- Boatyard survival tip #1: Take your own ladder.
- Boatyard survival tip #2: lock it to your boat or cradle.
The easy way to winterize: Vacuum the last of the water out of the tanks and then make a gadget like this to T-off the plumbing to feed antifreeze into the pipe. Saves a bunch of pink stuff too.
Note, if you have foot-valves on the pickups, as we do, vacuum the pickups from the top—forget and you will be replacing said pickups in the spring.
Once a year, whether she needs it or not. Too much cleaning is perverted.
Show me a boat with a dirty greasy oven and I will show you a crew that eat well.
I really like these little electric pumps from Greybeard. Great for pumping the ATF out of our marine gear, which does not have a hand pump like the engine does.
Thanks to Jeff over at Active Captain for turning me on to them.
If you tend to be clumsy and messy, like a guy I see every time I shave, there’s no such thing as too many drop cloths.
Knee pads, one of the most useful tools on a boat at decommissioning time while grovelling around on the cabin sole, at least for those of us with aging knees. I get them from…you guessed it, McMaster-Carr.
Do you have any cool tricks and tips for laying-up your boat? Please leave a comment.