Whether your boat has enjoyed a winter off or it’s time to take on some annual chores, our guide to fitting out will make sure your boat is ready for a great year of sailing
Clean the rig
If the rig is out of the boat, take advantage of the opportunity to study it on a horizontal plane and show it some TLC. At the very least, give it a good cleaning with a mild soap solution. Also consider buffing it to give it some real shine. Keep in mind though that while a slippery mast is aerodynamically efficient and good looking, it can make a trip up the rig somewhat more complicated. If you opt for the buffing step, make sure you use a buffing compound safe for the finish on your mast, be it painted or aluminum.