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Maintenance Q & A — October 2003
By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Seek the Leak
Cleaning Isinglass, Proper Line Maintenance
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Do you have any tips for keeping isinglass in good shape? M.I., via e-mail
The best maintenance is to wash your isinglass down with fresh water and some mild detergent like Ivory liquid every time you use your boat. Use clean, lint-free cotton towels or a high-quality sheepskin wash mitt. Do not use any cleaner that contains ammonia, which will discolor the plastic. When storing isinglass, make sure it is dry and rolled up instead of folded. If you have room to lay it down flat while not in use, separate layers with a clean, nonabrasive material such as lint-free cotton to prevent scratching.

There are products that can help clean and prolong the life of isinglass. Try Meguire’s Mirror Glass #17 or Star brite’s Plastic Polish Restorer. Both are available at most marinas and marine supply stores.

What is the proper maintenance for my dock and anchor lines? L.S., via e-mail
Once or twice a season, remove your anchor line from the locker and lay it out on the dock, as this will eliminate kinks and prevent the growth of mildew. This will also allow the locker to dry out. Periodically—and especially after an extended cruise—soak dock lines in a large cooler filled with warm fresh water to lift out embedded dirt. Try adding a little fabric softener to the water, and then rinse your lines a second time. To protect dock lines from UV rays, store them below decks or in a locker when not in use, making sure that they are properly coiled and away from heat, chemicals, and moisture. You can also extend the life of your dock lines by occasionally reversing ends and alternating use with extra lines to prevent concentrated wear.

Need help with a maintenance problem? Write to Maintenance Q & A, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: No phone calls, please.

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This article originally appeared in the September 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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