You should learn to sail by keeping your sailing boat in good shape. This would help you in saving a lot of money that would otherwise be used in replacing the sailing gears, making minor repairs. A well-maintained sailing boat makes sailing more fun by minimizing the possible risks of a breakdown.
These are some of the best sailings that would help you in maintaining your sailing boat. These tips will go a long way in saving time and money when you decide to travel. The various maintenance processes include deck maintenance, hull maintenance as well as the running rig maintenance.
Protecting your anchor line and docking
A line should be attached to the boat. This line is used in leading the boat to a pilling, ring, sail and cleat. The line wears and rubs after some time. Chafe kills and depletes the sailing line at a faster rate when compared to raising a mainsail. You should, therefore, stop chafing at the pass to protect your line.
One can wrap garden hose, rags or old fire hose around the anchor or docking line whenever it passes through the fitting or where it touches the hull. This helps in protecting the costly line as well as extending its service life.
Replacing the worn out running rigging
A furling is the most forgotten item in a sailing boat. This item gets more chafed than any other equipment in a sailboat. This line passes over so many parts compared to the other rigging devices. It works by winding itself in and out of the drum. It also has to pass through different types of fairlead blocks and finally to the cockpit.
This means that you need to check the boom vang, halyards, Genoa sheets, mainsheets and the traveler lines. Particular attention should be paid to the place where these devices are tied onto the block becket or fitting. For instance, the Genoa sheets should always rub over the main shrouds.
Looking for the missing lose rigging “pins.”
The standing rigging helps in keeping the mast in its position. Each and every cotter pi should be checked. Replacement of the broken and worn out cotter pins should also be done before casting off is done.
Stopping the leaks before they worsen
The water collection spots should be checked regularly. Any low spots could collect water. A light should be used even in daylight in checking the cabin lockers, sail lockers, and engine drip pans as well as the anchor well.