I bought my boat about three years ago. Daysailed her during the first year of ownership
, then began a moderate refit
, which turned into a much bigger refit
(as these things tend to do).
Unfortunately, the time consumed by the boat refit began to detract from a major home renovation project
that's been going on for a few years (what was I thinking?
). So I decided to put the boat on mothballs while I finish up the house, which will probably take another year or two. That was about a year ago, so all together, she will be sitting idle for 3+ years. Systems are in partial disarray, so I can't take her out until she's put back together. In the meantime, I want to make sure she doesn't deteriorate.
Boat is at a marina in Puget Sound
, so winterization is not needed. Boat is covered by a full canvas
cover, so the deck
and fittings are well protected. I've got a low wattage heater and a dehumidifier on board, and I perform a boat check every week or so. So no real concerns with the interior
My primary concern is with the bottom and the engine
Bottom is due for a repainting (three years on the current paint
job), but I can't really do that until she's put back together so I can get her to a haulout. I've been having the bottom cleaned a couple times a year, which I plan to continue doing, at least to prevent excessive (hard) marine
growth. Then as soon as she's back together, a haulout for full bottom prep and repaint will be first order of business. Any reason I should do something different?
As far as the engine
goes (it's a Yanmar 2QM15
RWC), my plan is to continue to change the oil
, filter, and zincs once year, and to occasionally (maybe every 4 months?) start the engine and run in gear
against the docklines until up to temp (an hour or so). Any concerns there?
is known good source, with biocide, so I'm assuming it will last a couple years without any major problems.
Anything else I should be concerned with?