Going Coastal

Practical Boating Tips

Boaters are always looking for easy practical boating maintenance tips. Changing cockpit enclosures from summer mesh to Eisenglas in the winter. You find the zipper does not glide smoothly and gets stuck. If you are exasperated with those plastic steps that move around on the pier and you are about to discard them, a solution follows. Have your lines dropped down into the water and need cleaning?

Following are three easy practical boating maintenance tips.

  1. Zipper gliding tip: Use beeswax, lip balm or a dry spray lubricant.
  2. Plastic steps anchoring: Use cinder blocks inside the steps to keep the steps from moving on the pier. For three steps, use four, 8 inches by 8 inches by 16 inches cinder blocks available at Home Depot and Lowe's. Your marina dockmaster will like you for not drilling holes in the finger docks.
  3. Dock lines need to be cleaned at least once a year to keep them pliable. Use a five-gallon bucket that is half-filled with hot water. Pour one cup of fabric softener and one cup of laundry detergent into the bucket. Add your lines to the bucket and cover with water. Let sit overnight. Take lines out the next day, rinse with fresh water and dry on the pier. Now the lines are ready to attach to your boat and coil or stow away.

If you have easy practical boating maintenance tips, please submit to cheryl at OnTheWaterLifestyle.com (without the spaces).

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