When you are prepping for a project on you boat, take a second to think about the prevention of damage to other parts during the process.
There is nothing more frustrating to me, than going backwards on a project.
Here are a few quick photos from a couple of small projects on my new micro-skiff. The first two involve protecting the surrounding area as I prepare to drill holes through the aluminum jackplate to bolt the motor directly to it and not rely upon the thumbscrews, which can vibrate loose causing yet more issues.
I’ve placed several layers of masking tape on the metal edge where my drill head could touch and eat through the paint while spinning. Using multiple layers of tape is required, to buy you time and protection till you realize you are touching and stop before there is paint damage. Any little nick in your paint and you open a spot for corrosion to start.
On the otherside of the motor, there were hydraulic steering lines in the area that my drill bit will pop through, so I placed a piece of wood to serve as a buffer or backstop to prevent a nicked line, that would start a whole new project. That is what I mean by going backwards.
Lastly is a shot under the boat as I prepared to cut a hole for a thru-hull fitting. I drilled a small pilot hole to confirm my measurements and decided to move the hole aft a little bit. The pilot hole will be included in the cutout. I have taped the hull to prevent cracking and taped the running shopvac hose to suck up the dust before it fills my eyes with fiberglass.
While these are not earth shattering items themselves, the theory of an ounce of prevention can save you from a bunch of frustration and extra costs.