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In our first post, 7 Main Questions before Sailing, we introduced the basis be prepared before sailing. Check the infography also.
In this second chapter, we detail how and what we must check before go on board concerning the boat.
Prevent possible structural or mechanical failure increases safety. Sometimes a boat is much more complex than a modern car and need more attention. The movement and impacts suffered during navigation or mooring, salinity and bad weather, wastage and long periods of immobility affect the structure of the vessels, its equipment and propulsion system.
After a long mooring period or having endured a tough navigation, we recommend:
- Check the hat and the existence of bumps or cracks.
- Check the seal hatches and portholes and internal bulkheads for cracks or deformation.
Never consent to the presence of water, alone or with hydrocarbons in the bilge. In case exist, locate its source. Thoroughly dry bilge sponges and cloths. Remove any piece of cloth or paper in the bilge, as it can clog the bilge pump when we need it.
- Check the valve seal line, making sea water for cooling the engine, good condition filter seawater, health and sink drains, speed meter, probe, etc.
Tying each valve a conical wooden spigot tailored in case you need to plug urgently.
- Check the hoses and pipes, salt and fresh water, doubling the number of clamps and tightening them.
- Check and grease gland pitch propeller and rudder.
In sailing vessels, review the general state of the cordage and sails, replacing the damaged ropes. Check the integrity and proper tension Forestays and shrouds.
- Check the electrical system (oxidized sockets, frayed or roasted cables).