Originally Posted by dhays
My boat has a fresh water wash down which is nice. The pressure isn't all that great but it works. It appears that th PO converted it from raw to fresh and I can use raw water to wash down with the opening and closing of a couple valves. I still need to figure it out.
I have 2 x 175 gal fresh water tanks. Even with fresh water flushing of the heads, fairly liberal use of the shower, and hosing down the anchor, we still haven't had to refill our tanks in about 2 1/2 months of weekend use. I will likely do that this weekend.
Your idea of warm water and some soap is interesting. Does it really help that much? Pretty easy to take a bucket of hot water from the cockpit shower forward for those times when water is plentiful.
If water is the universal solvent, hot water seems mo'better....and for salt, a little soap only adds to the cleansing.
For those of us that have salted roads all winter, I used to hose off the car every chance I got. The trouble was, after it did, there was still a salty film. So I would run a hose from the garage deep sink hot water, and almost all the salt would disappear. Use one of those hose sprayers with a couple drops of laundry detergent and the shine would return if I didn't wash off all the wax.
Even an engine flush is supposed to be mediocre at getting all the salt off things once it has dried...thus all the "salt away" type products.
If rinsing the chain as it comes up...fresh water sprayed is probably pretty effective...but the way my bow is set up....salt spray gets into the chain locker sooner or later.
So I just rinse the mud off with raw water (often brackish anyway), then if the chain will sit for weeks or more...it gets pulled out, washed, inspected, touch up galvanize, markers replaced if necessary, and flaked well in the locker after the locker has been rinsed.