I managed to back the sailboat into the shed without knocking anything down.
Ignore the condition of the shed. It’s not mine and there isn’t anything I want to do about it other than seal it up so I can work in a heated space over the winter.
From this angle, it looks crooked, but it isn’t.
So, what is the first step? Winter is coming, so I think I need to make sure freezing temperatures won’t damage anything. Water will be the culprit to look for. I think there are two places to worry about.
1. The motor: These things are a necessary nuisance. I hear of people winterizing these things, so more research is needed here. I did find the outboard’s manual scattered about the cabin. I’ve rescued it and most of it (although moldy) is readable.
2. The bilge: This poor boat has been pretty neglected, and I believe it has been awash with water inside. It has a bilge pump that pumped it dry for the sale, but I’m guessing there might be water in the lines and the pump. That probably needs to be emptied before the first hard freeze.
Why do I live in the frigid wastelands of Maryland? – oh yeah, for love, the wife’s job is here. Someday I’ll move back to my beloved Florida, (or as we like to say Flor-i-duh)
So back to the motor. It’s a 7.5 horse power Mercury. Built between 1974 & 1976, it’s younger than me, but not by much. The boat was build in ’75, so this motor is probably the original. I know it runs, because the previous owner powered it around the point when bringing it from the slip to the boat ramp. So I’m pretty confident it can do what I need. I just need to learn how to take care of it.
gut the interior, clean it out and leave it that way till next winter’s project
repair exterior items as needed – for example, the leaky windows
check the rigging and repair anything needed to hold the mast up
check the sails
repair the trailer – lights don’t work, missing a spare, etc.
Build any props, helpers, etc. to raise the mast easily. Then practice!