13. Push, Push, Push
For cleaner caulk lines, use a cartridge gun, not toothpaste-style tubes, and always push rather than pull the gun.
14. Move It or Lose It
If your trailer is used only for spring launch and fall haul, make sure to move it a few feet once in a while to prevent the bearings from taking a set; alternatively, jack it up and spin the wheels once in a while. It’s also a good idea to tow the trailer a mile or so to exercise the tires and help prevent belt separation.
Lubricate filter gaskets with a dab of oil before installing to ensure the O-ring doesn’t bind.
16. Lid Kid
Using a large nail, punch holes in the rim of paint cans to allow excess paint to drain back into the can rather than clogging the rim and making a poor seal with the lid.
17. Lost Contact
Do you have a transom-mounted transducer that’s not working so well? Assuming the mounting height and location are good, try angling the face forward a few degrees; that is, press down a bit on the rear of the transducer.
18. Spray Away
While we love WD-40 and its myriad uses, we prefer silicone spray lubricant, like CRC Heavy Duty Silicone ($8.48, jamestowndistributors.com), to coat our engine power heads and blocks, because it dries to a waxy film rather than staying wet, and so doesn’t attract grit and dirt. Spray the entire engine when cold with this twice a season, paying particular attention to fasteners, and your mechanic will love you.