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Old 30-11-2020, 13:35   #31
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Re: What are the regular tasks you do on your boat?

Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, think about sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, watch others go sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, dream about sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, service engines, think about sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, watch others go sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, check rigging, think about sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, clean ropes, think about sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, clean sails, dream about sailing.
Clean boat, polish some stainless, make a list of jobs I should do, polish hull, watch others go sailing.

I know I am doing something wrong but cannot put my finger on it.
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Old 01-12-2020, 07:08   #32
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Re: What are the regular tasks you do on your boat?

A good one that probably seems second-nature to a lot of people is just taking a good walk around the decks every few days/times you go out. I have a steel boat, so I have to check to see if any paint has chipped so I can touch it up as I go, but it's also for looking at your pins and rings on the rigging and lifelines, chafe in any of your docklines or running rigging, etc. That's also a good time to check your safety equipment- take out the lifesling every once in a while, make sure your lifejackets haven't disintegrated, etc. Making a designated schedule for "deep cleaning" certain things might be good- like a galley deep-clean once a week, a head deep-clean once a week, etc. Opening and closing seacocks is a good one, and also forces me to check the state of the thru-hulls. Bilges every day- I also have to remember to check some low points in my boat that are inaccessible/don't drain into other bilges, like the casing around my pro-shaft. Doesn't get water in it very often, but when it does, it just sits there until I sponge it out. The boat I used to work on checked engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, sea strainer, and shaft key twice a day (there's a story behind checking the shaft key); that's probably not necessary, but not a bad habit. Sea strainers are a big one I often forget, especially for my A/C. Taking cushions out and airing them in the sun once a year is a good call. But then a lot of stuff is really "as-needed"- service the winches when they feel sticky, etc.
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Oh another good one is cleaning things that are removable but that you don't remove very often, like grates on the floor of showers, stovetops, the bottom of the icebox, the back of the pantry, etc. And designating a regular schedule to clean walls and ceilings just keeps things smelling good and keeps the mildew away.
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Re: What are the regular tasks you do on your boat?

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I know I am doing something wrong but cannot put my finger on it.

I think that if you go and do a few chores around the boat, it might come to you. Eventually.

Oh, and by the way, I see that there are some dull spots on your dingy davits that could use a little polishing...
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Thanks everybody for all the input (and jokes), really good stuff. I'm a whiteboard list kind of person, but I figure it will be fun writing this kind of thing. I'll update the thread once I get further along, thanks for all of the ideas!
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