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Old 02-06-2014, 18:42   #31
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Re: first official day on my first boat... Cleaning..

Doesn't vinigar and bleach leave it's own smell?
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Old 02-06-2014, 18:48   #32
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Re: first official day on my first boat... Cleaning..

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Doesn't vinigar and bleach leave it's own smell?


No. Vinegar dissipates quite quickly - as Crabby states, it's useful stuff and readily replaces about 75% of other cleaning products one could buy. Also good on Fish&Chips! (try that with Draino!)
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Re: first official day on my first boat... Cleaning..

My advice is to stay away from bleach. It's too harsh, it stinks, and it doesn't work as well as white vinegar. White vinegar will work for a whole season with one application--at least it did for us in the tropics. The smell is gone in a couple of hours.
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Re: first official day on my first boat... Cleaning..

Scarlet, I too am glad to hear that you are moving forward in the pursuit of your dream by starting out with a small boat - it will be time and money well spent.

I am absolutely in agreement with those who recommend vinegar for dealing with mold. In addition, in a small boat you should be able to keep it mold free in-season with some ventilation - depending upon how small the boat is, a solar vent may even do the trick during the week. Leave cupboards ajar and if it has an icebox, clean it out and leave it open when away from the boat.

To reduce the tracking of dirt onto and into the boat I would recommend:

1. a sisal or equivalent mat on the dock.
2. a removable mat on the deck where you step aboard.
3. a plastic cockpit grate, as you suggest (that's why so many yachts had teak grates on the cockpit sole in years past).
4. some removable carpet for the cabin sole, as you suggest (just make sure it is cut to fit and is rubber backed).
5. in the mornings, keep a chamois on board and then go around the deck in your bare feet to remove all dew. Don't let anyone on deck afterwards until it has finished air-drying.

The hard work will be worth it, so enjoy!!!

Brad

P.S. In the past I had expressed to you my preference for very light grey or tan non-skid. Apart from reducing glare, I suspect you have already found out the reason for that preference!
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