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Old 07-31-2007   #1
 
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Bleach and kayaks

Was looking for a way to disinfect the inside of boats (anyone got pets that ever pissed in their boats?) - was thinking of using bleach but not sure how good it would be for the plastic. Anyone got any ideas what might work?

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Old 07-31-2007   #2
 
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I wouldn't risk it, even though bleach comes in plastic bottles. It might wreak havoc on your outfitting. I pee in my boat myself when I don't feel like eddying out and dealing with the rest of the production that goes along with taking a whiz. I'm totally serious. I'm a surfer so I guess I'm used to pissing myself when I'm doing water sports.

Your kayak will get enough river water in it to douche it out.
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I pee in my boat myself when I don't feel like eddying out and dealing with the rest of the production that goes along with taking a whiz. I'm totally serious.
Yuck. Maybe I'm just fastidious about these things since I'm a girl, or maybe it's the fact that it's not my piss (and it wasn't accutally a pet either - be careful who you lend your boat to)... but that's still yuck.
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Yeah, I'd avoid any abrasives. Just fill and drain your boat a few times. You can take it to a pool and do it with the chorinated water for a slightly stronger disinfecting effect.

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Old 07-31-2007   #5
 
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yes bleach works, don't use too much though. just a cap full for a gallon or so of water. i bleach all my gear before winterizing at the end of each season.
ture.. mental note never to loan ANYTHING to Ture. you're sick dude.
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Old 07-31-2007   #6
 
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Ive got the same problem. I leave the boat in the yard and some neighborhood cats decided to spray all over the inside of the cockpit and use my plush seat as a litter box. That and the earwig infestation, nothing worse than feeling things crawling on your legs when you're going down some rapid. Id put one of those covers over the cockpit but then it would never dry, guess ill just have to live it until i can find another place to store the boat. My boats been rinsed out quite a few times but the cat spray smell never really goes away its not there when the boat is dry but after things get damp in there and you pop the skirt it freakin reaks.
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Old 07-31-2007   #7
 
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Duude, you've gotta fix that one. This is what you need: G54125-MB 500 12GA BLK TACT FOREARM 6SH CYL BORE

But no, seriously, you've got to have somewhere you can keep it. A closet, a deck to hang it from, etc. I've kept mine under the bed and under the dining room table. When we didn't have a coffee table in the living room I just flipped it over and used the planing hull. Be creative...anything's better that cat piss.

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Ive got the same problem. I leave the boat in the yard and some neighborhood cats decided to spray all over the inside of the cockpit and use my plush seat as a litter box.
No way you could stand it up on end or lean it against something? If it's upright cats can't get in... dunno about earwigs though.
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Old 07-31-2007   #9
 
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I hope you always stay upright in your boat cause drinking river water is way nastier then a little bit of lingering piss on your bulkhead.

Sounds pretty high maintenance to me.

I'm with Ture...bobbing around in the shark infested water of Norcal...a wetsuit isn't at all warm until you piss it it.

All in all who cares??
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Old 07-31-2007   #10
 
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i can not say for sertain that cats are not pissing in your boat.......

but i know for a fact that cats don't piss in my boat and it still has that scent.

if you feel compelled use greatly diluted bleach water....

if you really want to keep your boat nice and fresh remove the air bags after each use.

most odors come from the funk growing inside...... remove the bags, the boat drys faster and more completly.


just my 2cents
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