Mindy Abbott Sailboat February 09th, 2018 - 10:07:33
Sailboat Winch Maintenance is Greasy and Messy If youre like most sailboat owners, you havent serviced your winches since you owned the boat. Every year you say this is going to be the year you clean and grease the winches, but something more important always comes along. Servicing sailboat winches is a greasy, messy job that intimidates even the most boat-savvy person. However, winches need to be greased because they are among the most expensive items on the sailboat! The Sailboat Winch Jigsaw Every winch is different, so theres no good way to memorize how a winch goes back together. However, a sailboat winch can not be put together wrong because the parts only fit together the right way - with the exception of maybe getting a washer in the wrong place.
When commissioning any radio control sailboat it is always a good idea to first work out a recovery plan in case the remote control or servers fail. Begin by testing your model in a small pond that allows you to reach any point in the water or on shore. Expand your scope progressively as you gain confidence, but never, never risk your pride and joy in a large lake or open stretch of ocean. There are several ways to acquire the model RC Sailboat of your dreams. These include off-the-peg, modified, scratch built, and totally original versions. The final choice depends on you: your experience, your technical competence, and, of course, how much time you have available to spend on this fascinating hobby. Whichever option you choose, the time spent will prove to have been worthwhile. When you are finished, you can sail away to your hearts content, the envy of all who come to admire your radio control model sailboat.
There are other advantages, too. Fiberglass boats usually have separate keels that are bolted in place. The bolts work in the retaining holes in the hull, enlarging then slightly, and after a few years you are likely to get leaks. Worse still, if you press your sailboat really hard, the bolts can break,and you lose the keel. This happens quite often in racing, and can happen to cruising sailboats as well. The keel of a steel or aluminum boat is formed as part of the hull, so it cannot come off - and the ballast of lead or steel is encapsulated inside, where it cannot move. If you are looking for a 20-28 foot sailboat to cruise around rivers, estuaries and a little offshore cruising, then fiberglass is fine. But if you want to go further, or you want your boat to be of a particular design, choose aluminum or steel. Many firms offer excellent designs for metal sailboats, and some offer sets of panels that you weld together - or have welded together - usually complete with instructions.
There are different kinds of sailboat to choose from. Some people neglect of choosing a wooden sailboat, maybe because of the modern technology. But having your own wooden sailboat, whether you just want a small one to have fun with close to shore or a larger boat that you can entertain on, is a great experience. You will need to make sure that the maintenance is something that is kept up, or you have a beautiful sailboat can quickly turn into a money gobbling monster. But for those who starting to live somewhere very cold then winterizing a sailboat is an important part of your end of season work.