Cleaning a Fishing Boat the Environmentally Friendly Way

By Anne Baley

Cleaning a Fishing Boat the Environmentally Friendly Way

Commercial fishing boats can pose a major cleaning challenge for your crew. Because these vessels are water-bound, they often have wet and slimy surfaces, which is why many fishermen wear boots with rough soles that provide traction. These floors should be cleaned on a regular basis to keep blood, bait, salt water and other refuse from posing a slip-and-fall hazard for passengers. Here's everything you need to know about cleaning a fishing boat quickly and effectively.


Traditional Fishing Boat Cleaning


In decades past, commercial fishermen used buckets or hoses to sluice any solid refuse over the sides of their boat. This would cause the soil to flow directly into the ocean. Then the fishermen would clean their floors using a traditional mop and bucket. In fact, the image of a sailor with a mop in his hand has become fairly iconic.


Today's commercial fishing boats cannot be cleaned this way because this strategy leads to dangerous pollution. If your boat moves from one geographical area to another, you can introduce invasive species into the environment by washing the solid waste into the water below. As such, both state and local governments have created regulations against solid waste runoff.


A Safer, More Environmentally Friendly Method


The modern process of cleaning a fishing boat still involves removing all the foreign substances from the surface, but now fishermen have the added challenge of containing the contaminated water afterward. Though No-Touch Cleaning systems are mostly used to clean hard surface areas that are found indoors, they are also an excellent solution to fishing boat cleaning challenges. These systems are portable so they are easy to transport and can be used spray down, brush and vacuum all of the surfaces of a fishing boat, including tight corners. The long hoses allow you to clean the entire boat while having the system parked on the dock.


Your cleaning team can use the No-Touch Cleaning system's powerful vacuum suction to remove all foreign objects and water from the boat floor, which will leave the surface clean and dry, eliminating the risk for slip-and-fall accidents. These advanced cleaning systems allow your team to clean the entire boat in a fraction of the time it would take them with a mop, bucket and other traditional tools. Once your team has thoroughly cleaned the boat, you can empty out the vacuum tank into a designated wastewater disposal site.


For more on No-Touch Cleaning for hard surfaces, including fishing boats, click here.

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