Spring has sprung in North America. As the days get longer and warmer, we all start to look forward to the beginning of the sailing season. But before we can hit the water there are a few steps every conscious boater should take to ensure their boat is ready for summer!
1. Inspect the Boat for Any Damage
Even the most careful boater cannot always prepare for what may happen while the boat is stored for the winter. When you uncover your boat, inspect the hull and deck for any dings, dents or cracks that need to be repaired. Check for any water inside the boat. If there is any water in the boat, do a deeper inspection to make sure there isn’t any damage/mildew inside the boat.
There is a reason why spring is known as the season for cleaning; get your boat looking spic and span by cleaning it with a simple sponge and dish soap. If you have any difficult stains, a natural cleaner works well. You can use mild chemical-based cleaners for spot treatments, but it needs to be diluted. Stronger cleaners run the risk of damaging or removing the gel coat and should be avoided.
3. Check Your Sails
Unroll your sails and check that they are clean and don’t require any repairs. Install the battens, checking the pockets in the sail for any fraying or tears.
4. Inspect Your Mast, Boom, Rudder, Daggerboard, Lines, Etc.
Make sure that your boom and mast are in good shape and don’t have any signs of wear or water/debris in them. If they happened to get wet during the winter, check for any rust or corrosion. Inspect your lines to see if they are fraying or mildewy. Have parts that you need to repair? Reach out to your local dealer for help finding replacement parts.
5. Make any upgrades/fixes before launching
It can be hard to resist the urge to launch your boat as soon as the ice melts. But it is better to make any upgrades/repairs before you get your boat in the water because it will save you time and energy later. There is no worse feeling than getting ready to go out for a sail and realizing that your mainsheet is completely frayed. By following these tips you’ll ensure that your boat is ready to be used all summer long!
If you have any questions on how to best look after your RS boat, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care Team!