Bleaching Sheets?

Our main and jib sheets have become brown and dirtied from the water we sail in (Lake Erie and one of the dirtiest rivers in Ohio). Would it be ok to soak the sheets in a bucket with bleach or would we want to dilute the bleach or would that even be a bad idea? Thanks! -Adam Back #4003

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The only reason I would soak the sheets in bleach is if you have

The only reason I would soak the sheets in bleach is if you have allowed them to mildew.I Have recently become acquainted with an auto cleaner called "Simple Green". You can pick it up at any WallMart. I use it on my C36 and both Scots with great success. Try a 20/1 dilution to start. Full strength, it removes about anything inside and outside the boat. Jack Stewart Port Clinton, OH

Adam, I haven't used my sheets enough to get them dirty! I to

Adam, I haven't used my sheets enough to get them dirty! I too sail Lake Erie, and the big boat I sail with gets it's sheets washed in the washing machine. Raises hell with the dock lines, but the sheets come out cleaner, look pretty, and feel softer. The more important question is what part of Erie do you sail? I hail from North Cape Yacht Club on the western shore just south of Monroe MI. Jack are you sailing out of PCYC? Keep your boats at the Club? Is a C36 a Cal 36? That is a lot of boat... Any FS racing going on in PC?

Eric, I sail out of Brands Marina at Port Clinton.

Eric, I sail out of Brands Marina at Port Clinton. I have a 1993 Catalina 36 Tall Rig "Windancer". The club boat at PCYC is the Interlake. Didn"t see any Scots there last fall when I brought my C36 down from Lake St Clair. Jack Stewart

Jack: We just went to check on the boat yesterday and the main s

Jack: We just went to check on the boat yesterday and the main sheets had some lovely green stuff growing on them. We thought we had the boat sealed up tight enough for winter but "Anything that can go wrong, will." Eric: I dock I Jolly Roger! In order to get out to the lake, I have to sail through the Ottawa River (which is illegal to swim or fish in). Even when I do get out into the lake it's only about 3 feet deep and very dingy water. Thanks for all your help! -Adam