problems with the head?

A dash of cooking oil ( olive, soya, sunflower etc) in the bowl every now and then lubricates and cleans the pump. Half a litre of vinegar every month looses the scale deposits from uric acid and salt water.

stains on teak from metal

Beer cans, tins, brass etc., together with moisture will rapidly form stains on untreated teak. Procedure; Sprinkle some lemon juice on the dried spot, repeat until gone. This also works on fabric.

untreated teak

Untreated teak also needs some treatment - one or two times per season the dry teak should be washed with a strong solution of water and Grønnsåpe ( i.e. liquid natural soap made out of fat and potassium hydroxide ). This should be whipped to foam. Don't rinse it away, just leave it to dry. This treatment adds some fat from the soap to the teak and helps repel dirt. and don't forget; the teak needs salt water!

stainless steel

Autosol metal polish is used for polishing stainless steel, cleaning the fenders and for rubbing the hull when needed. You can also add a teaspoon or two to your favourite polish cream, and it will remove any spots while polishing.


treating the rig

All details in the rig, and especially an anodized aluminium mast, needs once a year a thorough cleaning , followed by a very thin layer of non-acid and silicone free oil. e.g. Alu Guard by Hempel. This actually costs more than a bottle of whiskey, but it is very economical - 250ml lasted for 15 years treatment of the mast and rig of a 32' Comfortina.

plastic windows in the sprayhood

The plastic windows in the sprayhood consists of 70-80% etheric oils, that is easily washed off by normal detergents - the result is milky and stiff windows, Use Grønnsåpe - again, it adds natural fat.

detergents onboard

There are thousands of special Yacht Cleaners on offer, all of them costing more than a decent bottle of whiskey, but there are cheaper alternatives: Grønnsåpe is an old household cleaning product in Norway, and is used for regular cleaning of hull, deck, sprayhood, rig details, stainless steel etc. Grønnsåpe leaves a layer of fat that makes smooth surfaces repel water, it actually looks like they have just been polished. Works on any surface; gelcoat, polished stainless steel, aluminium - try to wash your car with it! For heavy duty cleaning before polishing, a biodegradable degreaser ( the one you get at car supplies shops for cleaning engine and removing tar from the bodywork) is used on the hull. Instead of special Yacht Cleaners use a normal dish washing detergent like Zalo.

problems making fast ?

In calm and quiet natural harbours I hate having to listen to people banging on bolts. This I do for two reasons; one is that the quietness is sort of broken and the other is that they are actually damaging the rock and leaves nasty marks behind.


Get yourself some nuts instead, They are available at assorted sport shops, and quite inexpensive.

Climbers uses these nuts for safety anchors, and they are much safer than bolts, and easier to use than bolts and stronger than bolts! You can hoist your car up in one of them!

Just find a crack in the rock, that narrows towards the boat, and put a suitable nut in there. No damage to the rock, doesn't make any noise and supports at least 1000kg!

PS. For the people out there who claims this is a new method for making fast, I've been using this method for more than 20 years! DS.