Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-06-2018, 05:48   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: San Blas, Panama
Boat: Albin Vega 27
Posts: 367
Keeping things clean when it never rains

I was presented with a problem in Bonaire that I haven't faced elsewhere: dust, and lots of it.

It literally never rains here, so anything that is out gets a nice coating of dust, as the trade winds are always blowing hard, and Bonaire is a desert island.

I've been using salt water to keep the deck clean, but this is ultimately probably a bad practice, and my guess is, if it didn't drive me crazy, that the boat would be better off with a protective coat of dirt, than rinsed with salt water constantly.

What creative strategies have you guys employed when fresh water is scarce to keep things clean? I can use small amounts of fresh water, but not gallons.
__________________

__________________
Sailing S/V Tarka for Coral Reefs.
www.theadventuresoftarka.com
Ryban is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 06:17   #2
Registered User
 
Cavalier's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Boat: Beneteau 461 47'
Posts: 926
Images: 1
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryban View Post
I was presented with a problem in Bonaire that I haven't faced elsewhere: dust, and lots of it.



It literally never rains here, so anything that is out gets a nice coating of dust, as the trade winds are always blowing hard, and Bonaire is a desert island.

I've been using salt water to keep the deck clean, but this is ultimately probably a bad practice, and my guess is, if it didn't drive me crazy, that the boat would be better off with a protective coat of dirt, than rinsed with salt water constantly.



What creative strategies have you guys employed when fresh water is scarce to keep things clean? I can use small amounts of fresh water, but not gallons.


I installed a sea-water washdown pump in the back of the anchor locker. The feed is from a thru-hull in the galley, and thr output is a stainless quick-release connector in top of the anchor locker. A switch/fuse connects it into the supply for the windlass.



I connect a hose pipe into this and I can wash down the entire deck as much as I wish (Solar depending).



1-1.5 buckets of fresh water, selectively splooshed, and a deck brush gets rid of most of the salt water before it dries.



If you keep the deck (in my case, antiskid) well protected (with woody wax or whatever your poison) then I wouldn't stress about the salt too much. A wipe-down with a camp cloth of the stainless rails and other items will keep the excess salt off.



A kettle of hot water over your blocks etc will remove much of the salt from the bearing surfaces.
__________________

__________________
"By day the hot sun fermented us; and we were dizzied by the beating wind. At night we were stained by dew, and shamed into pettiness by the innumerable silences of stars."
Cavalier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 06:24   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Currently in New England
Boat: Alubat Cigale 16m
Posts: 60
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

It looks like your choices are limited to gently abrading your decks with fine dust or washing them with salt water unless you have a supply of peacock feathers or some other electrostatic dust lifter (swiffer or equivalent) and even a 29’ boat is probably a daunting task!

I remember the continuous whine of vacuum cleaners on the docks in Newport during the America’s Cup before the NYYC discovered how much the rest of the world loved them after they lost the cup. Many otherwise normal owners will not allow shoes on their boats that have even touched land and so, on the basis that boats on long crossings seem to survive salt water, I suspect washing with seawater to be preferable.
Telesail is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 07:01   #4
cruiser

Join Date: Jan 2017
Boat: Retired from CF
Posts: 13,304
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Some owners have watermaker systems with high enough capacity for regular fresh water washdowns.
john61ct is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 08:33   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Cruising, now in USVIs
Boat: Taswell 43
Posts: 663
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

If you have teak decks a salt-water wash is good for them-the salt is hydroscopic and helps suck moisture out of the air...keeps the wood from drying out.
sailcrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 10:15   #6
Registered User
 
AKA-None's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Lake City MN
Boat: C&C 27 Mk III
Posts: 879
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

