“It’s that time of year” by Chris Lee
The season is getting ready to start and I usually get ready by cleaning the crud and grime from the bottom of my boat and giving it a good inspection. What could be better than this! Here I am getting some exercise in the sun and fresh air, very fresh, direct from the Russian steps probably! Better than a gym and costing me nothing. If you are at a loose end why not come down and give your boat a once over with some soapy water.
The check list below should help:
- Do a general cleaning of hull, deck and topsides using a mild detergent
- Make sure drains are clear
- Look for loose screws
- Put on a good coat of wax
- Clean any wooden bits and oil / varnish
- Put some air in your tyres?
- Check for hull abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc by tipping on its side. and repair
- Check cleats and blocks work
- Check centre board and rudder surface and fittings
- Do your tanks leak?
- Have you done a buoyancy test?
- Check general condition [are they worn out?]
- Look for wear and chafing and mice!!
- Check battens and batten pockets
- Inspect bolt rope
- Use some PTFE spray or wax on the bolt rope to ease its travel
MAST AND RIGGING:
- Check mast and spreaders for corrosion or damage
- Lasers check mast socket is clean, fit PTFE plate in bottom
- Inspect spreader and shrouds settings
- Inspect rivets and screw connections for corrosion
- Check reefing points and reefing gear
- Clean sail tracks and use some PTFE spray
- Check rigging, turnbuckles and clevis pins for wear and corrosion
- Inspect stainless steel shrouds for fraying and “fish hooks”
- Check forestay connections
- Check masthead fitting
- Check and lubricate all blocks
- Check halyards and consider replacing or swapping end for end
- Tape turnbuckles, cotter pins, and spreaders to keep things in place