Originally Posted by canadian cat
So what are reasonable replacement cycles for the main items (that live in tropics) to go offshore
What do people think of this list?
-thru hulls bronze ?? with good service
plastic 10-12 yrs - shouldn't be plastic, Marelon will last forever with proper exercising and lube
10-12yrs - pretty good
- working sails
10 yrs - sometimes more depending on care
- LA batteries 5-7yrs - pretty good, also depends on care & feeding, as Maine
Sail says: "Batteries are killed by their owners."
- sail drive ?? - don't get me started; Devil's spawn, requires periodic and regular seal replacement; a dumb BIG hole in a boat waiting to pounce
- engine inspection
. - ongoing and regular; always inspect your engine when it's running, 'cuz when it' off it won't tell you anything
You just saw the tip of the iceberg.