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Maintenance Q & A — September 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler

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PMY Tries... Swobbit’s Cleaning Cloths
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We all know how hard the marine environment is on our boats. Salt air can quickly take its toll, attacking everything from gelcoat to sensitive electronic equipment. To prevent this, boaters are constantly washing, rinsing, coating, and polishing their boats. To make those jobs a little easier, Swobbit has introduced a new line of cleaning cloths.

Swobbit claims its line of Microtex drying towels do a better job of trapping dirt and grime than conventional cloths, thanks to fibers 100 times smaller than a human hair. When I recently put these towels to the test onboard my 31-footer, they did indeed perform as advertised and removed the day’s salt and grime with ease. I actually keep the towels onboard as part of my regular cleaning gear.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to test the other Swobbit products, which include the Boater’s Utility Towel, made of industrial-grade, prewashed cotton fabric. It is reported to do a superior job of absorbing grease and oil. In addition, Swobbit’s Flannel Cloths are said to be perfect for polishing and dusting, while its Terry Towels, made of high-quality cotton, are an all-around utility towel. And finally, for streak-free glass, there’s the Glass and Finishing towel that Swobbit says also cleans vinyl and leather. The season isn’t over yet, so stay tuned for possible updates on some of these other products.

Pricing and ordering information for all of the above can be found by contacting Swobbit directly. —Capt. Patrick Sciacca

Swobbit Phone: (800) 362-9873.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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