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October 26, 2001

Conserve That Elbow Grease

This homemade scrubber is perfectly suited for cleaning the waterline of your boat.

The clean-up of the river where I dock my boat is still a work in progress, so I need to scrub the waterline more than I'd like. After a bit of experimenting, I came up with a simple yet effective tool that allows me to do the scrubbing from the deck.
Cut a block of wood to match the size of a 3- by 5-inch scouring sponge - the type used to scrub non-stick cookware. Then cut the end of a broomstick at a very shallow angle (10 degrees or less) and attach it with stainless-steel screws to the wood block that you cut to match the sponge.
After wetting the sponge to make it pliable, attach the sponge to the block with builder's staples or carpet tacks at each corner. Make sure that the staples or tacks remain well below the surface of the sponge to protect the boat's finish. Finally, drill a hole in the other end of the broomstick for a loop of shock cord to act as a wrist strap. After all, you wouldn't want to lose your new best friend overboard.
Dave Yetman
Newburyport, Massachusetts