Sailing lovers know that simple sailboat DIY and repair works can protect the life of the boat and keep it ship-shape. Those who own sailboats will need some refit jobs, repairs, and projects which can increase the efficiency of the sailboats. Are you wondering where to begin? Here are a few DIY and hands-on repair tips for both new sailors and seasoned salts, which can help with being self-sufficient and also helps in saving money.
Protecting Wires on Deck
Loose wires can be a tripping hazard. So, it would be advisable to sheath the wires with a double-braid rope. The first steps are to the cut the rope to the length of the wire and then remove the rope core. The wires must be disconnected from the panel, place them through the line cover, and reconnect the panel. The rope cover will protect wires both from sun damage and also save from the tripping hazard.
Fitting Under Bridges
There are times when you may have the clearances but you find that with an approaching bridge that the mast will not make it through. There are too many factors involved with masts such as masthead sensors or antennae and the boat is in saltwater or freshwater would make a difference. A good way to check if the mast fits under the bridge or not is to use a bosun chair and get it hauled to the masthead to get a bird’s eye view.
Fixing the Rusty Centreboard
The centreboard which is made from plywood, cast iron, or foam comes with versatility and needs to be maintained. Every three or four years the bare metal needs to be refinished, so as to service the pivot pin or the lifting mechanism. You can try using coats of epoxy primer and add it with some antifouling for a good servicing.
Draining the Rudder
Rudders aren’t watertight. There are many aspects of the rudder which needs to be maintained like fibreglass delamination, internal rusting, and any blisters. After a boat is hauled for storage a small hole can be drilled near the bottom of the rudder so as to drain the water completely and later patch the hole with Marine-Tex.