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    Cleaning your boat after use...What is your checklist?

    I may be a going a little, ahem, overboard, but here is what I do...
    What do you all do?

    1) Flush exhaust with garden hose.
    2) Remove all seats and empty all compartments.
    3) Soap down and clean all seats.
    4) Powerwash interior, including carpet.
    5) Spray down engine compartment and ski locker.
    6) Soap down and powerwash exterior.
    7) Spray down exterior with Wax-as-you-dry (exterior only...no places anyone may step on, don't want to get anyone hurt.
    Remove carpet and hang across trailer to drip dry. Dry interior and exterior completely with towels.
    9) Back into garage.
    10) Re-open ski locker, bilge lid, storage compartments and engine bay.
    11) Lower boat using third wheel as low as possible.
    12) Using extra long shop vac hose, vacuum out 10-20 gallons of dirty water out of ski locker. I also stick the hose on the little hole leading out of the ski locker to the engine bay. I get another couple gallons out of there.
    13) Leave ski locker, and all storage area open.
    14) I lean a box fan into the area above the engine and turn it on full blast. I leave that running for at least 6 hours.
    15) Spray a little Corrosion Block into Engine bay
    16) I leave everything dismantled in the garage to air out for a few days.

    The night before we are going to use the boat, I put everything back together.

    All told, it takes about 1hr to 1hr and 15 minutes.

    Am I being neurotic...or do other people go to this length.

    By the way, I run in salt water 100% of the time.


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    No I don't think so.
    I do something very similar when I ride in salt water. After a salt water ride the ski also gets a quick application of wax.

    Fresh water it gets rinsed and flushed.

    Equipment in salt and fresh varies. I have a set for salt and a set for fresh. Salt water stuff gets rinsed thoroughly.

    I saw two 2000 yammies, one was meticulosuly cared for and it looked brand new, the other was not cared for as well and it showed the wear and rust.

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    clpsuite, I will buy you boat when you are done with it.

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    wow

    7) Spray down exterior.
    4) Spray down interior.
    5) Spray down engine compartment.
    1) Flush exhaust with garden hose. (use salt away)

    9) Back into garage.
    11) Raise boat by lifting tongue as high in the air as I can for about 30 seconds to let water drain.
    10) Re-open ski locker, bilge lid, storage compartments and engine bay.
    13) Leave ski locker, and all storage area open.


    15) Spray a little WD40/Bombadier lube into Engine bay and from back into pump area and on trailer wheels around bolts and such.
    16) I leave everything dismantled in the garage to air out for a few days.

    The day we are going to use the boat, I close all the lids and hatches and screw the plugs back in. Every few times, I add some grease to the bearing buddy or whatever it's called on the trailer.

    All told, it takes 15 minutes.

    By the way, I run in salt water 100% of the time.[/quote]


    That's a hell of a cleaning to do everytime! I made modifications above. Keep in mind I have a Sportster with hydro turf vs. carpet and ride in salt water everytime. Every once in awhile or towards the end of the season, I would actually spray down all the storage compartments and ski locker.

    I just don't think it's necessary or even really shows to do all the extra cleaning to the hull and storage areas EVERY single time. My boat looks very clean before every use and probably just as clean as yours after the first 5 minutes of use. Thoroughly flushing the engine and engine compartment after every salt water use is what I see as important.

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