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I've found a few maintenance checklists online and these make sense, though they seem built around seasonal sailing. They don't assume someone is living aboard or cruising.

Do liveaboards and cruisers have maintenance checklists? Is this a DIY list built over experience as you learn your boat? I was thinking I would find checklists built from maintenance routines that reflect hours and use.

Engines can be done by the hour of use but what about daily, weekly, monthly and yearly items?
 

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I keep a maintainence log and change oil, and all filters based on engine hours for main, generators and outboard. Both the Honda 2000 and the outboard are due an oil change and I will get to them within the next week.

Most other things like A/C filters get done yearly and all my pumps are sealed and non-servicable.

Rigging and running rigging fixtures are checked every 2-3 monthly and everytime we go to sea.

As a full time cruiser I spend about a day a week 'fixing' things.

I aso spend a minimum of $10,000/year fixing and upgrading the boat!

Phil
Do you have an actual checklist you use, or is it habit by now?

$10,000 a year ... that's $200 a week. In maintenance and upgrades?
 

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A maintenance "schedule" for a liveaboard could lead to problems, so it's better to tune in to your equipment and do the maintenance as each unit requires it.
Well, I'll be a liveaboard when I buy until I leave, then liveaboard when I'm 'done'. Sounds like an actual checklist by the hour/day/week/month/year assumes more than the real world can deliver.

More hunch and instinct than checklist?
 

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"Is this a DIY list built over experience as you learn your boat?" Yes, definitely.
Do you have an actual list that schedules maintenance? I'm guessing most don't, which is fair. Homes are not boats but when I owned my home the checklist was seasonally. Make sure the caulking around the windows is good in the fall. Get the hose out in the spring, stow in the fall.

I can see one for the engine but it sounds like there's too many variables that effect the life and quality of components to be governed by a timed checklist.
 
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