So what do we wish we had added before we left to go cruising? Outfitting Winterlude we both wanted a saltwater washdown hose for the foredeck. At the time there was so much going on and we were spending a small fortune so when the pros recommended we NOT add the washdown pump — I don’t remember the exact rationale, but it was going to be a major ordeal, we opted not to do it.
That might have been a BAD decision! Or at least David thinks so every time he’s standing on the bow, bringing up all that muddy clay yuck on the chain. He takes a bucket with a long line and scoops water to rinse the chain as it comes up as best he can, but we still have creeping crud on our decks until we get back to civilization — or there’s a heavy rain, whichever comes first.
We love muddy anchorages – Russell Key in the 10,000 Islands comes to mind – despite the daily and somewhat scary current swing dance, if we set the anchor securely, it’s buried so far in that sticky mud that we’re not going anywhere! But when it comes time to bring up the anchor and that sticky gooey mud is everywhere, it’s easy to wish for deep white sand bottoms! And after it dries, it adheres to our teak decks like glue or worse. 🙁
We have to haul out this fall for bottom paint — our current bottom paint has lasted since 2009 – it’s Islands 44 paint that’s unavailable here in the US, but in Panama it was very popular — and we have a list of projects a mile long already. But I think we need to reconsider that saltwater washdown pump. Here’s the one we’re tentatively looking at … a Jabsco 32900 Washdown Pump Kit. Even if we don’t have room and even if it’s not perfect, hopefully it will still be better than the bucket!
Anyone out there have a washdown pump arrangement that they particularly like? Preferably one that takes little room and installs easily? Jabsco, Shurflow or other? What do you like, what do you hate? 4 PSI or more? How many amps does it take? Self-priming, I’m assuming? We could use a recommendation!
Cheers & THANKS! Jan & David