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Protecting a vessel from boot grit whilst being worked on ashore
Hardstanding boats are typically stored in mud yards that have been covered with shale or gravel. This sticks into the treads of work boots and as people come and go from the vessel it gets carried aboard and trodden in around the boat.

Protecting the rudder and tiller when leaving the vessel unattended
The rudder and tiller will move around on the boat when the vessel is left unattended.

Buffing and waxing a boat to recover its gel coat
A new boat's gelcoat surface is very smooth, mirror-like and pleasing to the eye. But as the gelcoat ages, it becomes porous. The more porous it becomes the more powdery it appears, and turns grey as dirt becomes embedded within it, which makes it stain more easily. The worse it looks the harder it is to clean.

Reducing brass and bronze maintenance
Bronze or brass trimming features such as bells, cleats, winch heads, mast heads, gallows legs, wheel, gauge bezels, galley hardware, fuel caps etc look sensational and never more so than on traditional vessel. However, all copper-based metals such as brass and bronze go black in the marine environment in a matter of weeks, if not days. Boats with this type of decorative trim require an enormous amount of upkeep to keep that brightwork in good condition.

Preventing marine growth from building above the waterline on a long-distance cruising yacht.
Cruising yachts find they quickly acquire a ring of green algae growth on the topsides just above the waterline. It is very difficult to remove and despite best scrubbing efforts, it will continuously return.

How to smooth out the black caulking in teak deck joints.
Manufacturers and suppliers of teak deck caulking recommend using a flexible putty knife to smooth out freshly squeezed-out caulking.


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