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Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 9:44am

Post Subject: Check lists

As a first time buyer about to take to the water, are there any check lists that be either downloaded or made up to ensure that all the daily/weekly checks on the boat are carried out before cruising and after cruising to maintain or increase the longevity of the boat. I appreciate that there are different systems on different designs, but an overall check list would certainly assist the first time boater


Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 11:38am

Post Subject: Check lists

As you say there are many different systems and fittings so the first thing you need to do is to identify exactly what type of systems you have on your boat. For instance there are 3.5 different types of cooling systems (yes 3.5 - tank cooling being all but the same as keel cooling) plus permutations of 2 systems. It would also help to know what type of boat you have because steel narrow boats tend to differ in important respects to say a grp wide beam cruiser. If you want free information go to and read the notes there. This will explain about routine tasks for the mechanical side of things. If you want more information go to the maintenance notes on the same site. All can be downloaded and printed for non-commercial use. On a typical narrow boat you also need to turn down the stern gland greaser each day and ensure the engine bilge is dry. try to keep the engine drip tray clean and dry as well. Many narrow boats have a separate bilge under the living area. This needs checking every week to ensure it is dry. Any knicks and scratches in the paint work that go through to the steel need touching up asap although the blacked hull is not so important. To preserve the paintwork it needs fairly frequent washing and perhaps two or three good wax polishes to fight the ultra violet light - also turn it on its moorings to expose both sides to the sun. The list goes on and on but without more detail I can not be more specific. Tony Brooks

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