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Is there any way to clean or sanitize a boat, or fishing gear to prevent transport of nuisance species to other waters?

There are lakes in my area that restrict a boat from being used in any other body of water other than theirs.  I don't want to buy another boat cuz I don't have the $ or the room for one to fish other waters.   I'm thinking perhaps pressure washing the hull, or use a bleach mixture, or whatever.

Any suggustions/comments are greatly appreciated.

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I would think that cleaning your boat after each trip would be ok, I wash my boat down and my motor after each trip.  I also connect up the hose to the motor and run it for a minute or two to clean the motor out since the waters I run in are pretty dirty sometimes.  

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You can usually take your boat to the local self car wash and use a hot rinse cycle that will work well.  140 degree water will kill almost any small biotic species that is taking a ride on your boat.  Also a 10% bleach solution should do the job but might damage any fabric (ie carpet) on your boat.  

If you are really looking to clean everything you can get Liqui-Nox.  It's a phosphate free critical cleaning solution that should rid you of all your problems.  It's about $12/quart or  $40/gallon.  that would be 32 washes per qt or 128 per gallon.  Depending on the size of your boat you might just need 1/2 that to wash so doubling your washes.  I promise you will have the cleanest boat on the water!  It's easy to wash reels, baits and line with too.  

I would suggest using the bleach for your live well if you have one.  Just make sure you wash it out real well.  Also if you go the Alqui-Nox route DO NOT run it though your motor's cooling system as you will have a real big suds problem...best to use bleach for that.

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be careful running bleach through your engine as bleach is highly corrosive it eats up the chemical injecters in our pressure washers in less than a year. In other words dont do it! Randy

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You need to talk with the guys on ny bass * that fish the reservoirs. Boats get cleaned by the state and have to stay on a particular resevoir. Fish 6 reservoirs, have 6 boats. Tough but they deal with it.

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I clean my boat almost everytime I get out of the water. I will wash it down and then wipe it dry and I will then put some spray wax on it to keep it clean.

-Nitroman ;)

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be careful running bleach through your engine as bleach is highly corrosive it eats up the chemical injecters in our pressure washers in less than a year. In other words dont do it! Randy

Even in a weak concentration like 10 to 1 or 8 to 1? What concentration are you running through your pressure washers and are you mixing via the injectors? Not to make this a ticking match, just curious.

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we run 4/1 water/bleach and then the injector cuts it down from there I think to 50/1 It eats up the injectors in around a year or two. It may not ever hurt a engine but I dont want to take that chance. From 20 years in Naval Avation I will also not use RTV on my tin boat as it is corrosive to alum. I work for Raytheon as a Radar tech and part time as a painter which is where I deal with the pressure washers. No problem asking me questions and having your own opinions as I spent 20+ years to ensure us all that right Randy

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we run 4/1 water/bleach and then the injector cuts it down from there I think to 50/1 It eats up the injectors in around a year or two. It may not ever hurt a engine but I dont want to take that chance. From 20 years in Naval Avation I will also not use RTV on my tin boat as it is corrosive to alum. I work for Raytheon as a Radar tech and part time as a painter which is where I deal with the pressure washers. No problem asking me questions and having your own opinions as I spent 20+ years to ensure us all that right Randy

That's interesting that you see that much corrosion.  I personally don't have a need to so a chlorine rinse but will keep that tucked away for future referance.  Thanks for the info.  

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Don't waste your time they still won't let you use the boat outside the three main lakes.  Remember you are playing in the cities water supply.  I don't know what the penalty is but I imagine it would be a rather large one if they caught you.  Not worth the risk to me.

Tom D from MD

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Try a simple heavy solution of vinegar and water it is non toxic, kills bacteria/ mold and even dissolves salt deposits and crud  and costs nothing. Perfect 4 keeping toxins out of your honey hole.

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