How to keep my boat in winter
Every year we must take our boat out from the water to carry out a thorough review and check of the hull. This necessary maintenance carried out correctly will result in multiple benefits for our boat:
- Lengthen her life
- Prevent the appearance of osmosis in the hull
- Reduce the fuel consumption and achieve speed and maneuverability
Check of critical points:
- Review of all seacocks. Very important to check for leaks and to have these properly lubricated.
- Check the motor shaft, and hull
- Replacing sacrificial anodes both hull and propeller to the correct cathodic protection.
- To check for signs of osmosis in hull.
- Regarding the engine, we always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but in any case we will make the appropriate changes, oil filters, impellers cooling pump, alternator belt, inverter, filter cleaning sea water outlet, to check correct outlet of water in the cooling way, etc.
- Test of Power and batteries. We will take a charge gauge to measure the charge in the electrolyte inside the battery that will carry out very carefully. Also we will check the voltmeter which is usually installed in the control panel. The batteries are low load when they are between 11.8 and 11.6.
Priming and painting
The first thing we will do is to remove all encrusted parts in hull. This is usually done when we still have the boat in suspension with a pressure hose water in the shipyard and before passing it to the cradle. Later we will give a soft sanding before applying the primer and then the patent.
General check & security equipment
Review of all structural elements as the anchor chain, deck, chandlery, handrails, ventilators, sealing and cleaning the bilge, bilge pumps and the review of all security elements based on the category of our ship as fireworks , life jackets, fire extinguishers, life raft, EPIRB – EPIRB, etc. checking their status and checking expiration dates.
While doing this work, during the harshest part of winter, the Captain can update the collection of charts, schedule upcoming cruises and update their knowledge through courses of electronic navigation or doing higher level courses.