Cleaning your hull

Every now and again even the scruffies hippy boat needs a clean...

  • Commercial car and boat cleaners are usually based on detergents which can contain phosphates. Phosphates can cause local oxygen depletions and may result in the localised suffocation of aquatic life.
  • Products used on boat hulls and decks may contain chlorine, ammonia, potassium hydroxide and solvents, all harmful to the aquatic environment
  • Degreasers dry the natural oils that fish need for their gills to take in oxygen
  • Most cleaning products contain chemicals (hormone disrupters) which disrupt the reproductive cycle of fish

Alternatives

  • If you use cleaning products select environmentally sensitive ones - Bio-D or Clearspring are available from health food stores and are relatively environmentally friendly.
  • Ideally use fresh water or non-toxic solutions to clean your boat wherever possible – see the list of alternatives in the Hygiene and Cleaning section.

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Painful hips and back

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Cleaning your hull - a non-toxic product?

Have a look at Fertan. Mfrs website says:
"Fertan is a complex, patented tannic acid, water based non toxic product. It offers exceptional protection against rust despite being environmentally friendly. Isocyanates and high volatiles are not necessary so we don't use them."

http://www.fertan.co.uk/Item-Fertan%20rust%20converter.htm