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Old 02-13-2011   #1
 
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Boat prep - The garage will be mine!

I've already told Lynda that I'm taking over her area; her car will be outside for the week. With the warm temps in Colorado I'm going to do the boat's pre-season prep this week, in between ski weekends.

That's 303'ing the boat and various rubber gaskets, prepping the oars (cataract shafts) for another season in the sun, varnishing the beaver board, cleaning the straps, putting the tools back in the repair kit, checking the frame screws, buying fresh glue, freshening the toluene, and other odds & ends. Oh, and making a list of stuff to buy!

What else do some of you do?

The first trip of the year will be here before too long!

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Old 02-14-2011   #2
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Sit in the boat for hours and dream....

1. Check dry bags for leaks
2. Bleach the groover
3. Replace dry box gaskets if needed
4. Clean the PFDs (mine are nasty looking from all the sunscreen and sweat)
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Old 02-14-2011   #3
 
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What works good on PFD's to clean them?
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Old 02-14-2011   #4
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I think there is a special cleaner, but my wife just uses the clothes detergent to get the gunk off.
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I let my pfd's soak without agitation, then spray with 303. I should have written above that I check them carefully for tears and such.
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Ya 303 works well on PFDs, I use that as well.
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dump some 303 in a 5 gallon bucket and add water. Soak your straps and ropes in it, then poor it out on your pfd's.
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I'm going to pack the bearings on my trailer! A lesson learned last year.
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Go caving!!! When do you want to go again?
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Good thread... I would love some tips on cleaning/prepping gear for a long trip.
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