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Old 17-02-2018, 06:56   #1
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Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

What kind of boat vacuum do you have? How much for it and how about a link. Was thinking about this one but it's pricey!!! Boat Vac
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Old 17-02-2018, 07:31   #2
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I have my eye on the DeWalt corded cordless.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-2...4aApwfEALw_wcB
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

i use nothing says boat on it.... btw-- unable to open your linky.
i use a dirt devil upright . uses 120 v and is adequate for cleaning boat. for anchoring i clean by hand..washing flloor instead of vacuuming. for heavy jobs, invertors usually work if enough wattage
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

When I bought my boat, and before I brought it home, I picked up a corded "stick" handheld vacuum at WalMart. At the time it was under $25, and I figured it would last until I could get a "good" one.

Four years later, I still use it ALL the time! It runs great off the inverter. I bought another one to keep in the front room of my house for quick clean-up of tracked-in dirt and debris. I do have a shop vac on board, but the stick is the go-to for most things.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

We use a damp paper towel.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

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.
No handheld car vacs etc, useless. The mini shop vac is powerful. and works well, although the designers need a lesson in ergonomics!
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

We bought this when still land dwellers due to one dog and two cats: Dyson Animal Cord Free Vacuum.

We now live aboard with, yep, one dog and two cats and the vac still works great. Never knew a Black Lab could shed so much. Why isn't he bald???

Pricey for boating but we already owned it so why not bring it with us!
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I use a small a/c vac, not much luck with cordless
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Years ago I put some Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Ryobi screw guns with a bunch of fully charged batteries in a container in a parking lot at the Phoenecian Resort in Scottsdale at the end of phase 1 of a renovation I was superintendent of. Six months later I took them out and me and my assistants began assembling some things we needed before the crew started arriving. The Ryobi batteries operated for several hours, the others went dead on the first couple of screws. So years later when we were getting ready to leave on Mana my son, who was one of my assistants in Scottsdale, went to Home Depot with me to pick a battery powered system for our trip. He reminded me of that incident, and because of their price and huge variety of tools I opted for them. I built our nesting, sailing dinghy at docks and on beaches with them, and have a bunch of tools now. Their vacuum and led lights we used all the time when we were cruising and they worked flawlessly.
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I bought the Dyson from Costco.Not cheap but a reliable cordless. I also use a small 12 gallon shop vac for the engine rooms, I have twin engine cat.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

We use a Shop-Vac clone with a very long (20 foot) hose and a remote control button at the end. It allows us to leave the motor and bucket part in the middle of the boat and vacuum either end. It's the sort of thing you can do on a full keeler.

On our 33 footer, I had a one-gallon (smallish) Shop-Vac and a cordless dustbuster. I'm keen on the Shop-Vac types because I have yet to find a useful dustbuster. Maybe the Dysons are good, but I can buy three huge Shop-Vacs for the price of one of those.

Also, no carpeting below decks.
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We bought a dyson two years ago from Groupon and now most of our dock mates borrow it. Had to tell them to get their own. Lol
Groupon has them for $199 factory refurbished.
Small shop vac for deck and bilge.
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Second the mini Shop Vac, plugged into shore power or the inverter, it will empty the bilge faster than pumping, put the filter back in and your cleaning, put the hose on the exhaust port and you have an inflator. We use ours to inflate the dingy. Takes up less room than a five gallon bucket.
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Re: Favorite boat vacuum cleaner

We have the one-gallon shop vac but the combination of short power cord and long tangly hose always pisses me off. Still, it does the best job so it has a home here. For spills or everyday stuff I just bought a Dirt Devil Total Power Pet Vac (cordless) at Home Depot for $49.

I'm hoping that between the two I'll be able to keep up with living and working aboard.
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