Prepping ZTC for her vacation
Now that we’re here in Grenada, we’ve begun to give serious thought to all that will need to be done before we can leave ZTC on the hard at Grenada Marine. In some ways storing our boat on the hard here will be similar to what we did over the winter back in Canada. Obviously there are some differences though.
Our friend George wrote an excellent post on Earthling’s blog detailing the steps that he took before he stored his boat here this past season. I’ve included an edited summary below but if you visit his site, and you should, you can read all of the details and see some photos of what he did:
- Mark the chain plates on the hull so you can tell the yard staff where to set the stands.
- Make sure your boat is leveled and not leaning more to one side than the other.
- Fill water tanks to full, add a capful of bleach to every 30 gallon tank.
- Fill the fuel tank and add biocide.
- Strap the boat down.
- Chain the screw jacks together.
- Put upside down cones on the straps to make it difficult for rodents to climb them.
- Remove all the canvas: sails, bimini, and dodger, etc.
- Put all electronics away in sealed containers or zip lock bags. If any of the electronics have batteries, remove them and put them in a sealed box.
- Put blankets, pillows, books, and anything that can grow mold in large sealed space bags.
- Apply a layer of oil on the vinyl cushions so they don’t crack.
- Clean and dry the bilge.
- Put a spoon full of vegetable oil in the head so it keeps the seals lubricated.
- Run the inboard and outboard with fresh water for a few minutes.
- Change the oil, fuel filter, and oil filters, etc.
- Spray protective anti corrosion wax on the engine parts such as hose clamps, battery terminals, and anything else that can corrode.
- Turn battery switch off, but leave the bilge pump on. Keep some kind of trickle charge so batteries are topped off!
- Tie down the boom. Tie and secure all the halyards and lines on deck. Be sure to have no loose lines on deck!
- Get rid of any flammables, dinghy gas, lighter fluid and so forth.
- Close all sea cocks and cover them from below. Don’t cover the cockpit drainage!
- Cover hatches and windows with canvas. Put aluminum foil on the windows from inside to avoid UV damage and heat inside the cabin.
- Spray all locks with anti corrosion.
- Pickle your watermaker if you have one.
- Cover or apply a layer of varnish on the exterior wood trims. On the interior wood trims apply some kind of wood oil.
- Seal places that might leak, such as stanchions, tow rail, hatches, anchor carrier, and so forth.
- Put some kind of moisture product, humidifier in the cabin to prevent mold.
- Do not leave any food on the boat.
- Put rat poison in various hidden places.
- Right before you leave the boat put a bug bomb in the cabin.
I think that’s an excellent list but I still do have some questions. For example, I’m pretty sure that any gasoline left in the carburetors will turn to varnish over time. The only way I can see around that is to remove the carbs and thoroughly clean them before storing. Any thoughts on that?
We have also been told by a friend to wipe down all headliners, etc. with a vinegar solution. Our friend Drew just shared his thoughts on mildew prevention. I guarantee ZTC will be spotless before we leave her for her “vacation.”
A few of the boats stored at Grenada Marine last season. ZTC won’t be lonely!
In unrelated news, I updated our Research page this morning, adding in a number of new cruising links. If you have some time to kill, check it out!