NewWaveDave

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About NewWaveDave

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  • About Me:
    Love fishing and camping. Love my family.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    fishing, gardening, reading, hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    Walmart greeter, starting oyster farm in Delaware: Jersey Select Oysters LLC

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    Port Norris, NJ

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  1. I like the idea of replacing the pump assembly. I am NOT a motorhead and I made a promise to the guy who works on my mercury outboard I would never try to work on the outboard again (I did something to something I am never supposed to to turn and I guess I turned it and...ugh....but I put the impeller in correctly!). Honda does make good stuff. I am going to look into a new pump assembly. I am also needing to put a type III toilet on my new boat, one which can be pumped out for the crew. No one locally does that so I gotta figure this out myself. Thankfully I am more competent with carpentry and wiring than I am with motors.
  2. So i was looking at salt water (stainless steel) pressure washers and my goodness what a price tag! The pressure washer I am using now is dying, but I think it is a 2400 psi with a honda motor. The motor is fine! I believe I am looking at over 5k for salt water pressure washers. It almost seems to me, considering pumps don't last forever, that it would be better to get a higher end conventional pressure washer (a little over 1k), buy a back up, and just use the spare and replace it when necessary. It would suck to spend 5k for a pressure washer just to have motor problems or pump problems after a couple years. Anyone here have a stainless steel pressure washer?
  3. Thanks riggler! How do you supply water for your pressure washer?
  4. I actually don't know what exactly the guys on Barnegat bay are up to. Like the rest of us oyster farmers, they are trying to figure things out. Some are doing exactly what you said, some are doing it in floating cages, some are doing it in bottom cages....
  5. Yeah, I get shocked on a regular basis.
  6. OMG! that would strip the protective rubber off the cages I am sure! Someone told me there is a way to sandblast the paint off the pontoons next time I strip them for new bottom paint. I stripped them with an angle grinder this time. What I am also doing is building a grated ramp with rollers on it for hoisting the cages over the bow. I tried a prototype this evening and it was SO much easier to get the cages over the bow. That and using the 8' boat hooks I made. And my wife actually went out with me this evening and gave some really good advice on how to flip the cages over in the water.
  7. I wish. The other farmers on the NJ side of the bay grow their oysters in cages in tidal water along the shore and access their oysters at low tide to work on them, usually using ATVs or trucks. The other deep water farmer has 1 ton cages the keep their oysters in on the bottom of the bay. They have a repurposed trawler (big, steel) they use. I am the only guy on the NJ Delaware Bay doing what I am doing. There are some guys on Barnegat Bay doing floating oysters, but they use smaller, different gear. They gave me a good idea on anchoring the gear and it worked! The guy from the Shellfish Bureau gave me some ideas. Some worked, some didn't. I got some ideas from some crabbers and gill netters on gear deployment (some worked, some didn't). There are some farmers who spread seed out in parts of the bay where oysters will live on the bottom (sand, not mud) but they, too, have these very large boats. They use oyster tumblers to wash they oysters, but they don't have cages to clean. I feel like the other oyster farmers, especially the bigger ones, are waiting to see if I can figure this out.
  8. Cool! I like it. I assume this process, like everything else is this business, is going to be one great big learning experience. Glad ya'll are willing to give your 2 cents!
  9. I started with a scrub brush. After one cage I said to myself, "hell, no!" The little pressure washer was a dream come true compared to hand scrubbing. However, I am going to be hiring people and need to make this process as quick and easy as possible...and I do need for the cages to be clean. Ugh...
  10. I honestly didn't know I needed that kind of PSI until I started working. What I would really like is a hi-powered automatic car wash on the boat for cleaning the gear.
  11. right now I run a 2800 PSI gas power washer. It works well enough for a while, but gets tired after a couple hours. I get some red macro algae, squirts, and barnacles I need to blast off the gear. The 2800 PSI doesn't quite do the job unless you hold it real close, and then it only gets hard stuff for the first hour. I have come to the conclusion, in order to clean the cages quickly and effectively, I need something more powerful, something which is meant to run continuously. I have seen an electric power washer that is 4000 psi, and because I have a 6500 watt generator in the boat, I am considering that option. I am thinking about getting a non-mobile generator (15kw or so) and using that to power the pressure washer(s), water pumps, and refrigeration. I am thinking a trash pump would be a good idea for longevity and volume. This is going to be a project and I appreciate everyones input. Ya'll are the best!
  12. That's a good idea! Thank you nightfighter!
  13. Honestly, I don't know. When you say gas driven, I assume you mean the motor? I have been looking at gas pressure washers on wheels. I suppose I could mount one to the railing, but if it is on the floor I need it to be mobile for cleaning purposes. I don't know what a clutch and pump is. Could you tell me about this?
  14. Outboard.
  15. Hi Folks! I am an oyster farmer and I am needing a pressure washer for my boat. I use the pressure washer to keep my floating oyster cages clean and to clean the bags. I have already figured out I need a commercial pressure washer due to how heavily I use the thing: many hours a day, many days per week. I am currently using a sump pump over the side of the boat to provide water for the pressure washer. I am wondering if any of you brilliant and helpful denizens of SOL have any experience with this sort of this sort of thing. I am looking at marine boat wash down kits as perhaps a better way of supplying water to my pressure washer. Any comments, ideas? Thanks! David