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Old 05-27-2019, 07:39 AM
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Im an anal H-60 crew chief for the Air Force. Dirt, grime and corrosion are a nightmare for me. Every time we go boating, I come back and spend countless hours washing, scrubbing and detailing. Its funny how one day of boating produces stains that I cannot get out. I use the best soaps and protectants to include Orpine, Woodywax, Presta, Collinite and others. Do you do deep cleanings once a quarter, once a month or every outing like me? Let me know, Im going back to cleaning lol
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:49 AM
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Im an anal H-60 crew chief for the Air Force. Dirt, grime and corrosion are a nightmare for me. Every time we go boating, I come back and spend countless hours washing, scrubbing and detailing. Its funny how one day of boating produces stains that I cannot get out. I use the best soaps and protectants to include Orpine, Woodywax, Presta, Collinite and others. Do you do deep cleanings once a quarter, once a month or every outing like me? Let me know, Im going back to cleaning lol





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Old 05-27-2019, 08:09 AM
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Go to cleaning products
starbite non-skid deck cleaner
bar keepers friend
west marine vinyl cleaner

i do not detail every trip, but will do a quick cleaning every time
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:14 AM
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Be careful with Barkeepers friend.......Although it works, I believe it removes all wax and is very caustic.........
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:50 AM
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Once a year as needed...bleach and pressure washer. Quick brush with soap after most outings.

Haven't polished the brightwork in the 6 years we've owned it.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:55 AM
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When I had my Scarab Sport I spent a lot of time cleaning it and I hated every second of cleaning. I now have what my daughter calls "old mans boat" it's just a good old fishing boat. I am a nut about maintenance but not about cleaning it. The exterior is white and it's oxidized pretty bad so I haven't washed the outside of it in 3 seasons because you can't tell when it's washed or when it's not. The interior I clean maybe twice a year but I do squirt down the floor regularly.

I get back from fishing, spend 5 minutes hosing down the floor and put the cover on it. I always put the cover on the boat after a fishing trip which helps keep the inside from getting to funked up.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:01 AM
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When I had my Scarab Sport I spent a lot of time cleaning it and I hated every second of cleaning. I now have what my daughter calls "old mans boat" it's just a good old fishing boat. I am a nut about maintenance but not about cleaning it. The exterior is white and it's oxidized pretty bad so I haven't washed the outside of it in 3 seasons because you can't tell when it's washed or when it's not. The interior I clean maybe twice a year but I do squirt down the floor regularly.

I get back from fishing, spend 5 minutes hosing down the floor and put the cover on it. I always put the cover on the boat after a fishing trip which helps keep the inside from getting to funked up.
That's my style. My stuff is always immaculate mechanically, but if I have to spend more time cleaning than boating...it doesn't make sense to me. Granted...our boat is very well maintained and clean, but it ain't showroom purdy.

Helps that it's a plastic boat...

Now, the truck on the other hand....though I'm a slacker a out waxing
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:13 AM
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I am pretty attentive to the floor of the boat especially high traffic areas. The biggest threat to the deck is from walking from the car/truck to the boat at the dock. Phucking oil on concrete and asphalt. It gets on the soles of the crew and it just goes down hill from there.

I have a 3 gallon pail - plastic that I add few ounces of tide/dawn and just enough warm/hot water for a good size bath towel to soak up on the mixed water. I just throw it into the back of the SUV until I get down to the boat. While at the dock prior to anyone boarding I simply lay out the saturated towel on the deck of the boat where folks will board the boat. This allows most of the oil and shat on folks soles to be mitigated thus preventing trampling down these oils from being spread all round the deck and broke down so that clean up will be easier at the end of the day.

Oh, just a follow up. I typically move the towel to the helm where I stand while underway. When at anchor if I see an area that needs a bit of cleanup I simply drag the towel with my foot to the area and simply slide the towel over the affected area and then back to the helm area.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:27 PM
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Typically you will find that clorox or a mild oxalic acid will remove most stains. Let the clorox sit on the spot for an hour or two in the sun and then rinse.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:31 PM
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Mary Kate On & Off will always get it done if all else fails. I go straight to it and rinse the shit out of it.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:53 PM
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We and forget once a quarter. Let it sit uncovered for a day or two, then rinse off.
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Old 05-27-2019, 02:46 PM
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I think many go overboard when it come to special marine cleansers and waxes. When we are out on the boat I hose down spills and blood regularly with fresh water. I don’t mind it because it’s often hot out and that nice cool water spray can feel pretty damn good. Don’t give things a chance to set. Then I don’t have a big job in front of me when I get back to port. Once a year usually in the spring before launch I give the whole boat a good polish with 3m finess-it. And a good coat of wax. Makes things cleanup a lot easier during the boating season.
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Old 05-27-2019, 02:50 PM
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I wax my boat every 10 years, whether it needs it or not.
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Old 05-27-2019, 03:16 PM
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What a damn coincidence, I shower once a month,,, whether I need it or not.LOL
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Old 05-28-2019, 04:47 AM
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Bar Keepers friend, aka Oxalic Acid, does a great job on stubborn stains. Sprinkle, moisten and let it sit.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:16 AM
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All 4 get soaped, brushed and chamois mopped every weekend that we use them. Then the removable soft goods get stowed and the covers go on.. This weekend, it was all four which kind of sucks. We also have a crew that clean the Viking, Regulator, and Parker every two weeks with a lot of attention to detail. Never a rust stain or dirt left anywhere and the entire hull gets brushed. Then all they get pulled and waxed top to bottom once a year at minimum but really twice depending on schedules. Cosmetics get repaired in a timely manner and any problem or potential problem get taken care os ASAP.

Service is another animal and anything that I can’t fix or do, still get done. Our mechanics are on speed dial depending on the project.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:33 AM
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If new shiny boats could talk..." I'm gonna make my new owner my biatch. Wash me, wax me, gimme a belly rub. Again biatch"..." and don't forget the Seafoam, Stabil and Ring Free, biatch". Lol
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:41 AM
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I put 2 coats of wax on my hull every spring, I'm always going to wax topsides @ the dock on a day that's not fit to go out but... I clean the deck and gunnels after every trip but I never seem to get that coat of wax I'm always so determined to do in the spring.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:42 AM
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That's why I sold my big boat. It just was to much work to enjoy. Now have a 17 aluminum boat with a 60. Rinse with fresh water if it's used in salt and take everything in the gun box and lockers out and wash with soap once a year.
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:47 PM
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Non-Skid Deck Cleaner

I use this and love it.
Spray water, sprinkle Starbrite around, brush.
Let it sit while you enjoy a rum & coke.
Spray it down. Shine.
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