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  1. #1
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    Default Washing your boat.

    Is it preferable to use fresh or salt water?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    Mostly I’m washing the salt off so freshwater if available. But on a longer trip, especially with Sarahan sand falling I will keep things clean with sea water and rinse it all when I’ve reached a marina.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    Fresh if possible.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    Does salt damage the boat then?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    Yes.
    Saltwater is highly corrosive and will degrade the value of your boat by thousands of s a year.
    Or am I confusing it with depreciation and market forces

    Kay Sarah Sarah
    5751.42' N 529.44' W

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    I don’t wash the boat. The Admiral, on the other hand, washes it with sea water or fresh water whenever the mood takes her. Downside of sea water is that it removes the dirt but leaves salt crystals behind. Using fresh water in some places in Greece is frowned on as water on some of the islands is scarce: other places she’ll happily disrupt life for hours playing round with the hose pipe.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    Evian. Non carbonated.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    Salt water is fine if the boat is caked with mud and you want to clear it but the trouble can be that the salt gets onto and into everywhere and gets taken inside, where it is definitely not wanted. If you go to Holland, you will see Dutch sailors always hosing down the boat after a sea sail, and athlough not always possible, it is not a bad habit.

    We were told that washing our teak decks down with seawater would keep them clean and looking OK. It doesn't. A chemical blitz is required.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Washing your boat.

    Quote Originally Posted by fredrussell View Post
    Evian. Non carbonated.
    You may have been joking, but that's more or less what we do with a racing boat kept on a swinging mooring.
    We take bottled water with us, and what doesn't get drunk is used to rinse cleats and blocks after the race.

    Our cruising boat, we use a deck wash pump to hose off bird mess and the general grime.
    When abundant fresh water is available, we wash the boat properly.
    In between, we might wash with seawater and rinse with fresh.

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