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I've never splashed before

Does anyone know of a website of all the things I need to do to launch from the hard to the water? I'd hate to schedule it and arrive unprepared because there is something I am supposed to know or have done.

I'm trying to take care of making the boat nice, and I assume it's a simple process where they dump me in and say hope your engine starts.
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Re: I've never splashed before

It's pretty simple. They dump you in, you hope that nothing leaks and that your engine starts.

Before going in I would:
* Test and lube all through hulls. Replace bad ones.
* Change oil and gear oil on your outboard. This is a lot easier on the hard.
* Update bottom paint (I'm assuming it hasn't been done in the last 2 years).
* Make sure there isn't an open garboard plug (or whatever those keel plugs are called).
* Check rudder. It shouldn't have any play, the bushings should be in good condition, etc.

That's the stuff that is really hard to do once you are in the water.

When they drop you in the water inspect all through hull hoses to make sure they don't leak. Make sure nothing else is leaking. Start engine and go away.

If the boat wasn't used in 2013 then make sure it has a current registration sticker. You'll need a new 2014 one before June 30th.
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Re: I've never splashed before

Make sure ALL seacocks are shut before splashing. Then go around and check & open what's required after splashing. Don't start engine till raw CW intake seacock is opened.
Its always good to learn from mistake ....of others.
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Re: I've never splashed before

You got a centerboard in that Bristol? If so, you should inspect the cable pendent (connection at the centerboard) and signs of cable wear. Also, check the cable tube for cracks.
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Re: I've never splashed before

Inboard or outboard? If inboard, check and/or repack the stuffing box. If you don't know when it was last repacked, it's due now. If you have a prop seal and don't when it was last replaced, it's due now.
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Re: I've never splashed before

If the engine was winterized, ensure that all cooling water hoses and clamps have been reattached and securely tightened.

When AlexW says "all through-hulls", don't forget depth and speed transducers.

Inspect and replace zincs before splashing as well, to save yourself the cost of a diver later.

It sounds like you were hauled with the mast up, so I guess you don't have any standing rigging work to do.

Otherwise, Launching Day is a very exciting day to watch your sleeping beauty awaken after a long winter's slumber.
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Re: I've never splashed before

Simple rule, if it's below the water line, take care of it before you splash. Great list in all the posts. After you splash, travel lift or trailer, you probably have to go someplace to get out of the way, so run the motor with a hose to cool it on the ground and make sure it's ready to go.

When we kept our boat on a mooring, we also considered that we didn't have AC power out there, and it was hard to lug stuff out by dingy. We'd do any power tool work on hard, and also load on all the big stuff because it was easier. If on a dock, it can be easier to load up there, and you presumably have AC, so this stuff could wait.
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Re: I've never splashed before

You have received some good advice already. But to answer your question, the BoatUS safety publication, Seaworthy, publishes Spring and Autumn checklists. Here is the recently published Spring Safety Checklist.

Satisfying that list should keep your boat from sinking, but add to it all the maintenance and improvements you need to perform, such as bottom paint and compounding, polishing, and waxing the fiberglass.

Don't expect to arrive at the marina a few hours before launch and take care of everything. Typically, I spend 4 weekends getting my boat ready to splash.
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Re: I've never splashed before

Biting my tongue, crossing my fingers, salt over the shoulder.

I don't think I've seen a single season go by without one boat at the bottom of it's slip. The yard does a good job of insuring you aren't taking on water, before taking you out of the slings. Still, it seems things let go.

We splashed last week and all my thru-hulls are closed right now. I will not leave them open for any length of time, unless I am aboard. In season, there are a few exceptions, such as the air conditioning intakes, which are necessary to run the dehumidifier. Otherwise, everything is left closed.
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Re: I've never splashed before

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Biting my tongue, crossing my fingers, salt over the shoulder.

I don't think I've seen a single season go by without one boat at the bottom of it's slip. The yard does a good job of insuring you aren't taking on water, before taking you out of the slings. Still, it seems things let go.

We splashed last week and all my thru-hulls are closed right now. I will not leave them open for any length of time, unless I am aboard. In season, there are a few exceptions, such as the air conditioning intakes, which are necessary to run the dehumidifier. Otherwise, everything is left closed.
Another 'spring chicken' here, doing research. Is it correct to assume the reason most of the boats sink are open seacocks?
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