21 PULL THE RUG OUT
Your dock lines and shore power cords can
act like a stairway for bugs and ants to get
on your boat. Call a halt and keep them
away by spraying with ant repellent where
they touch the dock.
22 THE GUM GUARD
Unwrapped spearmint gum on shelves will
keep roaches and other bugs away from
Hate those rust rings? Store
metal spray cans of corro-sion-preventative oils and
other related products upside
down on their plastic caps
and rotate them periodically.
Spray a light layer of rust preventative such as WD- 40 on
cans to retard rust.
24 LOOSEN UP THOSE LINES
Do you have stiff anchor or dock lines? Add
half a cup of fabric softener to two gallons
of water and soak the lines overnight. Let
them dry away from the sun and they’ll be
as flexible as new!
25 MILDEW BE GONE
Sprinkle talcum powder on
rugs, deflated dinghies, or
anything else that is susceptible to moisture and
mildew and roll them up.
The talc will absorb most
of the mildew and make
cleaning easier in spring. If
you do find mildew, kill it
with white vinegar — safer
on surfaces than bleach.
26 BAG IT!
Get creative with your garbage bags and
save yourself spring-cleaning growths.
Wrap a big black bag over your outboard
props and tape it up, even if it’s in the
water all winter. Don’t forget to take it off
before you start up though!
27 DON’T USE YOUR HEAD!
If you’re not going to use your head for a
while, flush cooking oil down it to lubricate
the works, and pour freshwater in to retard
corrosion. Then, put plastic wrap over the
toilet bowl. It’ll stop that ring from forming in the bowl and cause less evaporation.
(Just don’t forget to take it off before you
use it again!)
28 SAVE ON YOUR SOLENOIDS
Solenoids from auto parts stores will often
suffice for other solenoids aboard such
as those for an anchor windlass, electric
winches, and ignition-transfer switches.
However they must equal the specs of the
unit you’re replacing, and meet relevant
safety requirements, most importantly ignition protection for any used in the engine
compartment. If moisture protection is
required spray on a corrosion blocker.
Teak can be
cleaned with left-
over tea provided
milk and sugar
haven’t been added!
30 NO MORE
Got a bottle of flat cola
aboard? Don’t throw it
away, throw it into your
head and let it sit for an
hour. It makes a great nontoxic toilet-bowl cleaner.