There’s a reason why sailors on wooden boats always swabbed the decks. :-)
__________________
Special knowledge can be a terrible disadvantage if it leads you too far along a path that you cannot explain anymore.
Frank Herbert 'Dune'
AKA-None is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 10:21   #7
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: 18,747
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

sea water not good for boats?? then why keep boat in sea water or even sail sea water, for that matter.
sorry i have little sympathy.
my boat LOVES her sea water washdowns. she hates fresh water washdowns, as it SHOULD be. my stainless is shiny, and decks clean. my wood beaufitul.
might want to invest in an r.o. system for your boat to avoid sea water.
oh~~!!!~~~~~~ forgot..might need to desal the oceans.
__________________
life is an adventure meant to be LIVED!!!!
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...oul+mates.html


https://sksolitarybird.org/
zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 10:21   #8
Registered User
 
Cheechako's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Skagit City, WA
Posts: 22,275
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

I used salt water all the time. Rinse with fresh if available. If yo are lucky it rains. Salt is good for teak decks. Yeah, red dust blows into the eastern Caribe from Africa.... quite common.
You are right though, the salt water is not great for hardware, aluminum or SS. Nice to rinse it off. Having a good water maker has this advantage.
__________________
"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard











Cheechako is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 10:40   #9
Registered User
 
Suijin's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Exumas
Boat: Valiant 40
Posts: 4,613
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryban View Post
What creative strategies have you guys employed when fresh water is scarce to keep things clean? I can use small amounts of fresh water, but not gallons.
There's no magic bullet, just salt water. It's better than letting the dust accumulate. I would save the fresh water for rinsing blocks, clutches it.

Saltwater will take the dust and the old dried salt off, with a scrub. So you'll always have salt but it won't build up.
Suijin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 13:07   #10
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 18,397
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Ryban, sea water is harmless to fiberglass. Wash away. Do rinse blocks, and sheet stoppers if you have them, afterwards with a tiny bit of fresh water, but freshwater washing of boats is yacht club stuff, not the life of a cruising sailboat, which might get washed by rain sometime. Just, when it starts to rain, quick scrub the decks, if you're going to catch drinking water off them, and let the rain rinse them first.

Ann
__________________
Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 13:14   #11
Registered User
 
Simi 60's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Australia
Boat: Milkraft 60 ex trawler
Posts: 2,636
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Timber boats hate fresh and love salt.
Simi 60 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 13:20   #12
Registered User
 
SVTwilight's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Newport, RI USA
Boat: Tayana 51' FD-12
Posts: 363
Send a message via Skype™ to SVTwilight
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Just move up here to Cape Cod. This year the rain never seems to stop! :-)

I love Bonaire and have hundreds of dives there. I hope it is still as nice as I remember. It was starting to get a bit over built when Iwas last there in 1999...
SVTwilight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 14:37   #13
Registered User
 
picklesandjesse's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Northern NSW Australia
Boat: Cold Molded Davidson 32 Built NZ
Posts: 457
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Part of the adventure. You have to get to like salt water I guess, just try and keep it on the outside. It's very annoying on materials below deck. Good luck with your voyage, you have a good boat to do it in.
picklesandjesse is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 16:39   #14
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 18,397
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

Quote:
Originally Posted by picklesandjesse View Post
Part of the adventure. You have to get to like salt water I guess, just try and keep it on the outside. It's very annoying on materials below deck. Good luck with your voyage, you have a good boat to do it in.
Boy, you got that right!
__________________
Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 22:33   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 44
Re: Keeping things clean when it never rains

And you chose to live there WHY ???
__________________

mayberrybfd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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
For Sale: Mexico Boating Guide, 2nd edition 2006 by Rains greenghost45 General Classifieds (no boats) 0 17-11-2017 11:58
Keeping the Chain Clean off-the-grid Construction, Maintenance & Refit 17 21-01-2011 18:41
Log Jams at Marinas in KY Since Rains Surveyor Off Topic Forum 0 05-05-2010 08:23
Keeping your boat fresh and clean nicollej Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 14 05-05-2008 12:50
What do YOU do when it rains? spencer53 Liveaboard's Forum 14 14-11-2007 00:20

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 16:57.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.