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Old 01-06-2010, 14:40   #1
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Help With Vacuum Cleaners

We have tried a number of different vacuum cleaners, and we have worn out another!!!!!!!! We have lots of dog hair, so we know that is the big problem.
So does anyone have any suggestions for a boat/user friendly vacuum cleaner

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Old 01-06-2010, 14:45   #2
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We use the wet/dry brand stinger. It's small yet powerful.Great for blowing up the dink..For small jobs and daily cleaning, we have a Black & Decker 12volt car vac......looks like a dust buster

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FYI, the Stinger has been rebranded as Husky but it's still available at for $19.88. Thanks for the tip, I'm going to order one today. I have a little Hoover space saver, but it is not doing crap to pick up the sawdust and metal shavings.
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Old 01-06-2010, 16:17   #4
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If you have 120 vac available - go ShopVac. I used a small one, about a four gallon size, for twelve years before it died. It sucked up dirt, soapy fresh water, and some sea water for that time without a hitch. I used it after washing down the engine room to suck up bits of water that did not drain away. The new ShopVac is even better. It has a disposable filter bag that will be a big help catching the soot from periodic cleaning of the Webasto heater's burner chamber. They cost about $40.
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For 120V I have used Shopvac and the same size Sears Craftsman bot are excellent. Both have wet/dry capability
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We use a 110V hand vacuum from Black & Decker. I like the Shop Vac performance, but not enough to devote the space. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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For 110v I love the Eureka 71B. Seems more powerful than many full size vacuums. A long cord and small size makes it very easy to maneuver in a boat. The rotating brush is powered. It's fantastic on cushions. A short hose pulls out to get into corners. Eureka 71B Hand-Held Vacuum: Home & Garden

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We are using a 1 gallon shop vac and run it from the inverter. It is small enough to stow easily and has reasonable power. We have carpet in the boat and to get the dog hair up Lynn uses a hands and knees stance she calls the rake and scrape. Using one of those thin wire bristle dog bushed, she sort of combs the carpet to loosen the hair and then vacuums it up.

I bigger, more powerful unit with brushes would be great but there is only so much room on the boat.


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