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Preparing Your Sea Craft for Winter

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Fishing Boat

Fishing Boat

Organizing Routine Maintenance:

The high priority tasks to organize are seaworthiness and safety. The first jobs are almost always the same and must be done as soon as possible after the boat is hauled out.

First check the bottom. This is easier when the hull is still wet. Scrub with an old broom dipped in sand and gravel, then hose off the loosened debris. A high-pressure water hose is ideal for this, but be careful to not wash away paint and wood fibres.

Then clean the topsides and apply a coat of boat polishing wax for protection during the winter. All boats, particularly those with varnished or painted topsides need to be covered and the awning should be properly secured so as not to work loose.

For boats riding at the moorings, place a marker at the hull. This will give you a reference point to determine the amount of bilge water.

Check the exterior for lifted varnish and exposed wood. Bare wood should be varnished with a thick varnish. Brush on or apply with a rag, working well into the grain.
Arrange an awning, with the help of a friend to watch the props for the first few minutes and to warn you if they move.

Many boat owners consider that a dry winter berth is unnecessary and haul out on alternate year, especially those who own fibreglass boats.  A mud berth can provide a satisfactory winter berth for round and flat-bottomed boats but should be tidal, allowing the boat to float on an average high tide.

If the boat winters afloat, remember that corrosion and fouling will continue through the winter and early beaching and cleaning at the beginning of the new season may be necessary.

Before leaving the boat for winter, remove all items that might be stolen, including the propeller. Everything removable should be taken to ashore to allow maximum circulation of air.
Remove cushions, mattresses, curtains, carpets and any other movable and valuable pieces. Remove floorboards, drawers, etc. and pump the bilges dry. Stop holes in the hull after cleaning out any accumulated marine growths.
Shut all sea cocks and disconnect and drain water hoses, including the toilet, engine water jacket, heat exchanger, etc. Plug sea-cocks or refit hoses for safety and wash all deck fittings, rigging screws, etc. with fresh, warm water and coat with petroleum jelly.

Disconnect the batteries and take ashore. Smear the battery leads with petroleum jelly. Empty water tanks, top up diesel fuel tanks. Remove the gas cylinder and brush paraffin over the jets and burner of the stove to protect the vulnerable brass and steel parts.

Don’t lock stale air in the boat
Everything removable should be taken to ashore to allow maximum circulation of air.  Open cabin and locker doors and wedge to allow air to circulate and prevent them from swinging. It is particularly important to arrange for air circulation at the ends of the boat. Lock the fore-hatch slightly open.

Winterizing the Engine
When the temperature falls below freezing, if there is water inside your engine or gear case, the result can be a cracked block or housing and a repair bill that runs into the thousands.
Before hauling out: Drain oil sump, refill with recommended lubricating oil, which contains a rust-inhibiting additive if you are laying up a motor for very long periods. This will prevent condensation from forming inside the tank. Add antifreeze to the sealed water cooling system and run the motor to ensure that the antifreeze is thoroughly mixed. If the motor has been overheating, the cooling system should be drained and cleaned.

To protect cylinder head and valves, mix a small amount of petrol with oil [3-1] , feed into the fuel line to coat the carburetor and cylinder head. Pour a little oil into the air intake with the engine running. Clean or replace filter and strainers. Remove rocker cover, oil rockers and springs, and replace. Clean engine by wire-brushing rusty parts and then with a rag dipped into methylated spirits. Remove carburetor, plug inlet with an oily rag, remove spark plugs and pour about one teaspoon of oil into each cylinder. Replace plugs finger tight and rotate the flywheel several times to distribute oil.

Draining he cooling system:
Open seacocks and check valves, then drain. Release upper-most flexible hose and blow down it until air can be hear gurgling out of the water inlet and outlet. Shut seacocks to exclude the seawater. Open all other pet cocks and drain plugs completely. Close and flush with fresh water hose inserted into the water inlet.
Open all drain plugs to make sure they are clear. Poke with a stiff wire if necessary. If blocked, disconnect hoses and plug the exhaust , keeping the seacocks closed if the boat is to winter afloat.
If it is possible that water is trapped in the raw water cooling system, fill with a mix of water and anti-freeze poured into a top hose. Bleed drain plus and pet cocks and top up if necessary. Paint rusted engine parts.

