The cruising life is a great and generally relaxed one, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few eternal challenges. Undoubtedly, the endless cycle of routine preventative maintenance is one prime example that will certainly try your patience. Then there’s the hassle factor of stripping the boat down prior to hauling ashore—packing all of her gear away in the sad reflection that the season is over. Dealing with endless lists of needed spare parts and kit for repair, to be delivered to a myriad different service stations, while desperately trying not to miss anything. Then, finally, seeing her suspended in the air as the moment of truth arrives, an experience neither Lou nor I have learned to love—and we know we’re not alone. This is all bad enough when close to home, in a boatyard you’re familiar with and where you and your boat are a known quantity. Far from home in a foreign country with very different ways and means and with (perhaps) a language barrier, what is merely an unwelcome hassle at home can become a really daunting obstacle. Having spent a considerable amount of my life in boatyards, both in the UK and many countries abroad, I know from bitter experience that things don’t always go as planned. Emphatically, this is one area where it really doesn’t do to just leave things to fate and hope for the best. What is needed is good planning and firm resolve to ensure that things will go well. Assuming that you are planning or even enjoying a long-term cruise and are on an average budget and so carry out at least some of your own maintenance, these two articles are aimed at you, although even our most well-heeled hands-off readers will find something useful here, too. So in the hope of saving you time, money and tears, here is a simple guide on how to select, manage and (perhaps?) enjoy your stay in the boatyard, wherever it may be.
Next: Surviving The Boatyard—Part 2
- 40 Tips For A Reliable Cruising Boat
- Three Tips to Make Your Cruising Boat More Reliable
- Estimating The Cost of Maintaining a Cruising Boat
- Boat Maintenance—Don’t Go Broke Saving Money
- Boat Maintenance—What’s Your Screwup Tolerance?
- Priorities In Preparation
- The Unknown Unknowns
- Perfect or Good Enough?
- Spare Parts—Which To Buy and How To Keep Track Of Them
- You Need More Than Money
- Don’t Get Stuck!—Tools and Techniques for Cruisers
- Surviving The Boatyard—Part 1
- Surviving The Boatyard—Part 2
- Managing Boatyard Costs—Part 1
- Managing Boatyard Costs—Part 2
- Apps We Use to Manage our Boat and Cruises
- 8 Things I Learned From a Lazy Man’s Galley Makeover
- Washing Machines: Complexity and Space Considerations
- Four Hand Tools I Should Have Bought Years Ago
- Cruiser’s Power Tool Kit
- Cruiser’s Tool Kit—Wrenches
Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.