Spring is around the corner, and it’s time to get your boat ready for the upcoming season! Take the time now to go through your checklist and make sure everything is working properly. 

Here are five items to review before you hit the water for the first time this year:

  1. Review all standing rigging and halyards. 
    We recommend that standing rigging and halyards are replaced every 5 years. (Spinnaker halyards and backstays every year.) Do this to avoid breakdowns at regattas and during your sailing season. Look for broken strands or deterioration around swage balls. 
  1. Review all running rigging.
    If you have a scow, the most wear and tear is on board lines and purchase for your board system. Ensure that you thoroughly review that system. Take a close look at your traveler and all of the components as those systems get a lot of use. If your lines are worn, replace them.  
  1. Pull your sails out of storage.
    Check over your sails for the racing season. Check your battens closely – make sure they are straight and not twisted. Many people roll their sails up in a rush at the end of the year and their battens are warped or twisted. 
  1. Review your hull.
    Prepare your boat for the season by cleaning your hull with soap and water. Get rid of dirt and grime along with all of the hard water spots. This is important for ultimate speed.
  1. Don’t forget your trailer!
    If you plan on hitting the road and traveling to regattas, check your wheels and lights. And just as important -check and grease your trailer bearings every year. 

Don’t wait until the last minute and rush through your to-do list. Start now and make sure you are ready for a successful racing season. Check Melges Sailing Supply for authorized parts, covers, and accessories for your boat. In the market for a new sail? Email Quantum Sails Zenda at sales@melges.com