Like most normal cruisers, we prefer a dry dinghy. Even more so when we are wearing clean (dry) clothes or transporting fresh goodies from the grocery store back to the boat.
Unfortunately, mother nature oftentimes has other plans in mind and we find ourselves randomly getting hit by a rogue wave when motoring to and fro, or stepping into a couple inches worth of water stacked in the dink after a quick downpour. It’s inevitable, really, to see water accumulate in the dink one way or another, and thus leads me to our very favorite dinghy maintenance trick-a-roo.
Enter the $2 tile sponge!!!
Yup, a sponge! You probably think I’m joking, right?
No seriously, we picked up this great little tile sponge made specifically for cleaning grout back when we were sailing through Georgetown in the Bahamas (although we really should’ve just grabbed one at Home Depot before we left Naples). And, let me tell ya, this little sponge has really been a gem to keep in our dinghy.
Since we don’t own a fancy manual dinghy pump, we use our handy dandy tile sponge instead to remove any water that accumulates when it rains or when we happen to take a wave. The sponge soaks up standing water so freaking quickly you might be shocked to see it in action! And it even manages to snag the tiny pools of water that tend to stack up in the back corners and middle of the dink.
It’s also our go-to cleaner-upper for all that sand/dirt that tends to find its way into the dinghy as well. Since this is a grout sponge (and grout is sanded), it really does a phenomenal job of picking up the even the smallest morsels.
The tile sponge is easy to keep in the dinghy, easy to replace if necessary (i.e super cheap), and best of all easy to use! Win, win, and win!
And there you have it…our favorite dinghy tile sponge tip!
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