tubes of sika flex ,5200 ,polysulfide or pu adhesive sealant
that have been opened and partially used ,store in the fridge or freezer
,will still be usable months later.
un-used portions of 2 pack paint
that has been mixed ,if kept in the freezer
will be still useable the next day.
replace the retaining spring in lipseals on the impellor pump
with an o ring of similar size and the lipseal will stay sealed many times longer than the spring which will corrode after about a year
always grease threads on bolts when re-assembling outboards if you ever want to get them apart again.
with a blow torch stubborn bolts and nuts then applying a few drops of engine oil
and letting cool which sucks in the oil
as the metal cools is far safer and more effective than penetrating oil that is a lot more inflamable if used in enclosed spaces.
keep your antifouling rollers and brushes
in a bucket of water
between coats,a few shakes and they are ready to use again for the next coat.
vinegar and a few drops of cooking
oil in the head
will keep it sweet and lubricated.
decant rice,flour,pasta ,oats etc into plastic storage
containers and add a few bay leaves and it will keep indefinitly without bug infestations.
top up jars of pickles,olives,pesto with olive oil once opened to prevent mould forming.
wrap pots of rice,stews ,curries once they have boiled in a a kitchen towel and a blanket or sleeping bag and they will stay warm and continue cooking
for hours afterwards
always use a preventer on the mainsail
unless it is fully sheeted in, this prevents wear and potential accidents to any one on deck
from the boom.
refrain from using the autopilot
for the first 24-48 hours on ocean passages and let new crew hand steer this teaches them to steer by compass
,relieves seasickness and gets them into good sleep/ watch routine and may be fortuitious if the autopilot
packs up in less then optimal conditions later.
red gel plastic material is useful for covering up lights in the saloon
to preserve night vision.
oral rehydration solution, added to a liter of water
will keep most sever cases of sea sickness
hydrated and provide eletrolytes to keep crew functioning even if unable to consume food
carry seasickness suppositories and offer to insert them...amazingly very few of my crew ever need them.........