Equipment That Helps You Keep Your Boat Shipshape and Ready for Sailing
A sailboat is an investment, and the best way you can get the most out of it is to keep it in good repair. That way your vessel will be ready to sail whenever you call upon her.
When you're out on the water, you need to be able to make repairs quickly to keep the ship seaworthy—as well as to save your own life, potentially. You'll want not only tools but also essential spare parts. Knowing which parts you'll need most requires getting to know the ship. But there are a few basic tools to take along on any ocean voyage such as wire cutters and crimpers, jumper/booster cables, marine-grade epoxy, tape, caulk pliers, ratchet set, screwdrivers, WD-40, battery terminal pullers, and spare engine oil for those with an engine backup of course. Spare parts to keep on hand include, but aren't limited to, hoses and hose clamps, spare belts, nuts and bolts, wire, filters, and an extra anchor. You don't want to find yourself adrift for lack of anchoring.
Speaking of spares, there are people who think that having one pump on board is enough. These are generally people who haven't experienced being swamped or overturned. Don't learn the hard way that it's essential to be able to pump water out of your bilge to keep your boat up and running even in difficult conditions. A submersible pump is your best bet for this. Location matters, so be sure to put your submersible pump in the best spot to provide the greatest benefit.
Unless you live aboard, your boat probably is spending plenty of time in dock. Use that time to inspect regularly. If you don't feel like doing it yourself, it's worth paying someone to do it on a regular basis. A good marina will have someone like this on staff, or you can seek out your own specialist. Always take care of your sails. And, when cold weather comes, take the opportunity to thoroughly clean everything, inspect every part, drain all fluids, remove batteries, and stow moving parts.
A sailboat, well taken care of, can be a joy for years. By investing in maintenance, and keeping the boat stocked with tools, spare parts, and backup submersible pumps, you can keep yours in ship-shape.
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