Maintain and Improve Your Powerboat: 100 Ways to Make Your by Paul Esterle

By Paul Esterle

Dozens of DIY tasks to maintain your boat having a look sturdy and operating good This wide-ranging initiatives ebook covers upkeep, maintenance, and enhancements to enhance convenience, application, visual appeal, price, safeguard, and delight of powerboats as much as 35 toes lengthy. tasks comprise typical upkeep like altering engine oil and getting ready for iciness garage; minor maintenance like rebedding deck undefined; and improvements like developing new garage and enhancing your boat’s gas potency.

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Fuel line hoses must be rated for use with fuel and must be installed with two hose clamps at every connection. Replace the deck and finish it off as described in Replacing Cockpit Soles and Decks earlier in this chapter, and you are good to go. This page intentionally left blank Chapter 3 Cabin and Galley T cockpit when I wanted and just as easily pack it up and return it below when I finished a meal. My galley box design features separate compartments for plates, bowls, and mugs. You can size these compartments for disposable plates, bowls, and cups, but I like unbreakable dinnerware such as Melmac or Corel, which makes mealtime a lot less like camping.

Make sure there are no critical plumbing, wiring, or structural components in the way. Otherwise, follow the same procedures as described in Adding Access Hatches earlier in this chapter. Handholds Additional handholds are cheap insurance against falls on board or even falling over the side. A visit to your local marine store or a marine products website will give you an idea of the variety of handholds available today. They range from traditional teak handholds to stainless steel or even polymer “lumber” units.

Many permanently installed tanks are, in fact, aluminum. Unfortunately, most tank leaks are discovered by traces of fuel in the bilge water. It will usually start out as a light sheen on the water. Pay atten- tion, because this is extremely dangerous, and it’s bad for the environment if any gets pumped overboard. It’s also illegal, and the Coast Guard will levy a hefty fine against you if you’re caught (and the sheen is a dead giveaway). Before assuming the leak is from the tank, make sure there are no leaks in the fuel lines.

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