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October 27, 2009

October '09 Reader Tips

The latest collection of great ideas sent in by SWS readers

 

Bottoms Up

Everyone knows that boat bottoms can quickly accumulate unwanted growth, especially in a saltwater environment, and everyone should know the importance of keeping them clean. Doing so requires a good bit of elbow grease. It's a chore that's no fun, any way you slice it. So here's an easy and inexpensive trick that makes this task a little bit easier on your upper body. My father, being the clever fellow that he is, suggested putting an old foam fender on the end of a scrub brush. Naturally, the float forces the brush upward, toward the bottom of the boat. This makes it possible to scrub with force using minimal effort. I prefer to use an old fender, but a pool noodle works just as well.

Derek Thole
Amityville, New York