3 Unique Uses for Marine Water Hoses

Marine hoses are typically used for fire hose washdown pump applications in aquatic, fresh and saltwater, situations that would require adherence to United States Coast Guard (USCG) standards and specifications. This woven 1-1/2” single or double jacket fire hose features brass couplings, which are designed to resist corrosion in harsh boating environments. It may be any standard or custom length; however, in order to be stenciled USCG-approved, it must be 50’ in length.

Enough about the typical and boring details of marine raw water hoses! Besides putting out boat fires, what else can they do? Here we explore three very unique uses for marine washdown hose.

  1. George of the Jungle – Primate laboratories and zoos often order single- and double-jacket fire hoses from us. They use hoses otherwise destined for boating use to create play areas for the primates to climb and swing from, providing them with exercise, enrichment and an environment with qualities similar to their natural environment. The washdown hose is very durable, yet flexible enough for the animals to have fun with.
  2. E.T., Phone Home! – Houston, we have a problem! Marine washdown pump hoses don’t always carry water in them. NASA needed a way to keep control and communications cables protected from tampering and weather, but the casing also needed to be flexible. Enter boat washdown fire hose! They’re durable, flexible and water resistant. NASA and its divisions are able to use the hose to run their cables and have peace of mind they’ll be safe and dry.

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About The Author: Keith Eriksen

Keith was the president of Rawhide Fire Hose from 2000 thru 2018. He is a former member of the Wooster Township Fire Department, serving with the Wayne County Underwater Search and Rescue unit. He has extensive knowledge of valves and hydraulics from years of experience in the oil and natural gas production business. In addition to being an avid scuba diver with master diver endorsements he is also an instrument rated private pilot, certified for high performance and complex aircraft. He enjoys landscape and gardening work, gourmet cooking, spending time with his (grown) children and traveling with his wife, Vicki.

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