Hull Cleaning

1. There are products available that arenít specifically intended for this use, but that may also work to some extent. They may be considerably cheaper. An example of such a product that weíve seen used for this purpose is toilet bowl cleaner. Using products such as this may seem like a good idea because they may be cheaper, but itís not a good idea.

2. Use a product made by a reputable company for the specific purpose and heed all instructions and warnings and laws.

3. Other products should be avoided because of possible toxicity: they may be harm to you, they may harm various components of the boat and there may be environmental concerns.

4. We like products that you can apply with a sponge. If you have to brush something on or scrub after application, itís not only more work, itís also likely to splatter the product and abrade gel coat, paint, wax and other surface material.

5. Beware of boat components that may NOT be on the list of materials for which the product is claimed to be safe. For example, many boats have an aluminum rub rail base or cap rail over the hull deck joint, or perhaps an aluminum striker. Often a product designed to remove stain or other types of discoloration will be detrimental to aluminum.

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