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Hardware

Inspect Your Rigging

Getting to the water only to find a fitting has broken, a clevis ring is missing or a halyard is frayed can ruin a whole day.  A visual inspection is easy and can generally be accomplished in a couple hours or less. All you need is a magnifying lens, a mirror, some toilet paper, your fingernails, a boatswain’s chair, and a pair of reasonably good eyes.

BoatU.S. article on Inspecting your Mast and Rigging.
BoatU.S. Rigging Checklist
How to Keep Your Jib Furler Alive, by Brian Toss

Deck Hardware

It's worth spending a little time to inspect and clean your deck hardware hardware when you lay your yacht up for the winter as this can save you money in the long run and prevent a future failure next season. Don't forget to also wash the boat thoroughly, dry and stow away non-essential halyards and sheets; they will last longer and will be clean for next season.
Suggested End of Year Hardware Maintenance

Underwater Hardware

Below the surface of the water lives an environment that can be tough on a boat and its metal parts and fittings. Inspect and service these parts when the boat is out of the water, and perform visual inspections when cleaning or swimming on the bottom of your boat. Check all zincs annually, if half (or more) of a zinc has been lost to corrosion, replace it.
Sacrificial Anodes, by Don Casey

Inspect your propeller for any growth or visual damage. This will help improve performance and help maintain the value of your investment.


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