The Ultimate Sailboat Maintenance Checklist

Pop quiz: when are you finished with maintenance on your
sailboat? It’s a trick question. The real answer is “never,” because a sailboat
needs regular care and attention if it’s going to perform at its best. And that
care and attention won’t help if it isn’t comprehensive. That’s why we’ve put
together this ultimate sailboat maintenance checklist to help keep your ship in
top condition:

  • Inspect
    the boat.
    Survey the bilge, for example. Test the bilge pump and make sure
    it runs smoothly. Visually inspect the hull. Look for leaks. Check the raw
    water sea strainers and look at your battery levels on a regular basis. The key
    word here is “comprehensive.” Remember, without a comprehensive inspection, you
    won’t know which issues need addressing.
  • Inspect
    your anchorage.
    Keeping an anchor in proper condition is essential. You
    don’t want to head out on a journey and find out that your anchor is suddenly
    flawed. Some experts recommend waiting for clear waters and weather and diving
    down to check the anchor itself.
  • When in
    doubt, get a second opinion.
    If you’re not sure about the quality of a
    particular system, you should bring in an extra pair of eyes—preferably an
    expert’s pair of eyes. It’s better to know that your sailboat doesn’t have a
    problem than to wonder.
  • Write
    down your regular maintenance habits.
    Add a date next to your notes so you
    know what needs to be done first. You’d be amazed at how much time can pass
    since you inspect a critical system if you don’t track it. By tracking it,
    you’ll know which spots on your sailboat deserve the most attention next time
    around.
  • Look at the
    quality of your sailboat’s wood.
    A sailboat’s wood is comparable to its
    lifeblood. You don’t want dry rot to set in and completely change its quality.
    We recommend a range of Wood
    Restorers
    that can help you out here if a total replacement is not needed.
    Our Git-Rot Kit is
    particularly helpful. It uses capillary action to penetrate through wood rot
    and strengthen the wood to make it both sandable and paintable.
  • Keep it
    clean!
    If there’s one thing inexperienced boat owners often forget, it’s
    that keeping a clean boat can work wonders. Keeping your sailboat clean will
    help prevent mildew from developing, which in turn ensures that you don’t end
    up with a lot of strange odors that become hard to eradicate. We have a full
    range of Boat
    Cleaning Products
    here at BoatLIFE for you to peruse.
  • Address
    maintenance issues as soon as they arise.
    Don’t put a new issue, such as a
    strange noise, on the back-burner. You don’t want to find out about a new
    problem when you’re out on the water. You want to know everything there is to
    know when you’re safe at home.

Stock Up On Boat
Maintenance Products

There is a lot you can do to maintain a high-quality,
sea-worthy sailboat—and you’ve read a lot of it here. Make sure to expand your
boat maintenance toolkit with our boating
products
here at BoatLIFE.

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