Maintenance Checklists

Annual Refit

An annual lift out is useful:

The detail below will helps serve as an aide memoir or check list. Over the course of time hyperlinks will be added to feature articles describing each step in more detail. If you would like to submit an article and photos covering any area please contact the editor.

Preparing for lift out

Advise insurers that boat is to be stored ashore
Keep a list of items removed from the boat for storage elsewhere
Remove sails and sail covers (wash, dry, inspect and note areas of damage and despatch to sail makers)
Remove reefing pennants, kicking strap outhauls, and disconnect boom from goose neck
Remove boom from gooseneck
Disconnect any permanently connected electrical equipment
Run engine to fully charge batteries
Undo electrics between mast and boat
Remove wire seizing on bottle screws and adjusters
Ensure above free in movement
Top up diesel tank (to reduce condensation)
Assemble cradle
Lighten boat to ensure crane lift limits not exceeded
Send life raft to service agents
Service engine (fresh engine oil has better inhibiting properties than old oil) HL: engine lay up
Make a list of equipment removed from then boat for storage ashore
Locate and remove perishable goods
Clean and dry out bilge
Clean heads

After Lift out

Power wash hull and inspect for damage
Inspect sea cocks, re-grease and refit
Clean topsides and polish (to protect topsides over the winter)
Oil teak to prevent drying and cracking
Sand and touch up areas of damaged varnish (to prevent further deterioration)
Check rig and send old rigging wire to riggers to facilitate replacement
Check mast for damage, cracks, distortion, kinks and corrosion
Check and replace halyards as necessary
Check conditions of sheaves, replace as necessary
Remove batteries from dan-buoys and life-buoy lights
Inspect and repair dinghy

Pre lift in

Prepare engine for commissioning
Review list of equipment to be returned to boat
Ensure sea cocks, depth transducer, and log refitted
Clean fenders (Tip: for stubborn dirt use very fine wet and dry paper - wet)

Post lift in - Pre Use

Check that sea cocks are water tight
Pull back shaft seal until water passes through then allow to return to default position
Fit new batteries to dan-buoy and life-buoy lights
Check navigation lights operate
Check instruments function

Safety Equipment Check

Inspect inventory of flares, replace as necessary
Check extinguishers (inspect gauges or measure weight)
Check list of gear removed to ensure all essential equipment back onboard
Check date on lifejacket canisters and replace as necessary, inflate jackets and check for leaks over 24hr period

Gas Checks

Check gas hoses for deterioration (e.g. cracks, discolouration) and age
Check hose dates (they should be date stamped) and replace if more than 5 years old
Use leak testing spray to check for leak in joints
Check regulator (screwed into bottle) for corrosion
Use CORGI registered to replace pipes and joints




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