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Power wash fail?

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by DAVA390, Apr 13, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. DAVA390

    DAVA390

    Joined Jul 13, 2010
    853 posts, 111 likes
    Precision 23
    US Perry Hall,Baltimore County
    Borrowed my brother's pressure washer for the weekend to clean the boat in my driveway. Power washed so far: front porch, porch railing, porch furniture. Back porch, back porch rail and sidewalks around the house between front and rear porch. Management had just hinted that the screen porch across the back of the house is looking a little rough. I can take a hint. Hope I get to the boat before weekend is done!
     


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  2. Jalepeno

    Jalepeno

    Joined Mar 2, 2008
    404 posts, 30 likes
    Cal 25 mk II
    CA T-Bird Marina, West Vancouver
    don't use a pressure washer on your deck especially around any deck fittings or you will have water leaks for ever more. It is OK to clean the hull and top sides carefully.
     


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  3. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,426 posts, 530 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    Yeah, well one time I went to a boat show with my wife and came home with a mop.
     


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  4. Don S/V ILLusion

    Don S/V ILLusion

    Joined Sep 25, 2008
    5,027 posts, 264 likes
    Alden 50
    US Sarasota, Florida
    This has been debated a lot here and the consensus isn't so categorical. Pressure washers like most things come in different varieties. The experience I have had corresponds well with what many others here have expressed - that careful use of low pressure washers won't hurt fittings but that the use of high pressure (2000 psi or greater) can, if used improperly, may...

    So keep it away from seals and you should be fine.
     


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  5. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    526 posts, 105 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    Hey, my wife came back with the same one! Orange Chamois type thingy that you twist to wring out? :biggrin:
     


  6. DAVA390

    DAVA390

    Joined Jul 13, 2010
    853 posts, 111 likes
    Precision 23
    US Perry Hall,Baltimore County
    I'm using bare bones ,bottom dollar, electric from Lowe's.
     


  7. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,426 posts, 530 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    Yeah, something like that. It taught me a lot about marriage.
     


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  8. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,878 posts, 865 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    hahaha

    Yeah. I purchased a pressure washer years ago. Once you have one... you just can't stop cleaning stuff. And your standards change ........and now that side walk has to be white.... a gray sidewalk just won't do. Don't get me started on ugly brick.... :eek::confused::rolleyes:
     


  9. SG

    SG

    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    976 posts, 152 likes
    J/Boat J/160
    US Annapolis
    Unless a boatyard has a special drainage system, you may NOT be allowed to clean the bottom with one. Even then, it has to be in the special area with appropriate drain and separation from runoff water. Check it, because it's close to a capital offense in Maryland and Florida ;^))).

    Also, the general rule is don't use it on woodworking. A bit too much and you will wash away stuff that you'll regret.
     


  10. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,426 posts, 530 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    I don't want to tell on anyone but while local boatyards don't allow boat owners to sand or otherwise prepare bottoms for recoating, boatyards can power wash the bottoms in or just out of the lift well where the paint residue goes right into the water. Just saying...
     


  11. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    526 posts, 105 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    At our local boat yard there is no pressure washing allowed on bottoms because they do not have the special reclamation system to keep the water from going into the sound. When you ask how to get the junk off prior to painting they tell you that you have to hire a diver to scrub the diver before it comes out of the water. That is what I call logic.
     


  12. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,247 posts, 769 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    This is special.

    o_O
     


  13. SG

    SG

    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    976 posts, 152 likes
    J/Boat J/160
    US Annapolis
    In an increasing number of places, ablative paint is being refused to be serviced by divers because it clearly leaves a cloud of unhelpful stuff in the water. Most places will allow wiping down of hard bottoms.

    If you have to chose a paint, and either don't have any ablative paint on the bottom, I wouldn't put it an ablative paint on. There are better, faster, and more environmental friendly options.

    Unfortunately, if you already have ablative paint, you have to remove it to put a hard paint on.
     


  14. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,535 posts, 268 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Nice trade.......
     


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  15. 31seahorse

    31seahorse

    Joined Aug 2, 2005
    813 posts, 96 likes
    Caliber 28
    US Penn Yan, NY (Seneca Lake SP)
    All U Get.......I wouldn't touch that comment with a ten-foot pole! No ethnicity implied.

    Dava390......We too used a pressure washer yesterday and this morning. House sparkles! The boat? Not so much.
    Back in the day we scrubbed our deck with an old floor scrubber that my parents had used. It was bulky to maneuver, but it sure did beat scrubbing. Then along came pressure washers and we have used one frequently on the topside, although we have not recognized leaks at thru-deck fittings. Care will be used in the future, thanks for the heads up, Jalepeno.
     


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  16. Sailm8

    Sailm8

    Joined Feb 21, 2008
    1,487 posts, 162 likes
    Hunter 29.5
    US Punta Gorda
    Even trade?
     


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  17. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,426 posts, 530 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    No. I ended up having to keep both.:)
     


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  18. corvette

    corvette

    Joined Jan 5, 2015
    4 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 36 mk I
    US Seattle
    I have used a low pressure, pressure washer on the topsides with no ill-effects; however I am careful around fittings...the power washer takes on the green slime really well :)
     


  19. Ron20324

    Ron20324

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,105 posts, 540 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    I was at the White House last Thursday just as the Prez was coming off the stairs from the chopper. He had a pig under each arm, so the marine guard said, "Nice pigs, sir". Prez said "they weren't just ANY pig, they were Arkansas Razorbacks. I got one for Nancy Pelosi, and one for Hillary Clinton. The guard said, "Excellent trade, sir". Chicka-boom.
     



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