You know it is getting serious when you have to start acquiring cleaning products for your new baby. One of the best links in our Resources tab is www.trawlerforum.com.
Recently there was a thread there about cleaning products. A guy mentioned he had just finished a bottle of very expensive boat wash (from one of the major national chains, let's just say), and wondered what everyone else is using.
A couple of people mentioned Chemical Guys (www.chemicalguys.com). It appears they mostly service the professional car detailing world. But they have a marine line too, and all their marine products are eco friendly. On Amazon, their products have hundreds or thousands of very good reviews. They have instructional videos on their site for every product.
The prices are very good, and as I was doing all this research the last week of April, they had a 25% off sale for the entire month! So I did a large order that should keep me going for quite a long time. That bottle (lower left) with the interesting top is called a "foam cannon." You put soap in the bottle, then hook this thing up to your pressure washer. It's adjustable for flow and pattern. Evidently it lays down a thick layer of foam which does a fantastic job cleaning. These run about $90.00 and the discount meant I basically got it for free. Happy foaming!
Now I "think" I'll be doing a lot of my own boat washing. I want to take care of Mahalo, and it's good exercise to keep my bod going, and what the heck I'm retired, right?
But when I watched this guy at the factory I thought, "uhhhh, probably not." This guy can go on for hours like this. Luckily over the past 5 years with physical therapy and getting fit I have ended 30 years of daily back pain. That looks like a ticket back to Painville to me. I'll be hiring that one out.