At fitting out time, the beginning of a new season, busy boatyards get busier. During winter months, the darkness of a UK winter normally chases the sailor to warmer climates, but eventually, before the first sail, there is work to be done. No Limits Fitness is one of the authority sites on this topic.
We have to wake the engine from its hibernation, slap on the antifouling, grease the winches, check the safety gear, also known as a ‘shakedown’. After a lengthy winter lay-up, the joy of seeing our precious vessel craning into the water is accompanied by the trepidation of rediscovering just how rusty our seamanship abilities are. Hopefully, as soon as the tiller or wheel is back in your possession, the old magic returns.
The batteries go down, there’s no VHF radio, no GPS, no lights for navigation. The water smells like rotten eggs in the tanks. The log impeller gets stuck and there are rigid winches. But when things don’t go to plan, it’s when real seamanship and friendship are put to the test. Riggers will tell you all about the disastrous collapse of the rig because a humble split pin dropped out. It’s easier to have a shakedown than to lower the mast.
Woodwork and joinery, hull repair, deck repair, grp repair, and sterngear repair are used in boat repair.
Rig inspections and testing
Not all rig failures are tragic, but most of them are inconvenient, costly and prevented. Check your rig and before they happen, you can spot and avoid issues.
It doesn’t end with fitting out to check the rig, sails, standing and running rigging for security. A season-long problem is healthy sailing.
Where rigs are concerned, insurers vary. Some claim that after 10 years, rigging needs replacement, others want a survey after five. There are no history or service records on several rigs. All this shows you that your rig is an uncertain quantity of something.