10 ZINC IS A VITAL BOAT VITAMIN
Check zincs in your engine frequently and
change as needed. Their rate of deterioration will vary with circumstances. A depleted zinc can result in significant damage to
your engine, and costly repairs. The same
goes for shaft and other zincs underwater
outside the hull.
Compiled By Ann Dermody
Here are clever ideas from your fellow boaters that will
help to keep you and your boat on budget — and spic
and span — for a great summer on the water. Some
of these tips will save you money, some will save you
time, and some will just save you from tearing your
hair out — which might be the biggest saving of all!
11 A CLEANER THAT’S
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
Don’t have any expensive
hand-cleaner nearby after a
dirty day in the engine room?
Raid the galley cupboard for a
little olive oil to rub on your
hands. Clean off with a paper
towel, then wash with soap
12 GET IN TOUCH WITH
YOUR INNER TUBE
Usually tire shops will give away old inner
tubes. Cut to fit, as needed, for permanent
or temporary (as is appropriate and safe)
gaskets, flapper valves, insulation, chafing
protection, diaphragms, and many other
1 SWEET AND SOAPY DREAMS
Is a squeaky fender rubbing the hull keeping you awake at night? Pour some biodegradable liquid detergent over it. It’ll stop
the noise and spot clean your hull at the
2 SODA CAP SOLUTION
If you’re stuck for a washer, save the caps
from large soft-drink bottles and cut to size
with a utility knife.
3 LIGHT WHERE YOU NEED IT
A hand-held dental mirror is a great way
to inspect out-of-sight hoses and wiring. A
headlight is a great way to keep both hands
for the job.
4 GET BRASSY
Clean brass with a lemon dipped
in salt. Wipe on. Wipe off.
When you’re hauled
out for bottom painting use a
small paintbrush to paint as far up
into the inside thru-hulls as you can to
prevent sea life from growing inside.
6 DUST AND PAINT DON’T MIX
It might seem obvious, but after sanding
your deck, change your clothes before
painting or varnishing it if you want that
7 WRENCH DON’T WINCE
Crankcase bolts can be tough to
reach — and that may mean it’s
a battle just to figure out what
size wrench you’ll need to fit
them. Solve this problem by
dabbing motor oil on the bolt
head. Then place a scrap of
paper over it. Use the image on
the paper to find the correct wrench size.
8 PAPER BAG PERFORMER
If you just blew a gasket but need to get
home, then sections of a cut brown paper
bag will suffice for a few hours. Use the
sharp inner edges of the casing to cut the
proper size holes and layer sections for the
bag to get the necessary thickness. When
you get home, get a new gasket.
9 STAY AWAY FROM THE CROWD
Always anchor upwind of the group in a
busy anchorage if you can. If another boat
drags in the night it’ll drift away from you
rather than towards you!
13 PUT A SOCK IN IT
Is there anything more frustrating than
cleaning what seems like miles of railings?
A tip to make things a little quicker at
least, is your old sock drawer. Put one over
your hand, dip it in wax and off you go.
Likewise, use an oven mitt when you’re
waxing a hull.
14 KEEP YOUR WOOD
For small varnish jobs, put
some in an empty nail polish
bottle and keep it handy. That
way you don’t have to keep
opening a big tin and cleaning
brushes every time you need
to touch up a ding.
15 SMALL SPACE, BIG IDEAS
Wise storage allows for tools, spares, and
food that can help you save money because
you have them aboard when you need
them. Try Space Bags for storage of dry
clothes and bedding (rather than dedicating a big locker space for their storage)
www.spacebags.com. Also try vacuum-bag
sealing systems for food storage. You can
also lightly coat metal spares or specialty
tools in oil, and vac-pack them to keep
them corrosion- and rust-free.