Leaving Your Boat in Alaska: Guest Post by Christy/sv Hello World

We’ve never been lucky enough to cruise to Alaska on sv Winterlude … the chilly weather violates David’s after retiring rule about never living anywhere that he cannot wear his shorts.   So we don’t have a checklist for commuter cruisers leaving their boat’s in  cold climate.

But sv Hello World and Christy have agreed to share great post with a checklist of leaving the boat in a frozen climate with Commuter Cruiser readers!  So if you’re contemplating leaving your boat in Alaska, or any other frozen paradise, check out the checklist below!

From Christy via sv HelloWorld’s blog, click here!

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“I know you all have been wondering “well jeez Christy, if we leave our boat in Alaska, what would we have to do to get it ready for that cold, hard winter?”

Don’t despair, Christy and Jason are here with our winter decommissioning list! Special thanks to Wayne and Betty for forwarding on their list, without which we might have forgotten a lot of stuff.

You can breathe a big, giant sigh of relief now…here you go 🙂

  • Pull off running rigging
  • Sign up for boat watching serviceRemove stern anchor and rode – store in anchor locker
    • Interview candidates
    • Decide on checklist
  • Move chain to top of anchor locker
  • Grease windlass
  • Look into shrinkwrap options
  • Get insurance approval
  • Clean deck
  • Chafe gear on all dock lines
  • Gardenhose flush the scuppers
  • Clean canvas
  • Washdown anchor/chain with fresh water
  • Clean anchor locker out
  • Stow dinghy on deck
  • Remove all misc items from deck (jerry cans, crab traps, etc)
  • Fill fuel tank
    • Add biocide
  • Winterize inboard engineTurn on utilities
    • change engine oil and transmission oil
    • blow out raw water
    • close through-hull
  • Stow all sails
    • Main – tie down
    • Jib and Staysail – remove and stow
  • Winterize outboard engineEmpty holding tank
    • drain gas
    • blow out raw water
    • tef-gel on handles
    • stow down below
  • Put plastic bags on winches and windlass
  • Winterize bilgeRemove dodger and bimini canvas
    • clean out bilge
    • put a layer of RV antifreeze in the bilge
    • turn the bilge pump on to draw in the antifreeze
  • Add helm cover
  • Remove portable GPS
  • Book flight out!
  • Stow dinghy gas can and oars
  • Stow canned food below waterline, in plastic
  • Clean diesel heater and replace chimney with cap
  • Set up utilities on autopay
  • Hardware store:Clean the boat
    • RV antifreeze
    • sandbags for companionway
    • tarps
  • Drain both water tanks
  • Winterize:
    • washdown pump
    • fwd head sink drain
    • fwd head inlet
    • fwd shower drain
    • aft head inlet
    • aft head outlet
    • aft shower drain
    • galley sink drain
    • freshwater pump
    • hot/cold faucets in galley, aft head, fwd head
    • hot water heater
    • freshwater foot pump
  • Winterize watermakerClean out and turn off fridge (pull fuse and leave open)
    • through-hull to boost pump
    • boost pump to membrane
    • membrane to watertank
    • hot water heater to carbon filter
  • Clean the finger pier
  • Hang cockpit enclosure/dodger/bimini panels in salon
  • Move sails into salon
  • Move cockpit seat pads into salon
  • Open all doors/cabinetsClose propane canisters
    • Pull off doors in starboard side hanging locker
    • Open vanity locker door
    • Pull off hatches from settee lockers
  • Lock cockpit locker
  • Remove cushions from side of hull and cover with tarpTake out garbage
    • master bed
    • quarterberth bed
    • settees
    • nav desk
  • Install wood hatchboards
  • Put all remaining clothes in a garbage bag
  • Put sheets, pillows and linens in garbage bag
  • Batteries
    • Check water
    • Double check that both switches are open on the batteries
    • Check starting battery voltage
  • Verify electricalClose all through-hulls
    • DC panel is off
    • only outlets and charger are on on 120V AC panel
    • fridge fuse is pulled
    • bilge pump is working
  • Take photos of winterization
  • Run oil radiator heater, dehumidifier and fans
  • Leave extra antifreeze for boatwatcher to add to bilge if necessary

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