I recently wanted to clean my dinghy
. I didn't really care if it was clean I just wanted the dirt off so I could apply protectant to it. Soap didn't work
and since I was going to have to order a cleaner researched it. Turns out there wasn't a lot of info on dinghy
and the closest I found was an old Practical Sailor article. So I'll do a thread post for other people looking and it can grow etc. into maybe a useful thing.
- I tried boat
soap, the dirt laughed at it.
- I tried acetone and mineral spirits, they work
but I just didn't think that was good for the dinghy and only used to clean the area for registration
- I had a bunch of magic erasers. They worked but now I only have 1 left and only managed to clean 5% of the boat
as they fall apart too fast.
Finally I got some Amazon Dinghy Cleaner. I don't know what's in it and it didn't have any directions on it (so wear gloves). Spraying it on and letting to sit a minute then scrubbing with a pad and using a hand brush it clesner the dinghy pretty good. By that I mean it wasn't a lot of hard work, didn't seem to hurt the dinghy, didn't take the new numbers off, and did a good job of cleaning
9 months of full time cruising dirt off. I still have 1/2 the bottle and it also seems to clean fiberglass