38GET A FIVE-STAR SLEEP Memory foam from Wal-Mart and other
inexpensive sources works for mattress
toppers, or for full mattress replacement.
It’s easy to cut to shape for your boat’s
beds. For humid areas, the egg-carton
shaped foam also can be used under your
existing mattress, allowing some air circulation, and additional softness.
39THE KITCHEN CUPBOARD MIRACLE
Baking soda and vinegar are the magic solutions to a lot of your boat troubles. A paste
of baking soda is great for stain removal on
soda spills, mustard drips, and even pen
marks on your vinyl seats. If your wiper
blades are streaking but aren’t quite ready
to be discarded, soak them in a mixture
of baking soda and water. Vinegar is also
something of a wonder product onboard.
Use it for flushing your water maker (check
with the manufacturer first), as a raw-water
head deodorizer, freshwater hose cleanout,
environmentally friendly drain unclogger,
gelcoat shiner, and sea-salt stain remover.
31 CURE THE CHAFE
To stop lines chafing off the dock or
cement, feed the line through about a foot
of flexible but hard-wearing tubing, slightly
larger than itself, and position the tube on
the line where it’s rubbing. If you want it
to stay put, drill a little hole in the tube,
knot a string through it, and tie the end of
the string to your line to keep the tubing
positioned exactly. Such a tubing set-up
will also stop chafing where the anchor line
rubs against the bow.
above. Graphite pencil, candle wax, and
WD- 40 are other possibilities for your
34 GOODBYE GUNK
Rather than splash on goo removers you’ll
only use once or twice, grab some talc from
your bathroom, mix it with a tiny amount
of water to make a paste, and rub it onto
your deck with a clean rag. Let it sit for a
short while and rub off.
40 BATHROOM SHELF
Dirt on certain upholsteries
can be easily removed with
a dollop of shaving cream.
Ink and mustard stains come
out of vinyl seats easily with a
light rub of acetone or oil-free
32 CALL OFF THE FRAY
To call a halt to unraveling lines, clip the
fraying ends, then dip the ends into shellac
or liquid electrical tape. (Or learn to whip
your lines; it’s fun and so easy.)
35 BOTTOM PAINT BLUES
If you sprayed your bottom and there are
tiny flakes on your cabin windows, use
Murphy’s Oil soap and water. It’ll work
even weeks after the paint has dried.
33 FREE YOUR ZIPPERS
Lip balm is not just for your mouth,
cooking spray is not just for your frying
pan, and petroleum
jelly is not just for
your baby’s behind.
If your zippers are
stuck or your canvas snaps difficult to
snap, then try a little
dab of any of the
36 BYE, BYE, BUGS
Seal small holes in cabin window
screens by pushing the mesh back
together and sealing with clear nail
polish to keep the small bugs out.
Our tips were compiled from the experiences
of BoatU.S. staff members; contributing editor
Tom Neale; and author Sandy Lindsey from her
book Quick & Easy Boat Maintenance: 1001
Time-Saving Tips (published by McGraw Hill),
and Nautical Necessities: Tip & Tricks for
Boat Owners from the publishers of DIY Boat
Owner. For more great tips, check our June special super issue of BoatU.S. Trailering Magazine
(available to members of our Trailering Club
PHO TO BY BERNADE T TE BERNON
37 FRESH LIKE LAUNDRY
You don’t need expensive air fresheners
in your cabin. Get dryer sheets such as
Bounce, tuck them into corners and behind
cushions on your boat. They help with the
stale air and are said to repel insects.
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