I disagree with the concept
that boats need to be in the water
If you have a boat that is undercover, out of the water, located where it's easy to work on and the rents right then there's no better situation other than actually cruising.
Working on a boat while you're also living on it is a right royal pain, doing so in an out of the way port or marina even more so.
My understanding of older fibreglass is that it takes a long time to dry out without special equipment
so being stored in a nice dry place is a very good start for maintenance
You don't say what sort of condition the boat is in but from my experience the following may apply (ignore if this is not you) :
* My observation is that the biggest single
area of difficulty on a cruising yacht is the engine/transmission/fuel system. Unless it's all in top condition I'd seriously consider pulling the engine
out, checking that everything is totally clean and within tolerances and putting it back together. Going to be way easier in a fully equipped workshop with skilled personnel and parts
available. While you're doing this redo the area underneath reinforcing as necessary.
When you're finished you may be able to do the few repairs
needed in your sleep.
* The same goes for the electrical system
. This is the time to rewire the mast
and to put a good VHF/AIS antenna(s) on top with best possible coax. Don't forget to overhaul
systems while the mast
is out. Line up new batteries, maybe even upgrade the type and number of batteries, but don't actually buy new batteries until just before splash.
* Check refrigeration
fully. I used a new Waeco 38 litre and should also have put in a much smaller separate freezer
* And same again for the toilet/holding tank. Check the tank for integrity, that the pump out will actually work and replace any suspect hoses.
* Pull off all the deck hardware
and check the condition of any coring underneath. Repair as necessary. Redo the deck
if necessary. Put secure backing under all deck hardware
. Replace any suspect chain plates. Replace the standing rigging
if it is not almost new. Rebed hatches and portholes.
* If not there already install the fittings for dodger
. Fabricate stainless steel davits
panel mounts and install. If you can find the space for 500W of solar
that's going to be a big help.
* Pull off all shin fittings and replace any that are suspect. Redo the barrier coat just before you splash. This could be a good time to repaint.
* If possible put scaffolding around the boat before starting work. A fall could cripple or kill you.
* Get advice on the best way of making sure the rudder
stays attached to the boat and functional. Inspect the steering
system and replace any suspect wire with the correct size (don't ask...). Check all other parts
and calibrate the stops.
The aim of all of this is to make sure that old joke about cruising being about fixing boats in exotic locations stays a joke.
And finally don't back a loader into the boat (don't ask...).