Boat maintenance tips for the procrastinators amongst you
So the season has started! UK weather has perked up and the Med weather has settled down after a rather windy and cold start.
I don’t know if you are the same, but I try to do all my boat jobs during the winter months. Well that’s what winters are for. However, there are normally a few jobs left over that get done as the year progresses. Then, as usual, as the summer heat builds and the sailing gets more fun, one becomes less enthusiastic about those last few jobs. Needless to say though, you can be sure that the last job on the list is the one that is going to show itself at the most inopportune moment.
So there we were happily sailing along the north coast of Sardinia in glorious sunshine when I noticed the bilge pump operating more frequently than usual. One of my fresh water tanks had emptied itself into the bilge because of a faulty valve. In port it took just 20 minutes to fit the new one (which I had purchased in the winter) and refill the tank.
I suppose the moral of this tale is ‘if it needs doing, don’t delay, do it’