As the weather warms, many people are in the process of taking their boats out of storage following the winter. Soon, it will be time to set sail again in the new season.
Most boaters store their vessels at some point during the year. The vessels usually pass long periods without use. Therefore, there’s always a chance that storing a boat could cause normal elements of wear and tear to the boat.
Sailboats are perhaps the most beautiful crafts on the water. However, sailboats are very complex vehicles. They require a lot of attention, and have many unique, fragile components. Since the sail is the driving force behind the sailboat, storing it takes care.
As you pull your sail out of storage, you need to carefully inspect its various components. If the sail has sustained damage over the winter, it may cause problems that extend to other parts of the boat. Furthermore, insurance may not cover the repairs to damages the sail sustains in storage. That’s why proper storage and proper inspection are vital elements of maintaining your sail’s reliability and lifetime.
When you pull your sail out of storage, inspect if very carefully:
- Look at the sail’s coverings for rips or other damages. There is always a chance that dry rot, mold, or insect infestations could affect the sail. Have these damages repaired before you sail. In some cases, your boat insurance may cover repairs to a sail.
- In most cases, it is best to buy a new set of mooring ropes each season. That way, you can re-string and attach the sail without running the risk of using old or frayed materials.
- Inspect any attachments that come with the sail. Metal attachments, rings and hooks may rust or deteriorate each season. You should test these items before embarking on a sail. Make sure they operate fully and don’t break after use.
- Make sure you clean the sail thoroughly to wash away any dirt or grime buildup that may impact operations.
- Your sail might need minor repairs due to normal wear and tear. If you feel you can repair these small damages yourself, do so before you sail. If not, have a professional repair the damages.
- Check the sail attachments on the boat itself. Inspect any apparatuses that attach the sail to the hull. Make sure these items can still securely hold the sail. Additionally, make sure that your steering, roping and guide mechanisms all function properly.
Never forget to check your boat insurance policy and your owner’s manual before setting out for a sail. These documents may provide guidance on how best to prepare your sail for a new season.
Casey Insurance Group can help you get a fast, free sailboat insurance quote. Give us a call at (888) 537-1412 for more information.