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Extending the lives and serviceability of padlocks on a boat



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What is the issue?
General purpose padlocks are subject to harsh conditions on boats causing them to corrode and seize.

Why address this?
The harsh marine environment will reduce a padlocks serviceable life and when once seized it is a challenge to unlock or remove it.

How to address this?
Cut away a plastic bottle to create a cover as illustrated below. Slide the cover over the lock when leaving the vessel for any duration so that it keeps the water out.

Cut a plastic bottle to make padlock cover
Photo: Tony Gibson

Using a cover in conjunction with regular silicon water repellent type lubricant will help a padlock deliver problem free service for many years.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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