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Make engine maintenance more comfortable
Engines are typically buried in the bowels of a yacht and are often hot when they require attention. If sailing in warm climates, the engine compartment or engine room can become very uncomfortable.

Making engine maintenance easier
Engines are typically inaccessible and away from natural light. This makes it very difficult to identify developing problems that could be readily apparent in good light. It also makes it uncomfortable, unnecessarily slow and frustrating to address and service.

Reducing varnished brightwork maintenance
Most yachts have varnished wooden details above decks. This degrades quickly under strong sun (ultraviolet) light and damp conditions. Once the varnished surface degrades the wood is susceptible to water damage very quickly and once this happens you have lost it.

Removing stripes and stickers from boats
Boat stripes and stickers tend to degrade and look bad in time. Although they can be removed and replaced it is not easy to get the originals off.

Winterising 'checklist' for hardstanding where power is not available
When the boat is lifted out of the water for the winter there is a range of tasks that will help it come through the winter intact. If there is no electrical power to provide any warming the most important of all the preparations is to prevent frost damage to items that contain water.

Protecting the bow from anchor strikes
Some anchors have a tendency to swing back and strike the fiberglass underneath the anchor rollers when being weighed. This leads to the gelcoat getting scuffed and chipped.

Protecting the topsides from the mooring buoy
Once the moorings have been picked up and belayed, the vessel has a tendency to run on pulling the mooring buoy tight against the hull. This also may happen whilst unattended on moorings. If wind and current are turning about or working in opposition, yachts have a tendency to press forward against a mooring buoy. Unfortunately many mooring buoys that have protruding metal parts can easily scratch and mark the topsides.

Protecting the topsides when coming alongside a rough harbour wall
Some harbour walls can be very uneven, rough or have posts imbedded, that make fender boards necessary to adequately protect the vessels top sides.

Preventing lifting soles boards from scratching surrounding vertical surfaces and jamming
Modern yachts tend to have lifting sole boards right up against vertical surfaces. In time these boards tend to swell and jam so they have to be yanked out. As this happens they strike and scratch the adjacent surfaces.

Reducing the chance of developing a diesel cabin odour
Changing the primary fuel filter and draining the bowl during an engine service runs a high risk of splashing diesel about the engine. Equally a badly sealed fuel filter can drip fuel. This fuel then sticks to the surface with the excess seeping down into the bilge. This causes the cabin to develop a diesel-mildew odour.


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