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Check the through-hulls. If they're bronze, check to see that they're not dezincifying, which usually shows by them being pinkish in color. This means that the alloy is being galvanically attacked and leaves behind a soft copper sponge effectively. Bad for you...
Check the zincs. Replace any that are at 50% in size or less.
Check the rudder bearing and rudder stock
Check the through-hull seacocks for proper operation. Might as well give them a bit of lubrication too while you've down there. Check the hoses and replace any that are soft, spongy, swollen, or brittle.
Check the bottom for scrapes, nicks, etc to the bottom paint.
Check the prop shaft, prop, cutless bearing, and stuffing box. If you have a prop strut, check that as well.
Check the keel. If it is an external, bolted on keel, check the keel-hull joint. Inspect the keelbolts too.
If you have a center board, check the board trunk for damage and check the centerboard pivot pin and raising, lowering and locking mechanisms.
If you have a lifting keel... check the trunk and check the raising, lowering and locking mechanisms.
That's all I can think of off hand.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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