The annual haul-out is essential to protect your investment and ensure your enjoyment and confidence in the vessel in the months ahead. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a boatyard to do it, if you want to get the best value for your work and service dollar, it pays to be prepared...remember the 7 P's? It sometimes is a challenge to find a wide enough lift to haul a catamaran, so plan ahead. Find a good yard that is conveniently located. Plan your job before arriving at the yard. Indecisiveness can become costly in yard fees and a crew sitting idle. We usually do the work ourselves if time allows. A few weeks before the haulout we make sure that we have the bottom paint, tape, brushes, replacement zincs, and other equipment, etc. ready for the job. We plan exactly what jobs needs doing and what we need for each job i.e. service sail drive, service props, etc. and shedule the contractors if neccessary.
Haul Out Check List:
Pressure Wash: Once the boat is hauled out of the water, pressure-wash the hull to remove all barnacles and slime and wash down the top sides.
Inspection: Look the hull over for dings, cracks and blisters. Check the condition of the underwater lights, swim platform, rudders, centerboard trunks (if applicable) and bow thruster (if applicable).
To-do list: Once you know what needs repairs, youcan adjust the list to repair or replace damaged items or employ subcontractors as necessary in case of osmosis or fibreglass repairs etc.
Check engines, props, shafts: Replace worn cutlass bearings and shaft packing or worn rubber boots on seals. Check shafts and shaft-to-engine connections. Inspect propellers and repair dings or replace. Check propeller balance and re-balance as necessary. Just Catamarans usually services our props every year when in Fort Lauderdale. It's best to leave it to the experts.
Through-hulls: Check for corroded fittings, and missing or broken bonding cables. Test seacocks and lubricate.
Transducers: Clean and lubricate as necessary to ensure paddlewheel logs rotate freely.
Anodes and Ground Plates: We usually replace all zincs but this year our zincs were in great shape. Replace corroded ground plates; make sure the internal connections are tight.
Anchors and chain: Take some time to inspect your anchors and chain and put new length markers on if neccesary i.e. paint, zip ties etc. We have tried it all and it never lasts but we are pretty good at judging our scope now and we don't absolutely rely on markers, but it's nice to have. We carry three anchors, a Rocna anchor (primary), a Fortress anchor (backup), a Delta anchor and 200 ft of chain. Read about our recommendations on anchors.
Sand: Before re-painting the hull, be sure to have it wet-sanded to remove contaminants. In most cases just a light sanding will do fine.
Paint: Paint at least 2 coats of a good anti-fouling. Paint another at least 2 coats on the leading edges, the rudders, the waterline and the propellers.
Launch: Have some spare paint and brushes ready to paint the patches where the blocks were for the tressels before the boat goes back in the water.
Checks: Before the travel lift releases the boat completely, make sure that the engines start up and check the bilges to make sure that there are no leaks.
Mooring: Remember to book a slip or make sure that you have a place to anchor after the launch.
Enjoy a wonderful sailing season!