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Mind over Mud
by Tom Neale

Don’t go overboard for those anchor gear wash down rigs that have a nozzle permanently mounted so that you just have to “push a button” and water will squirt out from under the bowsprit to clean the line. We’ve found that it’s much better to have a hose in your hand. As the chain comes in, the boat’s swing on wind and tide will often cause the chain to move from side to side. A fixed spray may miss much of the chain, unless the spray is of fire hose pressure and volume. Also, some mud will come aboard despite your best efforts, and you’ll need the hose to wash it from your deck and platform.

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