So I have just landed in Malta, Europe to 'take delivery' of our new to us boat (A Moody 425).
By take delivery I mean she's sitting in the boatyard and I'm sitting in the cockpit in 100+ degrees sweating, hugely excited and wondering where I start!
So my question is that, when you first bought your boat, where did you start? What do you prioritise ? Getting to know a boat takes time and as someone who knew every inch of my last boat and every little sound, smell and bump this feels daunting.
Don't get me wrong. I have about 10 lists in front of me and a survey report, but prioritising what needs investigating, what you want to understand and where to begin tinkering on a new to you boat has me running from locker to locker, pulling things out and mostly just writing more lists!
Can't be answered without more information. I will give it a try.
Start with a calendar with the end date.... to be launch.
First get the bottom work out of the way and move to other systems many of which can be worked on in water at dockside or at anchor.
Check steering, AP and get spares
Check dink and OB, spares
Divide the work into systems such as:
propulsion: get engine running, get spares, make inventory, get proper tools
navigation electronics: plotter, radar, AIS, mobile devices... including manuals test them
Electrics: spares.. wire, connectors, fuses, fuse blocks, connectors, meter, crimper, heat shrink
Transducers: speed. depth wind... check, get spares... inventory
Communications: test all radios, program DSC. TEST
plumbing: top up tanks, review piping, get spares, hoses, fittings, valves, clamps, filters...inventory. test water pumps, head, shower pump, BILGE PUMPS
Rigging and sails: hoist sails and inspect, install reefs,, vang, mainsheet, traveler runners etc. Get spare line of all sizes on board... Check dock lines. SPARES, check rigging tension, get some spare wire and stalocks, spare blocks, snatch blocks, shackles, clevis and carter pins
Anchor: check windlass, anchor shackle and mark chain, get spare anchor and shackles and nylon rode
Make time estimates for the systems and spares assembly. Allow for 2x the estimated time.
Try to find competent help... amazing how much a second person can help with many things.