I thought I'd resurrect this thread.. it may be useful to more recent members and good for a re-read.
A couple of things to share:
One of my pet peeves is the dirt that collects under lines
running on deck, spinn poles stored on deck, etc.. the dirt becomes very difficult to remove, almost seeming ingrained into the deck. I usually find ways to tension lines
or store them in such a way that they do not rest on the surface..
With the spinnaker
pole, this issue is compounded when the bridles and possibly trip lines
add to the dirt 'pattern' on deck. We've hit upon a solution for this one that is working well.
We also store our halyards clipped to the perforated toerail to avoid the wind chimes of halyard slap whether moored or aboard in the night. What we've taken to doing is, when at the marina, sliding the spinnaker
pole between the taut halyards and the stanchions - the pole is held well off the deck, the bridles can be wrapped around the pole and so they too are not a problem. This also facilitates scrubbing the deck without having the move the pole from it's chocks
. Of course under way and while cruising the pole is chocked as normal...
Another trick I stumbled upon was a way to check zincs without resorting to a haulout or diver. I always keep a mechanic's mirror on board, very handy. This time of year the water in our marina is quite clear. I found I was able to clearly see the zincs' conditions while leaning over the edge of the dock, putting the mirror in the water and adjusting the angle for a good view of the shaft and prop zincs. Even with a small 2"x3" mirror it's quite clear. I figure if I can't see enough to know they're still there it's time to haul and change them.