Maintenance

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Gather all materials needed to do the work

Warm engine and change oil and filter

Top up freshwater system with 50/50 water and non-toxic antifreeze.

Clean or install new air-cleaner element

Drain raw water system and put 50/50 antifreeze system through to remove any untreated water

Remove raw water pump impeller and check condition

Check condition of alternator belt; if it needs replacement get one ready to install next spring

Coat cylinders with fogging oil and tape inlet manifold openings and breathers

Top off tanks and add stabilizer

Check stuffing box and shaft motion. Repack stuffing box if necessary

Spray all electrical connections, including fuse board, alternator and starter motor with WD-40

Remove fuses and clean contacts

Check battery levels and charge if necessary before removing; grease terminals with Vaseline

Drain the freshwater system; if possible disconnect at the lowest point in the system. If this is not possible blow out water and consider installing a drain tap and the low point

Check all zinc anodes for corrosion and replace if necessary

Check all clamps and hoses for damage and replace if necessary

Clean and dry all bilges

Open fridge, coolers, drawers and lockers to keep air flowing and prevent mildew

Check condition of all through-hulls and seacocks

Clean toilets and empty holding tanks; disinfect as necessary

Check paint and gelcoat surfaces and note what needs attention next spring

Remove all portable electronic gear

Remove all lines, halyards, inflatables, and moveable gear

Remove sails for cleaning

Check all deck hardware and lubricate with WD-40

Disassemble winches and clean according to manufacturer’s directions

Check all clevis pins and turnbuckles for wear and replace as necessary

Check all sail tracks for damage

Remove all furling gear, wash with fresh water and check for freedom of movement. Lubricate if necessary according to manufacturer’s instructions

Make sure the boat cover is well constructed and securely tied around the supporting structure. Check that there are no hard spots along the supports that could chafe the cover and perhaps destroy it prematurely. Also provide at least two openings for ventilation.

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