Stabilize the fuel:
Some boaters prefer to store the tanks full to minimize the potential for condensation. A cupful of water in the tank in the spring is a lot smaller problem than 50 gallons of bad gasoline, but if you want to leave the tank full, pour in an appropriate amount of gasoline stabilizer to combat the formation of passage-clogging gums.

Store engine upright because laying the engine down risks water draining where it shouldn’t. An engine stand is easy enough to cobble together.

Source: The Boat Repair Manual by George Buchanan
Consultant Editors: Allan Boyd, Harry Spencer, and George Chandler.

By Margot B


Commonwealth Games 2010: Pool probed as swimmers fall ill

October 7, 2010 2 comments

Halsall was visibly unwell when receiving her 100m freestyle bronze.

Halsall was visibly unwell when receiving her 100m freestyle bronze

Commonwealth Games officials are to investigate whether the quality of the water in the practice pool is causing illness among the swimmers.

England‘s team leader John Atkinson said 20% of the swim team, including Rebecca Adlington and Fran Halsall, have suffered with stomach problems.

Australia are blaming the practice pool for several of their team being ill.

“It’s a matter we’ll deal with with the greatest of urgency,” said Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell.

“We must find this out immediately. If there’s something unsafe you can’t swim in that water.

“We have ensured the water quality is tested, and food. We don’t have specific reports about illness and the reasons why.

“We are concerned if athletes are not well and cannot perform at their best. We haven’t had specific reports of swimming being different from the rest.”

England swimming officials said that although they have received assurances from the Games organisers that the water in the Delhi pool is safe, the team are waiting for a copy of the test results.

England duo Halsall and Adlington both admitted they were feeling unwell on Wednesday.

Halsall, one of the favourites for 100m freestyle gold, looked out of sorts, although she still managed to win a bronze medal.

The Liverpudlian cut short a post-race interview with BBC Sport’s Sharron Davies to stop herself from being sick.

She said: “I don’t think I’m very well to be honest. I came down with a bit of a tummy bug and had nothing to give, I pretty much couldn’t stand up after my final. I need to go before I am sick on you.”

Team Doctor Ian Gordon added: “Unfortunately she is just one of quite a few who have gone down with this but she is a bit more high-profile than some of the others.

“It is hygiene related. They have been assiduous in their personal hygiene but everybody is going down with this acutely.”

Adlington, who is due to swim in the 800m freestyle final later on Thursday, won a relay bronze on Wednesday before saying on her Twitter feed: “Got a bronze on the 4×200 tonight! Girls did amazing! Very proud! Hoping I feel better tomorrow though, not flash at the min!”

A Commonwealth Games England statement read: “As of today there are 541 England team members in the Village. Over the past 28 days 8% of our team have had some kind of mild stomach conditions.

“These levels are lower than we expected coming into this environment. But we are not complacent and continue to reinforce the need to be vigilant in areas like hand hygiene.

“Separately, we have asked for reassurances as to the water quality at the aquatics venue.”

Former Australian swimmer and five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe does not believe the swimming pool is the cause of the illness among some of the competitors.

“I’d be surprised if it was the pool because chlorine has an amazing ability to kill just about anything that we have ever created,” he said.

“I don’t think it will be the pool but, maybe, around the pool.

“I think, given that all of the swimmers are in the same conditions, it is fine and fair competition.”

Fennell and Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi were also asked about ticket sales and if over zealous security was putting spectators off attending.

“Ticket sales are going up and most of the major issues have been sorted out,” claimed Kalmadi. “Ticketing is not an issue any more.”

Fennell also apologised for an incident at the athletes’ village in which three Ugandan officials, including the team’s chef de mission, were injured in their vehicle at an entry gate.

A ‘tyre killer’ device was activated after the radio frequency reader failed to read the vehicle’s sticker.

The sharp-edged barrier which stays below the ground when authorised vehicles pass over it rose suddenly and hit the vehicle, leading to the occupants suffering minor cuts and bruises.

“We regret the incident at the athletes’ village very much,” said Fennell.

Fennell was also questioned about reports of condoms blocking toilets in the athletes’ village.

He replied: “If that is happening, it shows there is use of condoms and I think that’s a very positive story, that athletes are being responsible.”

Story from BBC SPORT:

Published: 2010/10/07 12:49:20 GMT



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