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Old 06 March 2016, 17:28   #1
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Cleaning down afterwards...

After been out on the rib we wash the hull, trailer, brakes and the outboard with the yards hose but the water hose pressure isn,t great. Ive spotted a jabsco 12v pump that i was thinking i could temporarily put in line and run it off the car battery.It s self priming sucks 4amps and its just to increase the water pressure sufficintly to give the boat a decent wash/flush. I'm not looking to power hose the boat down. Thoughts? https://www.jabscoshop.com/marine/pu...olled-pump.htm
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A dive club known to me habitually took their boats to a filling station with a "power wash" and gave their rigs a soap and spray. It was the full works and cost a couple of quid a go.

Personally, I don't think it makes much difference in the long run but the effort to wash them is minimal so why not?
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Nothing wrong with a good wash and wax every once in a while!!

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Have you got mains power available?
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A dive club known to me habitually took their boats to a filling station with a "power wash" and gave their rigs a soap and spray. It was the full works and cost a couple of quid a go.
It's what I do every time we go out, have worked out where they are for each of teh journey options.

Flushing the engine is a bit more tricky though as most don't have taps

As to the OP - I've no idea if the extra cost will be worth it, for less you can get a B&Q power washer if you have electric available?
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I think a good wash down of Boat engine and Trailer with fresh water ...or even better a Powerash is an essential part of the maintenance routine,the habit also gives you time for a close visual inspection of the component parts.

Personally I wash with a Carwash shampoo,with a little "Salt off" thrown in,then a good stiff rinse!
With a decent power washer you get in all nooks and crannies around the engine saddle/hydraulics ect,as well as the trailer Hubs..especially if you a flushing kit fitted.
I have seen the difference it makes when it is NOT done on a regular basis...and the results are not pretty!
...not to mention costly to put right...and potentially dangerous in the long run.
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On getting her home, I give her a good rinsing with fresh water, trailer also and flush hubs. The tubes get a towel dry, rather than drip dry.
I personally wouldn't attack it regularly with a pressure washer or detergent. Imv, pressure washers force water in places where water wouldn't otherwise get. Detergents break down and remove protectorants and can leave surfaces vulnerable to oxidisation.
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After been out on the rib we wash the hull, trailer, brakes and the outboard with the yards hose but the water hose pressure isn,t great. Ive spotted a jabsco 12v pump that i was thinking i could temporarily put in line and run it off the car battery.It s self priming sucks 4amps and its just to increase the water pressure sufficintly to give the boat a decent wash/flush. I'm not looking to power hose the boat down. Thoughts? https://www.jabscoshop.com/marine/pu...olled-pump.htm

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On getting her home, I give her a good rinsing with fresh water, trailer also and flush hubs. The tubes get a towel dry, rather than drip dry.
I personally wouldn't attack it regularly with a pressure washer or detergent. Imv, pressure washers force water in places where water wouldn't otherwise get. Detergents break down and remove protectorants and can leave surfaces vulnerable to oxidisation.
Obviously common sense has to used in all processes involving all power tools
Salt residue is the enemy misted fresh water is the Sea Boaters friend
I seem to remember you having corrosion issues of the leg of your engine??

I have a large Gas powered Space heater which I sometimes use to aid drying.
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Anybody else wash down with a hot pressure washer or simply just hot water ? , seems to me to make good sense to me especially on the trailer as the hot will dissolve the salt ,or maybe there are negatives of this procedure ?
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