Having your boat perform at its best during the season is a great sensation. Sure, it might need a few things attended to during the winter, but as we all know, maintaining is the most important. It happens more often than not that we have a list of things to be done during the winter and while we get to most of them, time seems to run away and not long after, the new season is upon us.
Even if you managed to do all the things you needed to on the boat, rest through the winter could have its effects on your ship, introducing new problems you didn’t know about when stopping it in the dock towards the end of autumn.
The great thing is, maintaining the boat isn’t all that hard, but it does require a sharp eye that knows what to look for. Most tend to get professionals in to assess and repair the items, but for just a couple of hundred dollars and a bit of time, you can do it all yourself and get to know your boat even better.
The technology on the deck and its gear are fairly common fixes, but with new materials and items, it might be a bit harder to spot troubling issues when you get ready to set sail for the new season. Here are some of the biggest things to look for, which won’t take long and won’t cost a fortune either!
Chafing or Twisted Halyards
While most replace the halyards with mouse over the winter, there are some who leave them on, which doesn’t always lead to damage, but with windy conditions and other weather, you might find they have worn through. It usually starts with them getting twisted and rubbing against various items, causing them to wear through and snap while you’re sailing.
The best way to check them would be to replace it with a mouse, remove them and inspect them thoroughly. Alternatively, hoist them entirely and investigate as you let it down again. Ensure no chafes are on it and that it’s excellent all the way through.
Cleaning the Clutch
With modern ropes, you might find the clutch has little sheds of line, which could make the clutch stiff or even completely blocked up. Modern polyester ropes do this often, and while the rope might still be fine, it’s essential to use clean water and a brush to clear out the unit before setting sail.
Not only will the unit last longer, but it also allows you ropes to have a longer life, not to mention, you’ll have a much easier time using the clutch while sailing.
Check for Weak Links
With the most common issues taken care off and cleaned, it’s essential to give the rest of the gear a check as you might find cracks, worn parts, missing rings and more. Of course, having all the critical areas checked out will decrease your chances of a breakdown in the middle of the season.