6 Things To Do To De-Winterize Your Sailboat for Spring
Six Things To Do Now to De-Winterize Your Sailboat for Spring
It’s the first day of Spring and we’re watching temperatures rise higher and higher. We can’t wait to get out on the water, but before we drop our Catalina 22 in the water, there are a few things we need to do to get it ready. Since we have a checklist we go through every year, we thought we’d share our checklist with you.
Clean the hulls and deck, make sure everything still looks in good condition. Looks for cracks or scratches that weren’t there in the fall. Check all the joints between the hull and deck. Make sure registration is current and on board.
2. Safety Equipment
Check for leaks around the entire boat. Inspect cleats, clean winches. You’ll also want to get the life jackets back on board, along with the First Aid supplies, the bailer and the hand pump.
3. Electrical Equipment
Make sure batteries are changed. Inspect wiring and chafe. All lighting fixtures and navigation lights both above and below deck should be working order. Look at antennas and replace batteries in the radio.
4. Engine-Outboard Motor
Check belts, transmission fluid, oil and fuel so that all are full, clean and running properly. Inspect the blige, propeller, spark plugs, safety chains and lubricate the winch.
Look over general conditions (hopefully you stored it in a safe dry place during the winter). Look for any wearing, chafing or tears.
- Make sure these are all working properly and ready to go:
- Sail track
- Roller Furls
- Forestay and Backstay
- Inspect stays for any fraying and “fish hooks”
As you may have guessed, this list could be a lot longer, but this is the short list in case you’re in a hurry to get out on the water. Most inspections come up while you are sailing and that’s when you start noticing the problems. REMEMBER THE GENERAL RULE: “SAFETY FIRST!”