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General Maintenance for Your Boat

Lake Life With Molley And Chad Podcast

Release Date: 08/06/2021

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Lake Life With Molley And Chad Podcast

Episode 32: Molley and Chad close out Season 3 with their friend Chad Hopper.  As the weather changes and the Fall colors burst, State Dock on Lake Cumberland hosts a Poker Run.  It’s the last blow out event of the season.  Lake Life with Molley and Chad is a sponsor of the 2023 Poker Run. Welcome to the Poker Run Chad explains that the is an event involving some really powerful boats on the lake.  It’s usually held over a weekend.  Molley and Chad made sure to publicize the and all the swag from t-shirts, footballs and more at this year’s event. This year,...

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Episode 31: Molley and Chad return to the Dock Crawl at State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland, for the second year in a row.  This episode will feature interviews and comments from friends and new friends who came out to enjoy a wonderful tradition. In a , you met Donzi Dale and Sandy.  They have a houseboat on the lake and invited Molley and Chad to use their boat as a home base during the event.  A special shout out to to introducing them to the Dock Crawl in 2022.  Their friend Kelly Smith was the interviewer during the 2023 event.  She did a terrific job. Recon...

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Episode 30: Molley and Chad interview Missy Johnson, owner of Lake Girl Apparel.  We’re going to talk about her brand and how it was a perfect fit, given Missy’s love for the water.  Hey, if you’re going to enjoy the Lake Life, you should look good while you’re doing it, right?  Be sure to listen to the end of the episode for a special offer! How Did Lake Girl Get Started? Missy lives in Minnesota (“the land of 10,000 lakes).  started in 2002, in Detroit Lakes, MN.  The original founder, Peggy, founded the store and focused more on a wholesale business...

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Episode 29: Molley and Chad interview Aqua Supply Co. owners Courtney and Andrew in today’s episode.  Aqua sells marine products and apparel for everyone who loves boating, beaches and the outdoors.  The four of them originally met at the Dock Crawl in 2022.  We’ll catch up on the new business and have a few laughs along the way.  So, How’s Business? Andrew is happy to say they sold out of all of the merchandise at the Cincinnati Boat Show.  is their first brand.  It’s detailing products to be use on boats, as well as cars and RVs.  Andrew has...

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Episode 28:  It’s time for another episode of Lake Life with Molley and Chad! In today’s episode, we’re joined by our friends Fran, Rob and Adam to talk about Lake Cumberland, in Kentucky.  This is a continuation of our tour of lakes across Kentucky and Tennessee.  It's time for a deep dive into what makes this lake so special. Please note:  This conversation includes a few, random curse words.  We apologize if you find them offensive.  Additionally, we thought we'd let any parents with young kids know, before you begin playing the episode. Lake Cumberland...

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Episode 27:  Welcome to Lake Life with Molley and Chad! In today’s episode, we’re joined by a group of friends to talk about Rough River Lake in Kentucky.  Our friends are Chuck, Dawn, Spence and Lisa.  This is a continuation of our tour of lakes across Kentucky and Tennessee.  Let’s jump in, so to speak. Rough River Lake Offers Diverse Activities Rough River Lake is a 65-foot deep reservoir located in Breckenridge, Hardin and Grayson counties, in Kentucky.  It offers a wised range of activities for visitors to enjoy.  It’s a popular destination for...

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Episode 26:  In this episode, Molley and Chad continue their focus on highlighting several different lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee, Trasee and Fess are here to provide insights and recommendations about Norris Lake. , located in Tennessee, is a popular destination for lake enthusiasts and vacationers alike. With its vast size, muddy waters, and unique floating communities, Norris Lake offers a one-of-a-kind experience for those seeking a lakeside getaway. Trasee and Fess have been going to Norris Lake since 2005, giving them a wealth of experience and knowledge about the area. They own...

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Episode 25:  Welcome to Lake Life with Molley and Chad! In today’s episode, we’re joined by Amy Walker and Sherri West from Walker Realty in Columbia, Kentucky. They discuss importance of having experience and education when planning to start your lake life experience. The two real estate agents advise the couple about locations, boat storage, budgeting for second homes, the importance of speaking to an accountant in order to have realistic expectations and the reasons to consider the maintenance of two homes.  Work with a Realtor When it comes to finding the perfect second...

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Episode 24:  Welcome to Lake Life with Molley and Chad! In today’s episode, our friends Jamie and Adam join us to discuss Nolin Lake in Kentucky.  It’s also called Nolin River Lake.  Interesting Facts about Nolin Lake spans parts of Hart, Grayson and Edmonson County, near Mammoth Cave National Park.  It’s another man-made lake, like . It covers roughly 5,700 acres.  There are several popular campgrounds near the lake.  They are , and .  There’s also .  The Nolin Lake State Park also features a primitive campground at Brier Creek (this may...

