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Boat storage - long term impact?

Because I now work in Georgetown, Guyana (for a few years) I had to put Waymar in storage . This was end of September 2005.

I winterised the boat. She is sitting in her cradle. The mast (and rigging) is also on a separate the boat yard.

I also took everything off the boat. (during a normal winter on Lake Ontario I would leave much of the stuff on the boat. However, knowing she would spend summer (read hot and humid) in the hard, I pulled almost everything removeable off and put it in controlled temp and humidity storage.

I have not been back to Kingston (Lake Ontario) since.

In the meantime, I'm reading these posts and threads, learning and dreaming....

Here are my questions and worries:

1) I know a stored boat is a neglected boat. Some things will deteriorate faster than if it had been sailed every summer. Other than the batteries (which will have to be changed) and the flares (probably expired), what else does that include?

2) If I go back this summer for a day or two (to Kingston). Are there things worth doing/ inspecting?

3) What should I be concerned about. Is there some kind of maintenance that I should be doing (what about the Yanmar engine???)

4) The yard looks in on her. Making sure she remains dry inside etc (no leaks, no squatters...) but that is about it.
Now based in Barbados.... and wait for it.....the boat is too!

Waymar - Jeanneau, Attalia
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