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Old 23 August 2016, 04:20   #1
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Vhf took a soaking

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My fixed vhf is built into a portable waterproof housing that also contains the battery. The only connections on the box are a waterproof charging point and a waterproof through deck connector to the antenna. Anyway it got drenched at the weekend, I guess the proceedure is to just rinse the salt water off with fresh water? Its a fully waterproof standard horizon unit.
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I'm just washing everything from our 15 days away... that's the longest all our gear has gone "at sea" without washing/drying.

I use a bucket of warm water with a squirt of squeezy and "Tesco everyday value microfibre cleaning cloths"... in 5 packs from kitchen products section. The cloths are the best ever as they don't shed annoying bits of fluff and they have a coarse texture so remove even quite stubborn marks/salt.

Gently rinse with a trickle from the hose. Even with waterproof electronic items I avoid over-testing in the area of case joins, screens, switches, sockets etc.

I wash the ropes and everything.

It's all out on the patio now in 28deg sun... perfect.
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I'm just washing everything from our 15 days away... that's the longest all our gear has gone "at sea" without washing/drying.

I use a bucket of warm water with a squirt of squeezy and "Tesco everyday value microfibre cleaning cloths"... in 5 packs from kitchen products section. The cloths are the best ever as they don't shed annoying bits of fluff and they have a coarse texture so remove even quite stubborn marks/salt.

Gently rinse with a trickle from the hose. Even with waterproof electronic items I avoid over-testing in the area of case joins, screens, switches, sockets etc.

I wash the ropes and everything.

It's all out on the patio now in 28deg sun... perfect.

Well done. But don't you miss Argyll!!👍😇
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Old 23 August 2016, 06:22   #4
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>>>Well done. But don't you miss Argyll!!����

Yes of course... we've had some of the best smallcraft boating of our lives in that area over the past decade or so... but I have an outlook on life where I file these great times as positives to be looked back on... and don't dwell on the fact they're not our everyday.
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and don't dwell on the fact they're not our everyday.
I don't know about Argyll but you definitely wouldn't be drying any kit outside today, here - so it sounds like you have some slight benefit!
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I don't know about Argyll but you definitely wouldn't be drying any kit outside today, here - so it sounds like you have some slight benefit!

Yes you would in the wind. There's always s positive side👍


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Hi all

My fixed vhf is built into a portable waterproof housing that also contains the battery. The only connections on the box are a waterproof charging point and a waterproof through deck connector to the antenna. Anyway it got drenched at the weekend, I guess the proceedure is to just rinse the salt water off with fresh water? Its a fully waterproof standard horizon unit.
If the VHF is waterproof, just hit it with a hose to wash the salt off. Don't use a high pressure jet; just flow the water over it. Shouldn't hurt anything (assuming the unit's waterproof integrity is intact...) Allow to air dry.

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