With the laying up season drawing ever closer, already underway in the far North, I thought it would be worth reminding avid readers that if you want to keep a eye on your boatyard or marina electricity consumption over the winter months, maybe concerned that your near neighbour is 'borrowing' your supply or that you may be being charged for more than you are consuming why not consider purchasing a Metermaid as first blogged about in 'Check Your Winter Consumption'.
An excellent product that we started stocking this year after a thorough evaluation by our own staff and yours truly was the Tercoo rotary flexible stripper. We very quickly found it was a great time saver when our staff were tasked with refurbishing the cast iron keels on what had been a sadly neglected twin bilge keel Hunter. Incidentally I blogged about this superb product back in March ('Better late than never') after I used It on a rusty race boat keel and found it cut down our preparation time dramatically. On the strength of my recommendation we then sold a couple to a skipper who is stripping off all the underwater coatings from his steel 40 footer, his thoughts if I remember on the Tercoo was, "a brilliant bit of kit, almost makes it a joy to be removing rust and the various coatings applied by the previous owner!"
Speaking of time savers and underwater surface preparation, when we lifted Hindsight earlier this year to carry on epoxying the hull, we needed to coat the surfaces hidden by the cradle supports. Even though the boatyard who lifted her did an excellent job of washing her down we found that Starbrite Boat Bottom Cleaner made light work of removing the fouling that the marina wasn't able to. Read my blog 'Saved My Bacon' for more revelations on how good this product is! Incidentally it's also great for removing fouling from stainless steel prop shafts and of course propellers, assuming they have not been anti fouled.
Y10 is one of those products we sell bucket loads of even though it comes in a tub containing 300gms of this amazing product, it's great for removing rust stains from glass fibre (see images before and after taken on Hindsight as we enjoyed a leisurely lunch at anchor) Y10 is brilliant for removing the brown waterline stains that often appears on older boats, see my blog 'Before & After'
PS. Don't miss next weeks much longer article on laying up, it's full of excellent advice and written by the guys at www.marinechandlery.com; sailors with over 175 years of combined experience.