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Sailboat Prep

Sailboat Prep

Sailing boat preparations, preventative maintenance and organising to undertake before the summer sailing season:

– Wash the boat with fresh water and soap.

– The hull should be polished once a year.

– Sails should all be raised and checked, mast tuned, and rigging checked by qualified rigger.

– Test deck, fittings and safety equipment. Free-up with water and or WD40 or similar. Check fire extinguishers and flairs are in date, service or replace as required.

– Check below deck and clean the bilges, toilets, fridges and all soft fittings.

– Check electronics for latest software updates in manufacturer’s website. Inspect and test.

– All main equipment should be tested before each sailing season.

– Inboard engines should be serviced every year, or every 100 hours of use.

– Outboards should be serviced every 12 months.

– Toilet should be checked before every outing.

– Fresh water should be pumped out of the tanks and changed at minimum every year.

– Clean the galley after every outing to eliminate mould build up.

– Check registration and insurance for yacht and trailer are fully paid and up to date.


By Norman Ambrose



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