Monday, April 13, 2015

We had a brutally cold winter in Boston this year and life on the boat was cruel. Water temperatures in the inner harbor dangerously approached the freezing point but thankfully there were only pockets of ice and my slip, on the outer edge of the marina where the Charles River current is strong, escaped getting iced in.

The water lines on board froze, as did the winter water lines the marina strings about a meter below the surface so I was without fresh water for a month or so but that was good motivation to get to the gym. Huge thanks to Sebastian and the crew at Constitution Marina for all their hard work at keeping the water flowing and the docks and parking lot clear of snow.

I've been busy getting Jeroboam ready for sailing season. Even though I'm not racing this boat to Bermuda in June, there are still lots of other things to be done and other races later in the season to prepare for. Spring work list includes:

  1. Remove canvas cover
  2. Bend on sails
  3. Check all running rigging
  4. Check all standing rigging, up the mast, inspect all the masthead gear
  5. Full electronics/autopilot test, re-calibrations for all
  6. New red/white LED bulbs for cabin
  7. Galley light housing replacement
  8. Auto pilot ram bolts re-torqued
  9. Clean water tanks
  10. Switch to propane water heater, commission, test
  11. Commission dinghy, outboard, bottom paint
  12. Replace stern vent covers
  13. Commission mooring, attached pennants, replace shackles, dive on mooring to inspect bottom chain and shackle
  14. Clean barbecue grill
  15. Dive on boat bottom, clean, replace zinc
  16. Spare docklines, fenders, hose, winter gear to storage
  17. Engine maintenance, oil/filter change, coolant/gear oil check
  18. Winch maintenance, disassemble, de-grease, re-lube

Having finished most of the above, I departed Boston yesterday for my mooring in Salem Harbor. Mike Piper's J/111 Eagles Dare is slashing in Fairhaven today and we're sailing back to Marblehead this weekend so the race to prepare/train for Bermuda 1-2 is officially on.