Problem Solving

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2010 • all rights reserved

Unfortunately, there are certain problems that occur all too often on boats.  The good news is that frequently, other people have figured out ways to solve them.Unfortunately, there are certain problems that occur all too often on a boat.  The good news is that frequently, other people have figured out ways to either solve the problems or at least cope with them.  If you’re just thinking of cruising, don’t let this list scare you off — the rewards of cruising far outweigh the problems.

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  1. Hi,
    I wonder if you may be able to help me?
    We own and charter sailing yachts in Turkey. We try to give our clients the best service possible and try our best to fit our galley yachts out with the very best equipment.We have many problems with this and one of the major ones is that we provide plastic glasses but clients tend to put ‘ouzo’ in them which dis-colours them and it is impossibe to remove the smell or white colour that it leaves behind. Any suggestions on how to clean them?? Many thanks

    • I’m guessing that it’s a chemical reaction between the plastic and the ouzo, not something that can be cleaned away — ouzo is a pretty potent liquor! Switching to glass might be your only choice if you want to avoid the problem.

  2. I work on sea going tugs and we do not have a “cook” and are to clean up after ourselves. Most are good at this (or decent enough) but a couple just are slobs. How is the best way to aproch this? Are there any good “keep the galley clean” signs out there?

  3. Kay Klepfer says:

    Hey there Carolyn,
    I thank you for so many tips for long term cruising. My husband, Rick and I intended to start our crusing experience on our trawler this fall. Sell all and just go!
    Problem I find is keeping my skillet (cast iron) from rusting between use. Like your idea of putting cell phones etc in the oven or microwave is incredable., to protect in a storm. … I tried storing my cast iron after a sweet rub of olive oil, in the oven, seems it does well but it is not always put back in the oven for storage. Ideas???
    Also, I’m working on your sugestions of less need of butter, oil in cooking. Are you trying to make me look like I did 50 years ago? You should add to your e-mail diet chef!
    Thanks and hope you or your readers have a clue….she’s a good skillet!
    KK

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