February/March 2013

Spring forward

Take time for prelaunch checks

Spring forward

Check the following items before launching your boat this spring:

  1. Inspect and lubricate seacocks.
  2. Inspect and replace hoses and hose clamps as needed.
  3. Replace deteriorated zincs.
  4. Inspect props for dings, pitting and distortion. Make sure cotter pins are secure. Grip the prop and try moving the shaft; if it’s loose, the cutlass bearing may need to be replaced.
  5. Make sure the rudderstock isn’t bent.
  6. Inspect the hull for blisters, distortions and stress cracks.
  7. Make sure the engine intake sea strainer is corrosion-free and properly secured.
  8. Check the engine shaft and rudder stuffing boxes for looseness. After launch, recheck these items and through-hulls for leaks.
  9. Use a hose to check for deck leaks at ports and hatches. Renew caulk or gaskets as needed.

Outdrives and outboard engines:

  1. Inspect rubber outdrive bellows for cracked, dried or deteriorated spots (look especially in the folds); replace if suspect.
  2. Check power steering and power trim oil levels.
  3. Replace worn zincs.
  4. Inspect the outer jacket of control cables. Cracks or swelling indicate corrosion; if present, the cable needs to be replaced.




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Wall and crown knot

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