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In general a good idea, but without any kind of sorting it, who is going through hundreds of hints, if he/she is looking for something?
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I would guess use the search tool, or google for something in particular. I enjoy reading many threads from the beginning to end even if they are old. We all get through life differently........i2f
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Update on the polishing tip that I posted last week. Works GREAT. It's the same setup and I use the same cleaner/wax (3M Cleaner and Wax) that the yard uses. I was able to do half the starboard side (about 19' - 25% of the boat) in about an 1.25 hours. It looks like it just came out of the mold. Put a little of the wax/cleaner on the cheapo vibrator buffer and spread it around, cleaning the hull. Then switch to the polisher to buff/polish and remove the wax. I think that the yard uses too much wax and it gums up their polisher pad from what I can see.
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Two new tips:

1. Use petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the knotmeter impeller to keep off growth. I installed my knotmeter in June and slathered it with Vaseline. Reapplied in August. Pulled the boat yesterday and no growth at all! I read about this tip somewhere (maybe this thread?). Works great.

2. On the recommendation of my yard owner, painted my prop with 2 coats Interlux Primocon prior to bottom painting. It isolated the bronze prop from the bottom paint and prevented the copper in the paint from acting as a zinc. Pulled the boat yesterday and there was only one barnacle. In the past, applying bottom paint directly to the prop was worthless and had to clean it 2-3 times a season (Chesapeake Bay, May- Nov).
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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...

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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.
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great thread - some good info here

Thanks for resurrecting this, I missed it until now.
My tip - I use my camera phone as a big part of my boat notebook. When ideas strike, parts or supplies are needed I snap a quick picture as a reminder. Shooting parts with serial numbers or model numbers makes life easier when ordering, having a snapshot of a problem gives me time to figure out solutions while off the boat.
An extension of this is using evernote (Remember Everything | Evernote Corporation)(not affiliated, I just use it cause it works well) as a repository for all my photos, notes, manuals, receipts and other boat stuff. WIth my phone, Ipad or computer I can call all this stuff up easily. It is a great time saver.

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Here's a picture of the pole storage idea posted above.. got it this past weekend..

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Here's a picture of the pole storage idea posted above.. got it this past weekend.......
Cool idea. A couple of velcro wraps around the pole and stanchion would make me more comfortable underway. Spin poles are expensive.

edit: Just noticed this wasn't your underway plan. Cooler.
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