It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about an often neglected, but highly important and necessary part of an enjoyable day out on the water - your docklines. Though the coils shown here allow you to proudly hang your lines out for all to see, it’s a good idea to stow them out of the sun if your boat is not going to be used for a few days or weeks. UV rays cause nylon to become weak and brittle over time, so you’ll extend the life of your lines by stowing them in the shade. It’s also not a bad idea to give your lines a bath every now and then; a cup of bleach per gallon of fresh water, plus a few drops of dish soap, will remove salt and stains. You can also add a dash of fabric softener to the bucket to make the lines more flexible and easier on the hands. Dry the lines before stowing to prevent mildew. Hang your coiled lines where you can access them quickly while you’re on the water. It’s best to stow them for long periods out of the sunlight, however. Having your lines untangled and ready as you approach the dock is easy if you coil your lines properly after each use. Call us anytime at #MarinerServicesInc. at (239)776-4253 for all your boat maintenance and vessel management needs!