Haulout Checklist

With summer officially over at the end of this month, its time to start thinking of putting La Mischief to bed over the Mediterranean winter. I will do this out of the EU in Turkey but haven’t decided exactly where as yet.

I’ve just come across a good checklist at http://www.nannycay.com/news/2013/6/28/nanny-cay-boatyard-a-checklist-for-boat-storage.html. I’ll use it for a basis for my own checklist. Here’s a cut and paste with some mods and additions to get me started….

• Prior to haul out, thoroughly flush all heads and ensure holdings tanks are empty and flushed through.

• Clean and dry bilges as much as possible.

• Fill water tanks, treat with chlorine and close off valves.

• Fill and treat diesel tanks.

• Check engine oil and water, top up if required.

• Wash and spray engine with CRC.

• Spray all hose clamps with CRC anti-corrosion wax.

• Check battery levels, clean terminals and grease with Vaseline.

• Spray behind the electrical panel with CRC.

• Remove bimini and frame if possible and stow.

• Remove all main sail battens and then remove all sails and stow. Take down Genoa in water as its far safer to do it there than up on the hard.

• Run mouse lines and remove all lines and stow

• Tie boom down to deck.

• Remove cockpit cushions and all other loose deck gear and stow.

• Check boat for oily rags, old paint and solvent tins, lighter fluid etc. and dispose of.

• Secure and lock all lockers.

• Remove batteries from hand held equipment.

• Remove all foodstuff including spices, packaged soups, cereals and tins etc.

• Treat interior cupboards and areas with Cockroach and pest deterrents. (Max Force or Combat Roach Control).

• Close curtains.

• Vacuum pack clothes and linen.

• Buy de-humidifier and turn on.

• Lift interior cushions to allow good air circulation.

• When in yard, remove and stow fenders and dock lines.

• Tidy and secure all loose lines and remove flags.

• Ensure solar panels are charging.

• Fit instrument covers.

• Close all seacocks????.

• Ensure cockpit drains a are clear.

• Turn off all battery switches.

• Turn off propane bottles and disconnect.

• Ensure all hatches and ports are securely locked.

• Spray door lock and padlocks with CRC.

• Ensure lifeline gate is closed and secured.

Another useful website is http://www.livingaboard.net/tag/haul-out.

2 thoughts on “Haulout Checklist

  1. Hi Steve,

    Good to get ur stories,

    In Townsville, had an awesome run of calm weather for reef diving – a mill pond.

    How long is La M going to be unattended? The big panic for me is always the electrics going off. I guess if you empty all the refrigeration etc and get the load down to near zero then that is a good start.

    Best regards to Caz, I trust she broke the drought and all good!



  2. Genset, watermaker, windlass ,leave bilges open, may need to cover some solar panels,cover whole boat, Take photos, rat baits in cockpit. tender out of the weather, outboard serviced, flush engines with freshwater/ heat exchangers, cover winches. lift all beds up for airing
    Michael Elaine

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