Always use a new lock washer or lock nut
when removing lock nuts or lock washers always throw them away immediately or they will end up back in the tool box.
If a nut needs to be locked on, then use both a chemical lock as well as mechanical.
wire or rope
, always buy at least 2 meteres more than required, because too much doesnt matter as much as too little does.
when measuring for a new main halyard
, remind the person doing the measurement that you not only need the height of the mast
, but you also need to double that plus deck
Never try to re-splice old double braid.
a/f masking tape, and telling yourself that you will be removing it before it starts to degrade, is a preparation for hours of fun trying to remove adhesive
from just above the A/F
polish the hull
before doing the A/F - otherwise polish on the A/F will reduce the effectiveness of the A/F and make it look yuck
a quick sanding
over the old A/F especially at the boot topping, should be done prior to doing the A/F, but only after the hull
a few minutes work to feather the edges of a/f hollows will reveal if the previous layer is falling off, and this better done before applying a new layer .
workmen climbing the ladder up into your boat will always have dirty boots, and invariably will kick the hull through the ladder rungs - a pvc ladder back will prevent a lot of work. One of those special mats that soak up the dirt at the top of the ladder will also pay dividends.