What is the issue?General purpose padlocks are subject to harsh conditions on boats causing them to corrode and seize.
Why address this?The harsh marine environment will reduce a padlocks serviceable life and when one seized it is a challenge to remove.
How to address this?Cut away a plastic bottle to create a cover as presented in figure 1. Slide the cover over the lock when leaving the vessel for any duration so that it keeps the water out.
Using a cover in conjunction with regular silicon water repellent type lubricant will help a padlock deliver problem free service for many years.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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