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Landlocked posted 08-17-2000 12:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for Landlocked   Send Email to Landlocked  
Seeing as how most of the boats around here have flat bottoms and are made of aluminum, don't hold my ignorance against me, I thought I was doin' good.

My 78 Montauk interior was badly stained and dull. In a flash of brilliance, I scrubbed it with a broom and dilluted liquid bleach. Came out looking good and smellin great. Managed to keep most of it off the Teak so no harm done there but, I am noticing a lot of spider webbing in the floor now that I didn't before. Perhaps they were just hidden under all that dirt or perhaps, I really messed up something with the bleach.

Anyone have any input?

KCarlsen posted 08-18-2000 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Landlocked, I have been using bleach to clean my boats, house and other misc items for years with no adverse effects. It makes my sailboat look new each Spring and I even use it on the teak. For heavy grime, mildew, crud, I use 50/50 bleach/H2O. For minor grime I use 25/75 bleach/H2O. Spray it on, let sit a few minutes, scrub and rinse off. Do not let it dry on surface or use in hot sun. I really doubt you did damage with bleach, most likely the sprider cracks were there but were hidden.
reeltime2 posted 08-18-2000 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for reeltime2  Send Email to reeltime2     
I use comit on my boat all the time and have had no problems.
Mort posted 08-21-2000 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mort  Send Email to Mort     
I use bleach and water or a detergent with bleach on my Whaler. The hull is a 1972 and the owner before me used it for years. It does a wonderful job, with no apparent damage.
Landlocked posted 08-22-2000 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Thanks all,

You have put my fears to rest... I wanted a montauk for a long time. Now that I finally have it, I'm spending way too much time worrying about messing it up! I had (still have) a 72 Outrage before that had been used as a work boat for years, didn't have to worry much about that one. Hate to say it but I miss that feeling some times.


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