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When hauling out, there will inevitably be some finger crossing and breath holding as the boat rises from the water. At that same moment, the mind flashes to the odd bump in the night during a passage or the “soft” grounding that happened while transiting the ICW. Sure, you know all the possible things that could be a problem, you just hope they aren’t.
To identify and defuse potential problems under the waterline, industry professionals recommend hauling out once a year — especially if you don’t dive. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to haul and paint every year though, it just means you need to take a look. Check the zincs, prop, saildrive or prop shaft, rudder and post, thru-holes and the general condition of the paint and fiberglass. If you aren’t sure about something, consult a professional, because there is no such thing as deferred maintenance under the waterline.
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