Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine – February 2019

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666812345759084 Pontoon & Deck Boat February (^201913)
By Madison Weaver
with clean water first, scrub it lightly
then let it sit while you mix the
vinegar solution. Combine a half cup
of white vinegar with a half-gallon
of warm water and pour the mixture
into small areas of the floor at a time.
Let the vinegar sit in that area for
several minutes before scrubbing it with a
soft brush. Once you’ve cleaned all the small sections, rinse
the fabric with clean water again. Let the fabric dry completely before jetting
off on your next boating adventure.

  1. Wine Corks Key Chain
    Your car keys don’t get the same safety precautions as the keys to your boat. Without a key float, your
    car keys are dying to slip out of your hands and into the depths of the lake. You could buy a key float, but you
    probably already have a free version sitting at home: wine corks. A wine cork key chain is simple to assemble and
    the buoyancy of the cork will keep your keys afloat.
    To make a wine cork key chain all you need is small screw eyes and a few paper key labels. For the first step, just twist
    the screw eye directly into one end of the cork, preferably the end not already punctured by the corkscrew. Once you’ve
    secured the hook, add a metal ring onto it. Then the last step is to attach your car keys.
    Doing a float test before taking it out on the lake is a good idea. But once you’re done, you’ll have a simple key float
    made from items sitting around your house.
    6. Gear Hammocks
    This cheap storage trick is perfect for smooth
    water cruising. You can find gear hammocks
    online — if you don’t already own one — for an
    affordable price. A gear hammock packs fragile
    items like produce and snacks perfectly, and
    utilizes space that would otherwise not serve as
    Make sure not to store heavy items, or the
    gear hammock may give out. To keep the items
    extra safe, don’t hang the hammock directly
    next to a sidewall, or the waves may leave your
    produce with some bruises.
    7. Fishy Hands
    As fishermen know, smelly bait and fish odor
    linger on your fingers. No matter how often you
    wash your hands the stench clings to your skin
    and under your fingernails.
    Keeping some toothpaste on board may fix
    this problem. Mix any mint toothpaste — the
    kind that includes baking soda is best — with
    your liquid hand soap. Lather, rinse, repeat, and
    your hands will smell good as new. •

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