Episode #051: Your Pocket Sailing Instructor Podcast Spring Maintenance!

Here I am sanding away on Spindrift’s bottom! Graham and I did SO MUCH sanding, faring, sanding, sanding, sanding, then painting. LOL. Not for the faint of heart! However, this is the type of maintenance that only needs to be done every 10 years or so in a boats life. Regular Spring maintenance checks though are key! And so, I have created a quick checklist to help you get ‘er done so you can get out sailing ASAP!

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Spring Maintenance Run-Down…

There is a LONG list of things to go through in the Spring to get your boat up and into the water. Don’t worry though, it seems daunting, but having a checklist and organizing things into categories will greatly help you!

  • engine checks
  • standing rigging checks
  • running rigging checks
  • sail check
  • safety gear checks
  • and more!

Preventative maintenance IS YOUR FRIEND! So time to buckle down and complete some of those small pesky projects that you have not managed to tackle yet. For whatever reason, this Spring I did a PILE of work on Spindrift that I have been meaning to get to. I think the checklist that I created helped me to stay focused on my task. I know that if I work from a checklist I am less likely to get sidetracked by another project. That’s one thing that I am working on this year: fully completing my tasks. Sounds ridiculous I know, but I love to tinker and I tend to get distracted.

Hopefully your season is off to a great start and you don’t have much maintenance to do. If you do have some maintenance to do remember: don’t get caught up in the renos!! Get out sailing too. Get the “must-do’s” off your list ASAP, and then work away on the “nice-to-do’s” when you have time.

Have fun!!


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