OK, fireant. Start with some reading. Get Nigel Calder, and learn more about boat and engine
maintenance. That'll help you bootstrap your way up into really understanding your boat.
It'll probably lead you into more specialized books
, such as Peggy Hall's:
Then, starting with your engine: Run through it from one end to the other. It needs air, so the filter, it needs fuel
, so the tank, hoses, and filter(s). It has a cooling
system, so coolant
, hoses, heat exchanger
, and seacock. It needs to start, so battery
, and starter itself. So on, until you reach the condition of the propeller
Then choose a new system (steering, navigation
, standing rigging
, running rigging
, spars, sails
... Pretty soon, you have systematically covered the entire boat, you know it really well, and you know that it is ready to go.
I'm going to recommend that within the time you have available you not jump forward to speciffic tasks such as the deck
softness, not that doesn't need attension, but that you'll know more about how to tackle rotting core
with liquid resin when you get there, and many of your systematic reviews
will take only hours - most of your boat doesn't need anything, just review to find what it does need.
Best wishes on your journey. Do come back with specific questions as they arise.