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Next time you are on the boat wondering how to fill in a few minutes, grab a bottle of 3-in-1 oil or other light lubricant and apply a drop to every hinge aboard.

Down below, the domestic-type brass hinges used on many lockers are prone to seizing and then breaking. Even the chrome bronze marine hinges on external hatches and locker lids benefit from regular maintenance.

If the hinge is already corroded, as in the photo, use something like WD40 first. It stinks, but will initially do a better job of freeing the hinge. Then

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