Maintenance at sea
|3 December 2014||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Technical world|
During the week before the start of the ARC, we were invited by the organization to present our views on different topics concerning long passages onboard a catamaran. One of the subjects that most interested the audience was maintenance at sea. So I wanted to share a few recommendations with you:
Before departing, make sure someone has made a full inspection of the rig: any sign of wear and tear must be addressed, any sharp part must be rounded or covered, any aging rope must be replaced. Once at sea, climbing up the mast should be avoided: it is too dangerous. The sails must also be checked: any tear must be repaired.
Of course a full check of the rest of the boat has to be made. Then a simple redundant daily check list should be followed, focusing on essential parts of the boat:
– A binoculars check of the rig lying down on the deck is easy to do and can be very useful!
– Engine levels and charging capacity, like all the vital systems, have to be monitored: fresh water pumps, bilge draining systems, etc.
– A full check of the engine compartments, including a water tightness verification of the saildrive joints or of the stuffing boxes is essential.
To help you to do all these verifications, please find the following check list: