For most seasonal pleasure boat owners, sailing is the favourite summer activity. This is why in winter most of the boats that during the hotter months we see sailing on fresh and sea water spend their time in hibernation, moored at the docks, or in storage on a truck.
And it is indeed when the winter cover is removed, that the time comes to draw up a list of jobs to complete before setting sail. And while for some of them expert intervention will be required, like for the engine checks, a simple visit below deck will be of great help to get a general idea of the works needed.
But the first thing that one should do before anything else, is giving the boat a good wash, which will then allow to draw up a comprehensive and well-thought check list!
Your YOYO hose: an irreplaceable friend
Whether we are talking of a motor dinghy or a sail boat, during the maintenance of your leisure craft always remember the basic rules for proper washing! Therefore, get yourself a sponge, a large brush and some detergent... and when selecting your products, always make sure that you think of the environment: choose natural-based detergents that will not pollute the environment, or cause damage to underwater life.
Remember that good rinsing is useful both at the beginning and during the subsequent maintenance activities: a strong water jet will help remove any dirt that has built up on the hull, particularly seaweeds and mould. Using the YOYO male double fitting, you will be able to quickly rinse even while on your journey, for example when moored at the harbour of your latest destination.
This short list of DIY maintenance jobs will also include (where present), the maintenance of boat awnings, cushions and drapes. And obviously it is also important not to forget the interiors (including kitchenette, berths and teak elements), the hull (remembering the differences between treated wood, glass fibre, or PVC, for example in the case of dinghies), and to check safety equipment, documents and engine levels.
By following these simple rules, in no time you will be ready to lift anchor and take on the waves on an efficient and safe vessel!