To remove adhesive residue when replacing striping, a boat name or registration numbers, spray the glue line with a water-displacing lubricant, such as CrC. The sticky stuff should come off much easier.
12. It is Bah-looon!
For a fishing float that will both suspend a large bait, like a 2-pound filet, and then release instantly when a fish strikes, try this: a) Drop your bait to the desired depth. B) Inflate a balloon and tie it. C) Grab a loop of your fishing line about two feet long. D) Tie the balloon around both strands of the loop with a simple overhand knot. When a fish strikes, the loop pulls through the balloon knot, allowing you to battle the leviathan unhindered.
13. Oil Shtick
Use Super Glue to apply a strip of sandpaper to the inside band of your filter wrench’s strap to get a better grip on slippery filter elements.
14. Hub Dub
Your tow vehicle’s lug wrench won’t fit the nut that secures your trailer’s hubs to its axles. Carry a pair of slip-joint pliers so you can perform bearing repairs in the field and get headed back to the lake. (you do carry spare bearings and seals, right?) They work well for the cotter pin too.
Wire your gauge lights directly to the “on” position of the ignition switch and they’ll never fog — the heat from the light keeps them clear.
16. Junk Drawer No More
Label clear plastic tackle trays using removable tape — sometimes called “long mask” — across the side of the tray that’s visible when you open your tackle locker, box or bag. Mark the tape to indicate species, season or tackle type. Putting things back in their right place is still up to you.
17. Chilly Willy
Place a space blanket, silver side up, atop the ice and store it in your cooler. It will keep ice and goods chilled longer. This tip works just as well for anglers needing to keep their fish boxes cold. Space blankets are cheap and available at camping stores.
18. Hang Out
A wire coat hanger can save the day. Bend it into a hook and you can retrieve that wedding ring that fell between the outboard stringer and the hull side — under the air-conditioner and beside the engine, of course. Cut a small section and bend it into a cotter pin. If a hose is clogged, as when wasps build a nest in your tank vent fitting, it’s just the thing.
19. Sonic Shoo!
A great way to keep mice, raccoons, squirrels and other critters from making a home aboard your boat while it’s in storage is to tune a portable radio to a 24-hour all-talk station and leave it anywhere it can be heard on the boat. It makes the would-be homesteaders think you’re aboard. Check the batteries about every six weeks.
Use a grease pencil to mark the date on the element when you change a filter so you’ll know at a glance how old it is. Mark batteries the same way, and consider giving them the heave-ho after five years.