and smoke alarms),
sniff for any electrical odors. It’s possible that a circuit
could be overloaded
or shorted, or the
battery is being overcharged. Find the
Make sure the
boat is well-ventilated. Air circulation
prevents mold and
mildew from forming down below and
keeps the boat smelling fresh. Covers
should have ventilation ports to allow air
to circulate; leaving a hatch or portlight in
the head compartment cracked open a tiny
bit will bring that air inside the boat. If your
topsides are painted, air also needs to be able
to circulate between the cover or shrinkwrap
and the boat to avoid blistering. If you don’t
have a cover, take the opportunity to open
several hatches and ports while you’re visiting to circulate fresh air below.
Covers that do not allow air circulation around the hull can
cause paint blisters.
below will get out again.
Sailors, check that halyards have
been securely tied off if the mast was
not unstepped. Slapping halyards leave scars
on the mast and drive anyone in the vicinity
crazy. If you haven’t done so already, remove
roller-furling headsails to reduce windage. If
your sails need cleaning, send them off to
Does the boat smell moldy? There
could be a portlight or hatch leak. Other
smells, such as gasoline, propane, or vermin,
need to be investigated right away. If you
leave your 12-volt or AC electrical system on
(the only things that should be on over the
winter are the battery charger, bilge pump/
Leaves can block scuppers, allowing
water to collect in the cockpit.
If you encounter mold or mildew, ignoring it can result in serious damage to the
interior. Wipe down mildewed surfaces with
any one of several commercial products or a
50/50 solution of white vinegar and water.
(If the problem recurs frequently, add a solar
ventilator when the weather breaks.)
Open lockers to circulate air and
leave them open. Tilt cushions up or,
better yet, take them home. Cushions tend
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