I'm thinking about getting Illusion hauled and put in a yard for the winter so I can get cracking on some of the projects that have been stuck in dream mode for the last few months while she's been at anchor.
First question is what prep do I need to before the yard desteps the mast? They charge by the hour for any of that work and recommended I take care of as much as I can myself.
So far I've come up with this:
1. Remove sails
2. Remove boom
3. Undo lower stays
4. Remove cotter pins from upper stays but leave them attached
5. remove bimini
So what about the halyards and wiring? Is all of that going to get messed up when they pull the mast? Anything I'm missing that's going to cost me?
More extraneous info for all you financial planners out there dying to chip in also up for discussion but I'm happy just getting answers to the first question:
I've found a yard that I'm happy with, the owner is friendly and sympathetic to a do-it-yourself wanna be young cruiser like me and the cost is good ($200 per month, including electric, and some free advice which is worth its weight in gold) only downside is I have to taken there by truck. I talked to the marine transport guy and his fee to do it is $300 plus 50/hour.....not too bad I felt, I'm estimating 6 hours so another $300 on top of that.
To have the boat hauled is $200, crane fee is $175 + hourly fee to to get the mast down (80/hour) I'm guessing 4 hours on that so an extra $320 -- so my estimate is $1275 to get the boat pulled and delivered plus $600 for 3 months time in the yard, do that number again when I get put back in and we're looking at $3150 for 3 months in a boat yard, the big benefit here being that the mast is destepped and I can double check all my rigging etc., and have the ease of working on the boat on land (I'm replacing all 8 sea cocks, painting the deck and fixing some cracks etc. around the rigging that make me nervous) .......or is that a colossal waste of money and I should just pay the $400/month or so of marina fees + $70 month for bottom cleaning and figure out a different way to do the sea cocks. My dad is a member of a yacht club a days sail south that has a yard for members to use but I'd have to pay to get hauled out and make a 75 mile sail to get there, I could probably take a week off from work to do the sea cocks, the question is would I have to de-step the mast there too.
So many possibilities
all of which require me to pay a lot of money and go through a lot of hassle! Anyway, thanks as always sailnetters on your input, you've been a great resource so far!