In between winter training and mince pies, make sure you take the time to get your boat in tip top shape ready for next season.

There’s loads of things you can do to make sure your boat is race ready and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Ideally you can get your boat somewhere warm and dry, it’s much easier to work on in the garage and it gives your boat the chance to dry out a little!

Here’s a little checklist to get you started.

  • Check the hull for damage – any GRP or wood work is going to take time to do properly so focus on this first.
  • Give the foils a good inspection, damage here can really slow you down.  Consider getting these professionals refurbished!
  • Clean the hull thoroughly – I use a pressure washer here and but a bucket and a sponge works well too!  Wash the mast, boom, hull and everything else you can find!  Make sure you get into the sail tracks too!
  • Dry everything thoroughly and lubricate – a good marine lubricant is ideal and will last a long time.  Pay special attention to sail tracks and blocks.  Spray anything that moves.
  • Replace O-Rings on hatch covers! Adding a smear of Vaseline is good here too!
  • Check the tightness of any nuts, bolts and screw and replace anything that’s damaged or worn.
  • Replace any worn, damaged or tatty ropes and bungie.

Finally wait for a nice sunny day and give your boat a couple of coats of polish!

If all this sounds too much like hard work, you could have it done for you.  at South Cerney we use West Country Boat Repairs but Synergy Marine in Waldringfield also offer a refurbishment service.

If you have any tips on maintaining your Cadet then stick something in the comments below.

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