Maintenance Boat Prevention Disaster
I have had the privilege to work on some sport fish boats that were fine crafted pieces of art as much as they were fishing machines.
Acres of teak and varnish make a fragile working environment where it is easy to take one step forward and ten steps back.
We develop an awareness of what I have called “D P”. This stands for “Disaster Potential” and we work hard to control it. For example, never leave tools perched in places where they can easily fall and chip paint or dent surfaces. Lay your cordless drill on it’s side, not upright on the battery and so on.
Don’t set down an open bottle of wax over a teak deck, always cover the areas you’re working around and tape off adjacent surfaces where you’re working. Don’t sharpen hooks over your boat, as the filings will become a shower of rust dots.
Now you don’t have to be on a multi-million dollar boat to use this mindset. Your boat is valuable to you and it still costs a bunch of money to fix damage that happens.
Take the extra time to prep your area and prevent disaster from taking you backwards. It is good to be proud of your work!