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Constant State of Readiness

Good afternoon to you all;

I am due to do an offshore overnighter tomorrow less NOAA tells me otherwise so today before work I decided to do a thorough cleaning. This got me to wondering:
how often do you all clean your boats? Do you consider cleanliness to be apart of readiness in that you cant lift anchor, unmoor, or cast off at a moments notice.

I clean my boat twice weekly with a complete cleaning biweekly (taking things out of lockers, clorox bleach wipes on every surface, engine wipe down and deck wash)

My particular vessel is always kept at a constant state of readiness. Within 5 minutes the boat could be put underway to voyage anywhere the skipper deems worthy and or practicle.

What is the prevailing situations with you all? I see a lot of live aboard boats that would need atleast a day to prepare maybe two not including provisioning. 8 also see lots of often used but seldom cleaned vessels. I suppose a taught ship and clean ship are not one in the same for some.

What of your vessels?
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

When I finally get a boat it will be kept like yours, always ready to go in a moments notice. I admire that.

I wish you'd post some pictures of you boat in general and god luck tonight.

I always enjoy your posts !!
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

We've been searching everywhere for that deflatable maid. No luck yet. She cleans for an hour or two a day, then pissst, she deflates and is stored in a locker somewhere.
Wouldn't it be nice. Cleaning is a necessary part of maintenance, but I don't know of a cruising boat that is kept as clean as the charter yachts or any vessel with a professional crew.
Most of us would prefer to go snorkeling, exploring ashore or just relaxing after completing the normal maintenance and breakdowns most of us have on a regular basis.
There is a huge difference in time utilization between a live aboard, especially on the dock, and a voyaging cruiser.
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

Beyond cleaning the bottom ever two weeks which i am rather obsessive about i have a saltwater pump for bird POO and then there is rain which gives it a good rinse at least once a week

The boat is leak free and well organized so it is always Ready to sail as soon as we get all the covers off



This is about as bad as it ever gets and myself and the wife have been at it so long its no more complex that getting out of bed in the AM
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

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................... taking things out of lockers, clorox bleach wipes on every surface ...............
Amazing! I've a spare parts locker that has had items removed and added, but never emptied and wiped with chlorox or anything else since 1985! ....and I'm always ready to be underway in fifteen minutes! I can think of three lockers that I only open about once every three thousand miles of cruising! Man, I could have spiders the size of hamsters running around in my bildge, but it hasn't slowed me down!
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

Ready to sail, yes. Ready to eat off the decks, well, um......no. Obsessive cleaning of stuff is not one of the things anywhere on my priority list:-)
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

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Good afternoon to you all;

I am due to do an offshore overnighter tomorrow less NOAA tells me otherwise so today before work I decided to do a thorough cleaning. This got me to wondering:
how often do you all clean your boats? Do you consider cleanliness to be apart of readiness in that you cant lift anchor, unmoor, or cast off at a moments notice.

I clean my boat twice weekly with a complete cleaning biweekly (taking things out of lockers, clorox bleach wipes on every surface, engine wipe down and deck wash)

My particular vessel is always kept at a constant state of readiness. Within 5 minutes the boat could be put underway to voyage anywhere the skipper deems worthy and or practicle.

What is the prevailing situations with you all? I see a lot of live aboard boats that would need atleast a day to prepare maybe two not including provisioning. 8 also see lots of often used but seldom cleaned vessels. I suppose a taught ship and clean ship are not one in the same for some.

What of your vessels?
Sounds a bit OCD to me.

I spend a significant part of the year in the hurricane belt and keep the boat ready to go at 6 hours notice. That means I pay attention to water in tanks full fuel tank and vittles for at least a week in reserve including kitten food.

If I had to go I would not be worried about bleach washing countertops.

I would be worried that my charts for my hurricane holes were current and my GPS had the relevant way points pre programmed in.
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

IMHO, there's not wrong with obsessive cleaning, but everything is a matter of deciding this or that--to clean or sail, spend time with kids, swim, etc. My boat is pretty clean, but not necessarily ready for inspection.
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

Just as long as it takes to warm up the engine.

In an emergency, we could be under way in ten minutes. While the engine is warming up loose gear is being stowed in the cabin and the cover is coming off the mainsail. At the moment, the jib is in it's bag. We would hank that on after the lines and fenders are stowed as we exit the harbor.

We always stop at the fuel dock and top off on arrival in port so the fuel tank is always full and we keep plenty of food on board at all times. As we have a water maker, a full water tank is less critical but we could top that off in about fifteen minutes.

In short, if we got a wild hair, we could depart for just about anywhere in less than 30 minutes. An hour would give us time to run to the market and grab some fresh fruits and veggies.

We try to keep things neat and seamanlike, but operating room cleanliness is not high on the preparedness checklist.
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Re: Constant State of Readiness

Hey Vega, I love your youtube stuff, it was one reason I took an interest in learning how to sail !!!
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