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DBboat 07-10-2008 09:12 AM

Haulout "to do" list
I know that somebody has a list out there of things to check/replace when your boat is hauled. I couldn't find any old threads on this. thanks

sailingdog 07-10-2008 10:00 AM

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.

Vitesse473 07-10-2008 10:39 AM

Everything that SD suggested +

Remove growth and barnacles from the prop & shaft and give it a nice polish.

Use some oxidation and wax compound on the top sides. Always easier on a ladder than at the dock.

Using a small hammer, do a random ping inspection of the hull to make sure she's holding up okay.

Check your bank account to ensure you have 3x the funds you plan to spend.

SEMIJim 07-10-2008 10:49 AM

Check your packing gland while underway, and at rest, before the haul-out. If the drip rate is too high or you've recently tightened it to cure a too-high drip rate, consider re-packing it while she's out of the water.

Also inspect the stern tube and the rubber hose connecting that to the stuffing box.

Here: The Stuffing Box and Stern Tube


beej67 07-10-2008 10:54 AM

Stuffing box.

edit: Jim beat me to it.

camaraderie 07-10-2008 11:25 AM

Check Cutlass Bearing for play.

Gary1 07-10-2008 11:50 AM

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.

SteveInMD 07-10-2008 12:34 PM

Carefully check thru-hulls, valves, and hoses for any small leaks *before* you haul out. It's much better to find them on they way out rather than on the way back in the water.

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