Getting ready for spring: a refresher on how to take care of your Van Dusen shell.
Daily maintenance after every row: clean tracks and seat wheels with a wet cloth. Hose down boat if you row on salt water. Wipe down boat inside and out. Wipe down oarlocks (excessive grease attracts dirt, which will grind down the oarlock and oar sleeve). Open inspection ports and stern cork to dry out residual moisture. Soap and water are normally sufficient to clean all surfaces. Wax is not recommended.
Monthly: Light oil should be put on seat wheel bearings to keep the grease from drying out. The oil will go past the seal of sealed bearings.
Several times a year: complete inspection, clean-up and lube job, especially if you row on salt water. Apply grease to all metal parts that fit or bolt together. This includes lock plates, pins, wing rigger mounting blocks and set screws, and stretcher bolts and rigger bolts on traditional Van Dusen hulls. (Spray-on oils, although convenient, do not last long and their solvents may wash heavier oils away.) Take the parts apart to lube them to keep them easy to adjust in the future. For salt water conditions, occasional oiling with WD40 or LPS is a good idea.