Simple Solutions (Cruising World, January 2009)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

As we cruised, Dave and I kept finding simple ways to solve common problems cheaply. This is my manuscript detailing several of those, which was published in Cruising World in January 2009 as “Keep It Quick, Cheap and Simple.”

All are under $5, quick and easy to implement, not specific to one type of boat and address issues faced by numerous boaters — from weekenders to around-the-world voyagers.  Included:

  • Keeping Band-Aids On
  • Keep Sealants Fresh
  • Before Moving Boat Checklist
  • Carrying Boat Cards in the Dinghy
  • Emergency Info
  • Safe Heading Out
  • A Clog-Free Head
  • Normal Operation Marks
  • Water Vent Screens
  • Slotted Zinc Screw
  • plus 5 more tips from friends

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  1. Very helpful tips. Thanks for resharing. Is that a word? Anyway, the most helpful one for me was the line rubbing noise. I have been using dish soap for the fenders and lines all these years.

  2. Love these helpful hints!

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