Anyone who has ever worked on deck knows the wash-down hose has a boisterous personality. One that refuses to unravel when needed quickly; one which refuses to coil properly when trying to put it away.
The hose starts life on a shelf at National Marine, West Marine or any other Marine or hardware store where it looks perfect – perfect round coiled circles you hope will somehow last after 100 uses, but where you know only time will tell.
The hose travels happily home in the back of your crew car or van and gets plunked on deck for the Deckies to lead to its new room. In the Bosuns locker lives a hook/hose reel/shelf and the hose snuggles in to its happy new home. The Deckies bustle about finding Gardena fittings and nozzles and quickly set up the new hose so it’s ready to rock and roll.
Day 1 with the new hose starts out sunny and warm – a shiny new hose, newly fitted fittings and no leaks, hooray! But things slowly start unraveling (no pun intended), it begins to cloud over and frustration quickly ensues. The coils were tight and the hose struggles to share your enthusiasm to go for the far reaches of the deck. It wants to cling to corners and find things it can grab onto just to avoid losing its perky little coils…and a Deckie eventually has to convince the hose it’s OK to loosen up. It’s OK to spin that hose to uncoil it and the hose eventually decides the yoga wash-down practices of the every day are reason enough to let loose.
Eventually, the hose loosens up and realizes being difficult for the Deckies is fun! Coiling the hose up again becomes a flip-flopping hosey mess and arguing with the Deckie adds a new element of enjoyment to daily hose-life!
Messing with the newer Deckies is even more fun where the nozzle helps prevent water from escaping after a busy afternoon of washing down. The hose is now heavy and lugging it back to the Bosuns locker becomes a chore. After being hung up, the hose decides to leak all over the sandpaper and clean rags and the Bosun has a mini-fit when he peeks in at the end of the day!
Once the new Deckie graduates to emptying the hose after a wash-down (by holding one end up in the air and coiling high to have gravity empty the hose), he figures out the nozzle also holds water and learns how to empty this too.
Now the hose settles in to its new and unraveled state. After some convincing, it decides to cooperate with the new and experienced Deckies and learns how to hang, empty, in the Bosuns locker, amid the chamois, brushes and cleaning products. It learns how to get walked around corners versus being dragged against the paint and how to rinse ALL the soap off a particular soapy section. In the end, it happily joins the Deck crew for the occasional after-work beer, swim or banter on the swim platform and life falls in to a normal routine for the well-adjusted hose and its happy deck crew :)