Boating is the only activity in which you get to be a carpenter, a mechanic, a painter, a seamstress, an electrician and a plumber. But even the pros know that keeping it simple is often the best way to address a problem and get on with enjoying the boat. So rather than spend time running to the marine supply store, we’ll use lip balm to lubricate canvas snaps. We’ll use a turkey baster to suck the debris from a sea strainer rather than disassemble the whole thing. We douse cables with baby powder when installing new equipment, knowing that they’ll pull more easily through tubes and pipes. We’ve gleaned a boatload of cheap, fast and easy boatyard tips so you can better enjoy your time on the water.