All Hands On Deck

It's where you'll spend most of your time. Here's how to keep it shipshape.

Rub Rail Replacement

Matching your existing rail and insert can take research. Aluminum rails are typically sold in 10-foot lengths. Drilling new holes and filling the old ones is sometimes necessary because the old screw holes can get too worn out to hold screw threads. Let the rubber insert sit in the sun for an hour or two before installing it to make it more pliable.


Dam Leak Detector

Suspect a piece of deck hardware is allowing water below, but can't confirm it by flooding with a hose? Try kid's modeling clay. Use the clay to build a watertight dam around the suspect item, then fill it with water. If the water level declines, leak confirmed.


Capacity Plate

It's there for a reason! Keep a mental note of all the gear (and count the people and roughly their weight) you're loading onto a small boat. Coolers full of ice and beverages can add up. You don't have to go around asking everyone's weight (you most likely will not have a capacity problem on your next trip if you decide to do so!) the calculations behind the plate have done that for you. Just stick to the numbers on the plate, and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the USCG have the rest covered!


Down The Hatch

Good gaskets and/or new hatches, from the deck to the "tween hull area, may save you from sinking in the next rainstorm when the leaves blow from the trees. This will also help prevent flooding when backing down, working that huge fish.


Stuck Fastener? Pass The Steak Sauce ...

This is a secret whispered to me by an old Michigan master plumber. Whenever I encounter a stuck nut or bolt on my boat, I go to the pantry and reach for the Worcestershire sauce. I soak the stuck bolt or nut with the sauce, wait 10 to 15 minutes, tap it, and the stuck becomes unstuck. Worcestershire sauce has a fine oil content that penetrates. Try it! It works. But after the stuck nut or bolt becomes free, there's a strong desire to go and eat steak.This is a secret whispered to me by an old Michigan master plumber. Whenever I encounter a stuck nut or bolt on my boat, I go to the pantry and reach for the Worcestershire sauce. I soak the stuck bolt or nut with the sauce, wait 10 to 15 minutes, tap it, and the stuck becomes unstuck. Worcestershire sauce has a fine oil content that penetrates. Try it! It works. But after the stuck nut or bolt becomes free, there's a strong desire to go and eat steak. 

 

 

— Published: Fall 2014


BoatUS TRAILER ASSIST® Provides:

  • On-the-road assistance for your trailer and vehicle
  • Only $38 Annually! ($24 Membership + $14 TRAILER ASSIST)

About TRAILER ASSIST®