|Clarke family xmas card|
|Bear in Slings|
3. Strip deck of all gear and stow below decks. It does not seem like much, but on a cruising boat it adds up. We get a room at a nearby B&B for a few nights while stowing Bear and making her ready for hibernation.
5. We remove the steering wheel on Bear. There is hydraulic steering on bear, so all we can do is an exterior inspection of the pumps and hoses.
6. The engine is my main concern. We have no generator on Bear. We charge our 650 amps of rolls gold wet cell batteries with four solar panels and a wind generator. The solar panels stay on line over the winter. I dilute two gallons of anti freeze to the open cooling side of the engine. I take the hose off the sea cock and into a five gallon bucket. My assistant starts the engine and another looks for the green or red antifreeze tell tale signs the system is full by observing the exhaust through hull fitting for color change. I remover all four injectors and use about 20-25cc of Marvel Mystery oil in each of the Perkins 4-236 engine. I then replace the injectors and roll the engine over about two revolutions to coat the cylinder wall of the engine. I have four fuel tanks on Bear; they are steel and integral to the hull. There is a polishing system onboard so I can filter with 2 micron between the tanks. I was told by a Cummins Rep to leave the fuel tanks as empty as possible. The theory being less fuel means less algae growth. I don’t thing algae growth is less of a problem in Northern Climates.
|Bear 'on the hard'|
13. Our wind Generator is being replaced, so we did not worry about taking off the blades and wrapping the body in plastic.
14. We wash all our bedding and laundry and keep it in the bag.
15. We wipe down the interior with a mild solution of vinegar and water.
17. We leave two heater tubes and a dehumidifier on timers. We have the yard check these every 2-3 months or so. The dehumidifier is put on top of our galley sink, so there is no way the hose to the drain can fail, since there is none. It’s a gravity feed left to our only open seacock. We set the unit at 6 on a scale of 1-10. If too dry, the interior wood can dry rot.
19. Look how your neighbor’s boats are stored and photo the boats around yours. Flying debris can be a big concern.
20. We store our two dinghies ashore along with our winterized engines inside the boatyards storage shed and cover all with a dinghy cover.
21. Make a good list of spares and items not easily acquired and make sure they don’t weigh over 50 lbs for the airplane trip back.
22. I think it is important to be off the boat, but in the area for 24-48 hours to make sure everything is thought of.'
Talking to Mark, everything appears to have gone smoothly during this time and they as a family are all looking forward with excitement to getting back to 'Bear', recommissioning her and continueing their voyage. So, in a month or two we shall hear how successful their laying up steps have been when 'Bear' comes out of hibernation - we wish them good luck.
You can read more about vessel laying up and other general preservation techniques in my ebook 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' downloadable from my website www.sailboat2adventure.com