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Any "miracle" products for maintaining your boat?

Discussion in 'Equipment & Maintenance' started by Ana, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    Some of the best cleaners are also the cheapest.


    Rubbing alcohol cleans aluminum window frames.
     
  2. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    For metal use this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Collinite-850-Metal-Wax-Pint/dp/B0006FKDVK?

    Gelcoat:

    Compound/wet sand, polish, wax. No way around it. Do it yourself or pay someone.

    You could also look into having your hull ceramic coated. Expensive, but some people report they get years of protection.

    Of course you could just paint it every 5-10 years as needed.

    For regular cleaning. Bleach and water, sometimes Dawn before a wax. Mostly I just hose the boat down and do a spring cleaning at the beginning of the year.
     
  3. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    BTW, Bar Keepers Friend would be too abrasive, IMO. You would be removing the oxidizing protective layer of most marine metals and then exposing them to the corrosive elements. Might be good at the end of the season, but not weekly.
     
  4. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    Thanks for the ideas.

    We don't use anything besides soapy water for each use, sometimes just water.
    But every other month or so something gets additional attention.
    The windows get a scrub, or deck, or tank holders, or whatever. Eventually everything gets more than just a wipe.
    But I'm lazy and always trying to find a way to use less elbow grease.
    Going to be 13 years with this vessel and besides a few cosmetic details feels like the first year.
     
  5. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch Barracuda

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    Sounds like nothing has changed with boats in the last 30 years.
    They were always just holes in the surface of the water that needed to be filled with cash.
    I'm told that the 2nd best day in your life is when you buy a boat and the best day is when you sell your boat, but they are a fun way of consuming your spare cash.

    Michael
     
  6. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Those two days are often cyclical. Buy, sell, buy another, sell another, wash, rinse, repeat. :wink:
     
  7. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    If that's the case I hope to never have another best day in my life.
    I haven't done the numbers lately but on the 5th year anniversary of the purchase of the boat the numbers for us were just over $50 per dive. This November will be 13 years and we haven't had anything major gone wrong, maintenance and one prop.
    May not be amazing money wise, but what's the price of setting your schedule? How about not having to follow dreamed up rules from know-it-all charters, and the best of all.... Having to listen to other divers mansplaining things about your gear.
    Also doesn't take into account dozens or great private dinners, air shows and coincidentally tomorrow will be another 4th of July in the water. No crowds and the whole sky for us to enjoy the fireworks.
    I'd be happy to pay double for keeping my boat. Don't want a boatless life even if I end up sanding the 4 window frames with a sandpaper in order to see them pretty.
     
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  8. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

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    YEP,,,I'd say a private boat is 3-4 time more PRODUCTIVE when diving from it. It's not just harvesting, but even photography, training, testing new equipment and that ability to not always be on a schedule. If you found a good spot, fine stay and swim with the dolphins/manta/whale shark. You don't have to be back at the dock at XX-O'clock. P.S. money isn't the issue, our boat makes money each trip.
     
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  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    Mine averages a little over $200 per trip including the original price, slip fee, insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs, and add-ons. It's worth every penny. I've photographed animals I would have never seen on beach dives or charters. We've had two pods of orcas swimming around our boat, including mating. The same with Gray whales. We've had Blue whales, the largest animals to ever live almost touch the hull. I found and dived a WWI German U-Boat that I would have never seen on any charter. I can't put a price on those memories, and those still to come.

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  10. martincohn

    martincohn Solo Diver

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    A sold sign
     

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