It’s Spring – Make a list!
By Glen Cairns
THE SUN IS actually giving off heat and
the spring melt has finally started. Now
it’s off to the boatyard to check on the
boat. Perhaps it’s the elation Canadians
feel at the end of winter, but every spring
boats get launched only to reveal problems large and small that will plague the
owner over the summer, delay the boating season, or worse yet, the boat just
heads straight to the bottom, all for the
lack of a proper check-up before launch.
Aircraft pilots always use checklists;
even the most experienced person can
overlook something and in the case of an
airplane, it can have deadly consequences. While getting a call from the
marina that your boat is on the bottom
may not be life threatening, it is, none
the less, a very big disappointment, to say
nothing of potentially very expensive.
While this list is just a general outline,
you can develop a checklist specific to
your boat and have the peace of mind
that at least the most obvious problems
have been addressed.
Hopefully the hull was properly
cleaned on haul-out!
7. If a bow thruster is fitted, make sure
the tunnel and propeller are clear
and replace the zincs.
Follow a comprehensive checklist to make
sure this does not happen to you.
4. Move the rudder to be sure the shaft
is free and not bent. Lubricate.
5. Check all intake strainers (especially
the engine) to be sure they are clean
and free from debris.
6. Be sure the depth sounder transducer is clear and be careful not to get
anti-fouling on it. The same goes for
knot log impellors.
1. Look for stress cracking, especially
around stanchions and cleats.
2. Make sure the cockpit drains are
clear of leaves, etc.
3. Check that the helm is operating
4. Make sure the anchor windlass is
operating properly and inspect
ESPECIALLY FOR SAILBOATS
1. Carefully clean the mast. Make sure
not to use any harsh chemicals
which can damage the aluminum.
2. Inspect the spars for cracks and
check fittings, tangs, etc.
1. Inspect the hull for stress cracks or
distortion. These can be caused over
the winter by improper placement of
jack stands, or by the hull not sitting
in the correct position on the cradle.
Look carefully for any signs of blistering due to water absorption.
2. Replace anodes if they are more
than 33% oxidized.
3. Clean and inspect prop(s) and shaft(s)
for dings, pitting and distortion
We are saying you should replace anodes if they are more than 33% oxidized. Does this
one pass? Why not just replace it and know you are protected?