Be careful when rigging your boat so that you don’t lose equipment while out on the water. Losing a daggerboard, tiller extension, or part of your mast isn’t exactly ideal for you or the environment! There are plenty of instructional videos available online showing how to rig your boat to avoid losing parts. This includes your bailer! One of the best ways to secure it is to tie a piece of bungee cord (the length of your wingspan) to your bailer. Then, attach a carabiner to the other end of the bungee so you can clip it somewhere secure on your boat (bonus: you can also attach your water bottle).
Be sure to tie anything else down/attach it to your boat to ensure other items aren’t lost in the water, such as ring dings and pins. Electrical tape and cassette tape are a sailors best friend, but they are very harmful to marine life if they go overboard. If your e-tape or cassette tape falls off, make sure you put it in your life jacket or someplace safe so it can be disposed of properly on the land.
Washing your boat :
Wash and thoroughly dry your boat to eliminate biofilm and reduce biofouling. Biofilm is when bacteria settles on hard surfaces and if the biofilm spreads enough, it will attract larger organisms that will attach themselves to your boat. Biofouling refers to the flora and fauna that may become stuck to your boat during sailing. This needs to be removed (more specifically put into the trash) before storing your boat or before transporting it to another location to prevent the spread of damaging invasive species from region to region.
Choose a greener, biodegradable cleaner, some of our favorites are:
Biodegradable cleaners won’t cause harm to aquatic environments, or better still, stick to good old fresh water and a brush!
Reducing the amount of biofouling on a boat can improve efficiency so remember, a clean boat is a fast boat! To learn more about biofouling, click here and to learn about common hull fouling invasive species, click here.