Boat Tips: Equip Your Boat with a Portable Washdown

A portable freshwater washdown keeps you and your boat clean

Portable shower for your boat.
Big Kahuna Portable Shower for Boats
A portable, 12-volt-powered shower like the Big Kahuna is great for rinsing the deck, washing up or cleaning tackle items.Courtesy of Big Kahuna

Most boats today have raw-water washdown systems, but not all have fresh-water washdowns. Rather than going without fresh water, consider a portable shower for rinsing the deck, washing up or cleaning tackle items. I really like the Big Kahuna portable shower with a 4.7-gallon polyethylene tank (about $130). Plug it into a 12-volt receptacle and use the hose coil and shower nozzle to spray away the salt, or to just cool off on a hot, humid day on the ocean.