The Aquabot is a small pressure sprayer that is great for a myriad of cleaning jobs on a boat — giving you a high-pressure water spray without using too much water. I admit, my most common use is for rinsing soapy dishes off (I save a ton of water vs. anything else I’ve tried), but it’s handy for lots of other things too.
Every so often, I hear a great “out of the ordinary” use for the Aquabot, such as the email I received recently from Scott Sweeney. Hopefully, you’ll never have his problem, but I like to share some of the out-of-the-box solutions that people find for various problems . . . just in case. Or you may have a different problem that his story inspires a solution to.
Last November I participated in the World Cruising Club’s Caribbean 1500. Of the 30 boats that left from Portsmouth, VA and arrive at Nanny Cay, Tortola, I was #30, but I made it.
Anyway, during some horrible conditions on the way down, at one point we were running under bare poles. When we tried to unfurl the main again, it refused to come out of the mast. I even tried turning the furler rod with channel locks, but the pinch in the sail refused to budge.
Before panic set in over what to do, I thought of the Aquabot. I filled it with soapy water and sprayed up and down the slot while a crew member alternately tried working the sail in and out. Voila! It worked – the soapy water acted as a lubricant to let the pinched sail slip through the slot – disaster averted.
Scott added, “Of all the products that I have purchased through the years, the Aquabot is one my favorites and most frequently used. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.”
More than once, we’ve used one of our Aquabots to spray vinegar on a seized part — the pressure gets it further in. See my longer list of “everyday uses” for the Aquabot here.
Two particular items of note: the Aquabot will work at any angle or even upside down because of the flexible, weighted pickup tube, and you can get replacement parts very inexpensively if something should break (like when mine went flying when we were badly waked in an otherwise calm anchorage — the broken part cost just 75¢).
Got an out-of-the-box story about your Aquabot? Please leave a note in the comments to inspire others!
And if you don’t have an Aquabot but want one, you can get them directly from LunatecGear (the manufacturer and a TBG sponsor) or on Amazon:
Two particular items of note: the Aquabot will work at any angle or even upside down because of the flexible, weighted pickup tube, and you can get replacement parts very inexpensively if something should break (like when mine went flying when we were badly waked in an otherwise calm anchorage — the broken part cost just 75¢).Some links above (including all Amazon links) are affiliate links, meaning that I earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more.