Best Boat Washdown Hose Nozzle

Our Expert Angler's Choice

Gilmour Sweeper
Sweeper Hose Nozzle
The author prefers a nozzle with a shut-off valve and concentrated stream aboard his fishing boat.Gilmour

On my boat, pistol-style plastic washdown nozzles don't last very long. The fittings crack or the handles break or they begin to leak profusely.
Rather than buying a replacement (a "marine" nozzle can cost as much as $25) every few months, I use an Orbit sweeper nozzle with shut-off valve (about $7.00 from hardware or home stores; try homedepot.com). The shut-off is quick and easy to use, and the pressure nozzle sweeps away grime. Rubberized collars prevent chips to the gelcoat. Best of all, this system is far more durable than the plastic pistol nozzles you get at the marine accessory store.