run it so bought a bare tools without batteries or charger because it was cheaper.
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Karcher shop vac. Cheap and powerful. Run by portable generator. Great for sucking crap out of bilges. Sucks better than a really expensive Festool.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

I just bought one of these Bissell bagless "Zing":
https://www.bissell.com/zing-bagless...er-vacuum-6489
Plenty of suction and easy to store.
Got it at Lowe's for about $50.00....
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