Don’t throw away that old hose. Cut a piece about a foot long, split it and put it around your dock lines and anchor lines where they pass through the chocks to prevent chaffing.
Kitty Litter Below
When you put your boat up for a period of time put a few boxes of kitty litter below. It will absorb moisture, reduce mildew, and eliminate odors.
The Handy Coat Hanger
Always have a metal coat hanger in your tool kit. It can be used to:
- free hose blockages
- hook something in an inaccessible area
- used to replace a cotter pin
- used as a temporary tie down
- free blocked limber holes
Off-Season Maintenance – Paint
The off-season in many parts of the country can be used to maintain, upgrade or plan for the fun of the upcoming spring and summer boating season. A few “Rules of Thumb” that come to mind may help you with your winter activities.
Need a new coat of paint? In order to estimate how much paint to purchase use the following formulas. (Measurements should be in feet and your answers will be in square feet to cover). You then need to refer to the manufacturer’s brochures or the paint can itself to see how much paint is required to cover the square footage area.
Bottom Paint: Use the Load Waterline Length (LWL) times the beam times the draft.
For full keel boats multiple this figure by .75. For lighter boats with less keel multiply this figure by .50.
Example: LWL = 30 Beam = 10 Draft = 5 30 X 10 X 5 = 1500 X .75 = 1125 sq. feet to cover for a full keel boat.
Decks: Overall length of deck times the beam times .75. (subtract area of cockpit and deck structures)
Example: Deck length = 34 Beam = 10 34 X 10 X .75 = 255 square feet
Topsides: Overall length plus beam time 2 times the average freeboard.
Example: Overall length = 36 Beam = 12 Avg. Freeboard = 5 36 + 12 X 10 = 480 sq. feet.