Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 24-08-2010, 22:30   #1
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,249
Cleaning the Boat on the Hook

Here's one for all you cruisers who live on the hook and avoid marinas like the plague. How do you keep the boat clean?

Do you pull into a marina on occasion and pay their ridiculous daily rate for use of dock water?

Do you blow your water supply and then do a fuel stop so you can refill the tanks?

Or do you just schedule baths for rain days?

I'm kind of liking option 3, after doing it even at a dock. Less work that way, since you don't have to rinse. Next time it rains I think I'll wax.

off-the-grid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-08-2010, 23:25   #2
Senior Cruiser
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Teak decks prefer salt water; easy solution. Canvas bucket.

rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2010, 02:04   #3
Senior Cruiser
Minggat's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Hawaii, South Pacific bound
Boat: Islander 36
Posts: 1,196
I got one of those small pressure washers. About the size of a lunch sized cooler. Wash down the big chunks with salt water and do the rinsing with this sucker. Uses a lot less water and does it well. I stole the idea, so I'm not the only one. Several boats I know use them. You don't want a high pressure model anyway. But this thing puts out plenty of pressure and cleans things that are hard to get clean otherwise.
Minggat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2010, 02:21   #4
Registered User
matauwhi's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Boat: Mason 53
Posts: 636
G'day, mate. Use the watermaker to supplement catching rain off the deck. UV lights and filters to treat the water. Always give the gear, stainless, varnish and topsides a good freshwater rinse after a good sail to help prolong their life and luster, with plenty left over for a shower everyday. Its tough to maintain the joy of the lifestyle long term if you're always in "camp" mode if you know what I mean. Cheers.
matauwhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2010, 03:13   #5
Hudson Force's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Living aboard & cruising since 1972
Boat: Morgan OI 413 1973 - Aythya
Posts: 7,043
Images: 1
While at anchor we enjoy the fresh water rinse with the rains. We scrub the deck and bathe in the showers in our warm climate anchorages. We also keep a cache of collected rainwater that we use for salty windscreen wipes between the rains. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Hudson Force is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2010, 06:08   #6
Senior Cruiser
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 6,819
The boat does not get very dirty when at anchor in the Bahamas. There's salt on it but hopefully a rain squall will wash it off eventually. It does get black stuff over it while in Miami waiting to cross (they say it's fuel from the planes as we seem to anchor in the path to the airport.) Crossing the gulf stream washes this off. A bucket of water does fine to clean the stainless and a squirt bottle does the glass on the dodger. Fish blood comes off with a salt water sloshing. The cockpit floor seems to collect a bit of dirt but a few buckets of salt water takes care of that.
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
Vasco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2010, 07:28   #7
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,249
Vasco - I think you hit the nail on the head. On the hook, depending on your location, all you usually seem to need for the most part is an occasional salt rinse. It's in the slip and especially in the yard where the boat seems to get filthy. Good...that means more fresh water for rinsing dive gear.
off-the-grid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2010, 07:36   #8
Registered User
Janice's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Cruising the Caribbean
Boat: Tayana 37 "SAILACIOUS"
Posts: 201
Images: 3
We have a wash down pump installed with a hose fitting on the foredeck. We use this to wash the decks and anchor chain. The only thing I rinse with fresh water is the teak if I am putting on another coat of Cabots.

We fill the water tanks via
1) watermaker (only when running engine - i.e. in and out of harbors)
2) jugging it from shore
3) catching rain water
Janice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2010, 08:17   #9
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 16,468
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
i do not use fresh water on my topsides. i have glass over wood, most of this wood is teak, some still phillipine mahogany, but not much of that exists on here anymore--i wash my boat with buckets of salt water from under my boat--when i am cruising, i dont worry about the decking , as i dont want to fall on a slick deck. there is only a lot of dirt where boats are imprisoned--marinas, moorings, city anchorages all have a lot of dirt coming into boats. boats dont care if the water washing them is salt or fresh, unless there is teak wood involved in quantity--then should wash in salt, as fresh tends to rot teakwood. i use oil after my salt water dries, and only once per year, but then i have an older boat that looks so much better without that new boat shine.....
zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2010, 14:40   #10
Eternal Member
capt_douglas's Avatar

Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Boat: Vancouver 36 cutter????
Posts: 620
Send a message via Skype™ to capt_douglas
Exterior: I wait for rain or when I come to the dock to fuel up (and fill the water tanks if I'm low).

Interior: I make sure the salt stays in the cockpit. I use a spray bottle to wash the bottoms of my feet. I try to make sure I'm not dripping salt water. I also use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down the cabin sole, ladder, and other surfaces on a regular basis.

Capt. Douglas Abbott
USCG/MCA IV/M.I./C.I. 500-ton Oceans
capt_douglas is offline   Reply With Quote

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
iPod Hook-up for Stereo? ejg Fishing, Recreation & Fun 9 23-06-2009 18:53
Portable Generator Hook-up Sergy Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 3 07-05-2009 12:45
Riding out Ike on the hook knottybuoyz Seamanship & Boat Handling 6 18-09-2008 11:58
Where's the hook? knottybuoyz Off Topic Forum 10 17-03-2007 13:42
sailing on the hook capt lar Monohull Sailboats 62 05-07-2006 18:11

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 19:16.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.