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post #7 of Old 07-10-2008
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Rudder post. Check the packing, etc.

Rudder. (Make sure its not full of water, etc.)

Take a long screwdriver and rattle it around inside your thru-hulls to make sure all of the critters are gone.

Check your grounding plates, look for excess corrosion.

Personally, unless you just had a diver change the zincs, I'd change the zincs and make sure their contact area is clean. (Sandpaper, scotchbrite pad, whatever.)

Throw on a coat of Prop Speed. It really works. Read the instructions VERY CAREFULLY. Follow them to the letter. It ain't cheap, but it really works.

I'll second waxing the boat while it's on the hard. If your hull is oxidized, now is the time to compound it out. Lots easier than in the water. No ladders, though. Use a stand or scaffold.

Remember what the manager at Merrill-Stevens boatyard told me: "No job is complete until the owner's wallet is empty."

If you're having the yard dogs do ANY work, you need to be there or have a captain there to watch them like hawks. Check the number of hours each worker puts on your boat each day, and satisfy yourself they were really there. (I had a carpenter try and cheat me out of nearly 60 hours.) If you have a discrepancy, talk to the manager the day you find it.

If they charge you for three gallons (example) of bottom paint, make sure they put all three gallons on your boat. If they have a pint or a quart left after the second coat, have them use the remainder to add a coat around the waterline and then on the leading edges of the keel and rudder. That stuff is expensive. Don't let the painters walk away with a quart of it!

Watch out for such things as putting down plastic mats for the yard dogs to walk on. That blue 'diamond plate' plastic is actually made of gold. Or it should be. It's expensive enough! If the yard dogs are doing interior work, before you haul out, go to the lumber yard and get door skins, and cut the skins to make a path for the guys to walk using a sabre saw. Then tape it down with GREEN 3M masking tape. (The blue stuff goes away too quickly and is a PITA to get off.)

If the guys are working inside, carpentry or whatever, tape shut whatever you don't want dust in.

Don't leave small, high dollar items aboard. (That handheld GPS might just grow legs.)

Sometimes its tough, but remember these guys are working for you. You're the boss. Sometimes it pays to be a hard-A$$ boss.

Cap'n Gary
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