Boat Prep – Clean your rig!

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Get into the habit of cleaning and waxing your rig/shrouds/spreaders….

Boat maintenance often seems to get in the way of actual sailing.  A little pre-season effort can go a long way, as we all know.  The final steps before you launch for the season involve making the boat look good.  After I spend some time with my hull/bottom, I’ll turn my attention to the rig.

When you think about all the windage you have above the rails, you’ll want to try and reduce as much as you can.  Spliced halyards help in both thickness and weight.  Hardware reduction in size/weight helps as well.  But something that is so simple is cleaning and waxing the rig.  You’d be surprised in how dirty and unsmooth the rig can get.

For painted finishes, a typical cleaner/wax like Starbrite with PTEF works great.  It provides a nice shine and keep the dirt at bay for much of a season.  For standard anodized finishes, you’ll want something a little thinner, like Holmenkol SportPolish, which goes on very thin, but provides a nice finish and great protection.

I’ll wax the extrusion, shrouds and spreaders.  I’ll also spend some time looking at the sheaves to make sure they are set up aerodynamically and run nicely.  The standard McLube spray is all you need to give sheaves a nice jolt of lube.

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