Splash Day cometh
There’s no April Fools joke here… the marina management was hard at work yesterday preparing their crane for the upcoming boat launches. It’s our job now to get everything ready for that launch. Commissioning lists abound in magazines and on the net. Our boat’s previous owner left us print outs of this one but he also included the following hand-written notes:
Note: This list assumes that the mast will be stepped immediately after launch. I don’t think that is necessarily the case at our marina.
- take off all plastic – DONE!
- install and tighten trampoline – DONE!
- clean sail tracks – main mast and furling stay – dry lube teflon
- ensure spinnaker halyard rigged before mast goes up
- check all lines in mast are running free
- lube blocks
- pump up fenders
- get out dock lines
- before stepping mast install radio antenna and windvane – vaseline???
- step mast – fix all standing rigging
- tune rig
- install all blocks, lines as per diagrams
- install sails – ensure sail tracks are the correct way up
- hook up electricity to shore power and charge batteries
- fill water tank
- fill gas tank – NOTE: It should already be full.
- start engines and run for at least 30 minutes
- check oil in engine
- WD40 carb spring
There are a bunch of things that will be much easier to do while the mast is unstepped and the boat is still on land. We’re going to see just how many of these things we can get completed in the next week or so!