Winter Layup

Winter layup- gear oil

by Conrad & Judy Kreuter

Q: Dear Boat Talk: My husband has already informed me not to bother him this winter as he has many projects lined up for his boat. What could he possibly be doing to his boat that would take all winter? Lonely, Port Jefferson, NY.

A: Dear Lonely: Your husband reminds us of a customer who came home from work, sat down in his favorite chair, turned on the TV, and said to his wife “Quick, bring me a beer before it starts.” His wife looked a little puzzled but brought him a beer. When he finished it he said, “Quick bring me another beer, it’s gonna start.” This time she looked a little angry but brought him a beer. When it was gone, he said, “Quick, another beer before it starts.” “That’s it!” She blows her top. “You loser! You waltz in here, flop your fat backside down, don’t even say hello to me, and then expect me to run around like your slave. Don’t you realize that besides working all day, I take care of this house, cook, clean, do the laundry and the lawn….” The husband sighs, “It’s started”!

We’ll just bet that you husband is getting his “honey do” list started before you have a chance to hit him with yours. The boating off-season is a great time to upgrade, improve and repair all the things on your boat that you have been thinking about all season. A lot of this work can be done on your boat in a solar heated environment when you have shrunk wrap your boat and installed an access door. Here is a list of the most often requested projects:

  • Install a swim platform and telescoping ladder
  • Add an auxiliary outboard motor and bracket
  • Install a GPS and Depth finder combination unit with transducer
  • Install an AM/FM/CD stereo radio with speakers
  • Replace the handheld VHF radio with a built in 25 watt unit
  • Repair the broken antenna for the VHF radio
  • Put in a lighted compass that actually has fluid in it
  • Add additional rod holders
  • Show your support by adding a US Flag or ensign and pole holder
  • Replace the tattered boat canvas
  • Add extra cup holders
  • Install an anchor windlass
  • Put a power winch on your trailer
  • Add accessory holders for your cell phone, binoculars, or trash
  • Rearrange the fore deck so the anchor can be deployed easily
  • Add additional cleats to make mooring easier
  • Replace the out of date fire extinguisher and flares
  • Repair the electric horn
  • Inspect all the life jackets, clean the good ones, throw away the non-serviceable ones and replace as needed
  • Check the dock and anchor lines
  • Replace the trailer lights and wiring
  • Put in a salt or fresh water washdown system
  • Install a bait cutting table
  • Remove, clean, and re-oil teak
  • Add disk brakes to the trailer
  • Install a second battery system
  • Add a pivoting tongue jack to the trailer
  • Replace the frayed trailer winch cable
  • Reseal or re-bed thru hull fittings
  • Replace broken rollers on the trailer
  • Remove, inspect and re-grease the trailer bearings
  • Install a battery isolator or battery charger
  • Install a 12 volt accessory plug at the dash
  • Add a remote controlled spotlight or a halogen floodlight
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector
  • Add an automatic float switch to the bilge pump