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Old 10-08-2014, 08:02   #1
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Regular Maintenance tasks - a formal list

Like many of you, we are live-aboards preparing to go cruising. Amongst all of the repair work and outfitting, I try to stay on top of the regular maintenance activities. Some things are regular items that we do each time we go sailing, such as check the engine oil and belts before starting the engine. Others are based on engine hours, such as changing the engine oil.

I read an article in the April issue of "Blue Water Sailing" which included a pretty extensive list of things to do to your auxiliary diesel on an annual basis. After reading that, it occurred to me that a list of things to do monthly or annually would be pretty handy.

I started putting together my own list of things to do monthly and annually. Things like check the EPIRB and fire extinguishers. Clean out the shower strainer. Replace the diapers under the auxiliary and genset.

I know there are things I'm missing, and I was wondering if any of you have a list of maintenance items that you complete on a regular basis. Appreciate your input.

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Old 10-08-2014, 08:22   #2
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Re: Regular Maintenance tasks - a formal list

Test any automatic switches like bilge pump and high water alarms. Test smoke and CO alarms. Monthly, at the very least.

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Good suggestions. I had bilge pumps on the list but forgot about the propane detector.

Thanks for the input. Cheers!

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Re: Regular Maintenance tasks - a formal list

Swing all thru-hull valves, charge standby battery pack, run outboard, run generator.
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Check battery levels.
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Change out disposable batteries at regular intervals...or at least measure the voltage levels and discard as necessary.
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Re: Regular Maintenance tasks - a formal list

We have daily, weekly and monthly checks.

We also run 3 maintenance lists. Corrective, preventative and enhancements.

Here's our corrective maintenance list which gets updated weekly or whenever we finish a number of tasks. https://beta.dezolve.com/dezolve-web...ffbd5166bc4bbe

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Swing all thru-hull valves, charge standby battery pack, run outboard, run generator.
Thanks! Before moving aboard, we used to close all seacocks when we left the boat and went home, so they got exercised regularly. Now that we're full-time liveaboards, this is something I had forgotten to add.

Captain 465, one question - what do you mean by "charge standby battery pack"?

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