In pre FPB days it would take us two or three days of work to check the sails, rig, rigging, engine, and systems. With Wind Horse this is down to half a day. We started in the engine room yesterday, got interrupted, and finished this morning.
Shown above is the first step, checking all of the bolts associated with the steering system. The grimace is a part of a loud “arghhh”, a necessary aspect of tightening – or checking – these connections. The bolts include:
- Tiller arms
- Drag link
- Hydraulic cylinder bases
- Piston clevis lock nut
All of the bolts were tight, except one of the four on the port cylinder base which took half a turn.
Next the salt water pump impellers are checked. They are both fine.
Then the alternator belts, idler pulleys, tensioners, and alternator mounting bolt. All OK.
The final item with tools are the CV axle bolts.
- Check oil and coolant (tranny and engines)
- Inspect hydraulic system
- Tie down all loose gear
- Clean salt water strainers
- Clean watermaker membranes and replace their raw water filter
The rest involves getting the deck and emergency gear ready which we will cover in another blog.