Although we’ve only just started to see its effects, I know now that the battle to keep corrosion in check will be never ending. Here is a list of things that I’ve cleaned and then lubricated with some sort of anti-corrosion spray in just the past week:
- All bolts on the case of our Honda 2000 generator
- All zippers and snaps on our dodger
- Miscellaneous parts on our 3 Yamaha outboards
- Outboard motor locks
- Miscellaneous carabiners
I am positive there were a number of others!
Want to know what happens when this isn’t done? Things seize shut, and in some cases, for good. For example, I made the mistake of allowing 2 padlocks to sit in the bottom of our dinghy for too long back in Georgetown, one on each end of a long cable that we use to lock the dinghy. Because we didn’t lock the dinghy while in GT, save for the first day, they never got opened. Now, they just won’t. At all. I’ve tried cleaning (fresh water), soaking (vinegar) and spraying (anti-seize) them to no avail. I would just cut them off and be done with it but of course I bought super-duper, can’t-be-cut locks. The massive bolt cutters that we keep on board won’t scratch them and the locks just laugh at our hack saw. Hmmmm.
Not wanting to have that happen with any crucial systems, we’re being preemptive, trying to stay at least one small step ahead of old man rust.
He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. Menander
On the bright side though, we’re now legal in the Turks and Caicos, having cleared into the country with customs yesterday.
Yes, now we’re legal!
That warrants a hug.
The customs office is at the commercial dock.
And yes, the weather is definitely tropical now. Finally!
Oh, and perhaps someone should talk to these guys about corrosion too.
Down with the Q (quarantine) Flag. Unfortunately we have no T&C courtesy flag to put up in its place. That’s OK though… we won’t be here long enough for anyone to worry about it.