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Maintenance check list

I recently read a post on bottom paint and how long it lasts, etc. After getting an oil change in may car and writing it down in my log, it raised a question....

Aside from the maintenance manual for the engine (you can even include that here) does anyone have a comprehensive list for regularly scheduled maintenance on a sailboat?

I understand that each boat is different, but in generalities it would help give an idea to new/potential boat owners what to expect.

Maybe weekly/monthly/yearly entries. Just like an automobile has.
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I have a Yanmar engine maintenance log with service intervals in a binder on the boat, I also have a checklist in the binder that is completed before each outing that covers everything from engine condition, fluid levels, battery check, electrical, plumbing and thru-hulls, rigging, safety gear etc etc. The skippers log also goes into the binder at the end of every trip.

In addition to the logbook I have a notebook that lives in my seabag to remind me of items that need to be done so I don't forget between trips to the boat. It's very frustrating to have to postpone a departure until after WM opens because you forgot that a certain block or piece of rigging had broken on a previous trip, although I also keep a healthy spares list as well.

This sounds like a lot of work but in reality I am constantly keeping a mental checklist from the moment I approach the boat and can complete the checklists from memory in just a minute or two while I'm waiting for the engine to warm up.
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The Gemini Catamaran Owner's group has such a list IIRC. If you join the group, you can probably download it from the forums.


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