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Episode 23:  Welcome to Lake Life with Molley and Chad! In today’s episode, our friends Holly and Josh join us to discuss Green River Lake in Kentucky.  Let’s learn more about their lake adventures. Have fun on the lake The lake is a great place to have fun and make memories. Whether you’re fishing, tubing, skiing, or just hanging out with friends and family, there’s something for everyone. is an 8,200 acre lake with three marinas.  It’s known for its and its sense of community. People are friendly and welcoming and there’s always someone to hang out with. The...

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Episode 6:  In today’s episode, Molley and Chad are going to talk about routine maintenance for your boat.  These are things you can take care of during the season to keep your boat clean and ready.  There are all sorts of stains and bleeds you’ll need to address.  Chad covers his system for getting the boat ready for the day.

Pre-Outing Check

Chad discusses his routine for making sure everything’s ready for the day.  His first step is to check the lights, wheels and bearings to make sure the trailer is functioning properly.  Then he’ll inspect the prop.  As a tip, Chad recommends taking your shoes off before getting into the boat.  This will protect the seats and stitching. Second, he inspects the battery compartments, connections, as well as the Bimini top.  It’s much easier to do this now, rather than waiting until the day is underway.

This is also a good time to get the boat gassed up.  While everyone else is getting ready you can take care of this task and be back in time for the fun.

New Bathing Suit Stains

If you’ve had a boat for a while, you’re probably familiar with this issue.  New bathing suits can bleed after they get wet.  They can leave dark stains on your seats.  Molley recommends handing out towels as soon as you launch the boat.  Ask guests to sit on their towels. 

When you need to remove the stains, there are various ways to do it.  Using a magic eraser will work but can often damage the stitching on your seats.  Condition the seats as soon as can!  You need to get the conditioner worked into the vinyl. 

Hair Dye

Molley provides tips on getting hair dye out of the seats.  These stains are worse than the bathing suit stains.  If you see a hair dye stain in one place, you can be sure there are more stains elsewhere on the boat.  Again, you can use the magic eraser, but IMMEDIATELY condition the seats!  You don’t want them to dry out.  Chad likes to use the Meguiar’s products


If you condition your boat seats after every other run, you’ll have some added protection and the seats will hold up well.

After Your Day on the Lake

Be sure to wipe down your boat.  Old towels are great for this task.  Fiberglass/gel-coated boats should be wiped down quickly to remove the water line from the surface.  You can also use a Turtle Wax & Dry product.  If you’re not doing similar activities, you could risk nullifying your gel-coat warranty.

End of the Season

Molley comments that they like to wash down the seats before putting the cover on the boat.  It’s a great time to put on another dose of conditioner to help preserve them through the winter.  Well-conditioned seats will resist the stains much better than neglected surfaces.

Storing Trash

It’s a good idea to hang up a bag for trash, wrappers, cans and other garbage.  You might designate a compartment to hold the bag. 

Dealing with Sugary Drinks

As we mentioned in Episode 2, brightly colored, surgary drinks (i.e. Kool-Aid or Margaritas) are definitely going to stain the seats and carpet.  If you see a spill or drip, IMMEDIATELY flood the area with water to prevent it from setting-in. 

While You’re Out on the Water

Something you should consider is a battery switch that will let you change batteries, when you stop to listen to music or other activities.  This will ensure you’ll always have enough power to start the engine to get back home, safely.

Safety Tip: 

It’s a good idea to make sure you have the contact information for a towing service, should you ever get stranded on the lake.  Chad recommends Don Hunter’s Marine Assist on Lake Cumberland.  It’s cheap insurance to ensure the safety of you and your family or friends.

Tools to Take Along

Chad recommends a small jumper box, should your battery fail.  Black zip ties are a must.  They repel UV light and will hold up longer.  A sharp utility knife can always come in handy.  An adjustable wrench (10”-12”) can solve most of the problems you might encounter.  Buy a 11-in-1 screwdriver.  It will definitely be worth the price.  Chad also recommends a taking along a good, cheap volt meter. 

Do You Need to Switch Out Your Prop?

Many outboard motors come with aluminum props.  However, in the early season, submerged or partially-submerged logs become a risk.  A stainless-steel prop will take more punishment, should you hit one of those logs.  The aluminum prop will give more (i.e. bend), so it might cause less damage to the motor’s lower unit. 

Molley recommends having a spare prop and a floating prop wrench, in case you need to change the prop.


That’s a wrap for this episode.  I hope you found it helpful, insightful and maybe a little entertaining.

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