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Old 01-08-2018, 04:24 PM   #21
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Interesting ideas...I was contemplating wiping everything down with Mineral Spirits and a quantity of disposable rags.
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Old 01-08-2018, 05:04 PM   #22
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I filled a portable garden sprayer with Krud Kutter. Sprayed the bilge. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Rinsed with hose and long handled stiff brush. There are going to be inaccessible spots that need scrubbing. It is water based and biodegradable but don't chuck the rinse water in a waterway.
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:41 PM   #23
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Interesting ideas...I was contemplating wiping everything down with Mineral Spirits and a quantity of disposable rags.
I'm not sure I'd want to use mineral spirits in a fiberglass hull. It seems to me that the surfaces are a bit porous and mineral spirits are flammable. I've used mineral spirits in steel and aluminum hulls where I can be sure the last bits evaporate fully. Maybe a water based solvent like Klean-Strip Prep-All Waterbased Panel Wipe
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:31 PM   #24
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Thanks for the responses, I was off line due to a lightning strike frying our modem.
My Karcher washer has a detergent spray feature I can use to pre-wet areas, before using more forceful spray. I`m inclined to try that first,with some degreaser on hand too, accepting there will still be some manual cleaning. I need to look after my back and not provoke known issues and want to avoid contorted body positions.
The IG has ss trays under each engine and gearbox to catch any leaks,I don`t doubt the dirt has an oil component build up, but not as the main problem. There are also large lift out ER "roof" panels,so steam is a possibility if the Karcher attack doesn`t work out.
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Second the suggestion on dishwasher soap. Cheap, effective, and cuts grease like crazy. But haul the boat, pull the plug, and do it on land if youíve got a big mess down there.
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You guys have plugs in your hulls? Not here...
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:52 PM   #27
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Dawn and lots of rags and paper towels. Shop Vac, too! Pressure washing will take off any paint or finish. Messy. Eventually, give it a good paint job!
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Mr. BK. I've used this device: https://www.harborfreight.com/engine...gun-68290.html with very good results BUT you need a compressed air source. It siphons your choice of cleaning solution and can be adjusted for the amount of solution coming out the "business end". I have used TSP to degrease which is non foaming with both hot and cold water (hot seems more effective). If you pre-treat with a degreasing agent, it also makes a very good rinser as well.
Probably wouldn't take much to make a longer nozzle for those distant crevices.
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I have used the oil absorbent pads to wipe my bilge out several times now.
No , i'm not suggesting it's a substitute for detergent but it's amazing how much crud they pick up. Reducing the oil and dirt before washing will reduce the mess the washing creates and that then must be dealt with.
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Interesting device RTF. I don`t have a compressor, they don`t cost much so it`s not out of the question, but I will try my Karcher first. Been putting it off, hot weather, old age, time constraints, etc
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I use a medium size steam cleaner, a stiff brush, simple green and a lot of elbow grease. The steam cleaner softens oils and such and the simple green keeps it in suspension. I tried it without the sg and lots of gooey things will redeposit as it cools. I wipe up with a case of blue paper towels from Costco. Itís a lot of work, but deep cleans as well as I know how. Next time is mostly easier. Mostly.
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I don't think it's been said yet but in many cases it's difficult or impossible to use a long handled brush in confined areas. You might need a long handled brush to reach the back or sides but you don't have room to get the long handled brush into the engine space.

Home centers and hardware stores sell inexpensive adjustable length handles with threaded ends so as long as you buy a brush that fits the handle you can collapse it to get it in the engine space and then extend it to do your cleaning.
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is there any pictures of any ones engine rooms? so we can see how clean they are ?
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is there any pictures of any ones engine rooms? so we can see how clean they are ?
I was proud of the engine room in our boat we just sold last fall. Boat was 11 years old. REGULAR maintenance and cleaning is easy if it is kept up with.





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Old 02-14-2018, 01:32 PM   #35
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We're giving the port multicooler some love right now. Then cleaning will ensue. Not much of a "room" but the floor boards are freshly painted. We keep clean diapers under the engines. Looks better than the raw fiberglass and helps track any leaks
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is there any pictures of any ones engine rooms? so we can see how clean they are ?
Here's my 26-footer's engine compartment. At age 17, with 5000 hours.



Here's the Nordic Tug's, age 14:

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