Join Date: Feb 2010
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Re: Where do I start?!!
Good cleaning tips above, but I'll state what may or may not be obvious. Empty the boat.
It's amazing how much stuff can be squirreled about on a boat. Lines, spares, stuff, more stuff, etc. Sometimes, removing floorboards and cushions allows for a better job. That alone can take an extraordinary time. You want to clean the space your stuff comes out of, but there can be access panels to whatever is behind too. Get in everywhere you can. Don't leave any cleaner with chlorine on any metal surface, without a serious rinsing. Be sure you provide huge amount of ventilation below to dry it out. Then, clean all your stuff before you put it back.
Like you, a deep cleaning is usually my first approach to a new boat (or just about any other toy). It's the best way to get up close and personal. You become more accustom to where things are, you notice the imperfections that no one notices prior and you'll probably start to write down a to-do list.
Since it sounds like your first boat, let me suggest you come up with a formal to-do list. I like to have three. One is Maintenance items, which have to be done. Another is Repairs, which have to be done. The last is Upgrades, which I would like to do, if I ever get the first two lists done.
No upgrade has ever been completed, unless the result of maintenance or repair, in the history of sailing. Have a to-do list that can be easily modified. I used to have paper in a binder. I now use my iPhone Notes app.
Congrats on the new boat and I hope you enjoy sailing!
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