Boats are used for a lot of things. For thousands of years they were a major source of transportation between continents and cities. They’ve been used for pleasure, and they’ve been used for commercial purposes, such as fishing and taking clients on sightseeing trips, and they can even be used for emergency purposes, such as police boats and fire boats.
Many people, who can afford them, own boats for pleasure, such as fishing, sports such as skiing, or just a fun ride on the water.
Like anything that goes in the water, boats need to be kept clean. They look better and they work better as well.
Certainly, you could wash that boat by hand. That’s quite a chore, depending on the size of the boat and your energy. You could do it better, quicker, and more effectively by using a pressure washer.
Most pressure washers cost around $150. That’s certainly a worthy investment to take care of the investment in your boat. With a pressure washer you can do an efficient job, quicker than hand washing. As an example, you can wash an 18 to 19 foot boat in about an hour.
What should you consider when deciding to power wash your boat?
Most boats are made of fiberglass so you should choose a washer that is somewhere between 1400 to 1900 psi. If you don’t have an electrical outlet near your boat, you can find a washer powered by gasoline. They make a lot of noise but they get the job done.
The nozzle you use depends on what you have to get off of your boat. I prefer 15 or 25 degree nozzle.
Because boats are constructed of fiberglass you want to use a chemical wash to speed up the process. It will do a better job of getting off oil or grease and other contaminants that don’t wash off easily with just water. It will make it go faster, too. There are several chemical compounds made just for washing boats.
Safety is a consideration so you should wear safety glasses. You should ensure that your boat is secured completely. Make sure that your items are secured so they don’t fly off the boat when water pressure hits them.
As with most pressure washing techniques, you’ll want to maintain about six inches from the surface of your boat. You’ll want to start from the top and work your way down, keeping the nozzle an even six inches away from the surface at all times.