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Maintenance & Damage Control Checklist

San Diego, CA

  • Electrical Wire, Solder, Connectors, Electrical Tape, etc.
  • Silicone Spray Lubricant (eg. Tri-Flow PTFE, Lanocote) and Engine Starting Fluid.
  • Fin, Mask, Snorkel & good-grip Gloves for in-water hull or prop work (also wet suit & weight belt are really useful here).
  • Spares – Zinc Plates, Collars & Pencils for electrolysis control as needed, including use in cooling system.
  • Fiberglass Material & Tape, plus resin and catalyst.
  • Caulking Gun with tubes of Silicone Caulking & Adhesive (eg. BoatLife, SikaFlex and similar 3M-Products).
  • Splash Zone or “Poxy-Putty” (both slow cure and fast cure) for underwater repair, plus Bedding Compound (Dolfinite).
  • Spares – Fuses and/or Circuit Breakers.
  • 3M Scotch-Brite Pads for “boatwork”, plus Sandpaper (wet/dry), Paint & Varnish, Primer, Thinner, and Brushes.
  • Cleaning Aids like Sponges, Rags, Chamois & Deck Brush.
  • Small Whisk Broom, Dustpan, and/or 12-Volt Vacuum.
  • Canvas Squares for use as collision mat.
  • Plywood (as large as you can stow) for emergency hull and cabin side repair, plus large nails.
  • Wood 2×4’s (as large as you can stow) plus Large Hose Clamps for splinting spars and other emergency repair.
  • Assortment of Fasteners – nuts, bolts and screws, etc.
  • Emergency Marine SSB and/or Ham Antenna.
  • Metal Primer & Acid-Etch – keep safely stored.
  • Rubber “True Plugs” and/or Tapered Plugs (wood bungs) with “Stay Afloat” Bee’s Wax – keep plugs dry but as handy to thruhulls as possible.
  • Expanded Inflatable Repair Kit, to include glue, hull fabric, valves, chemicals, etc.
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