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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls, please.
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