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Reducing washboard brightwork maintenance and ventilating a wintered boat


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What is the issue?
If you cannot cover a wintered vessel the bright work will endure a challenging winter environment that will cause degradation. Sealed wintered boats are also subject to mould damage and can develop a stale and unpleasant smell.

Why address this?
Reducing brightwork hardship will reduce maintenance and increase service life as does a fresh and clean boat.

How to address this?
Remove the main companionway wash boards for the winter and replace them with a single made-to-measure piece of painted marine plywood. Stow the boards in a dry location out of harmful sunlight.


When making the board add a ample vent holes and attach a water proof cover as presented in figure 1. Set in place a wire mesh barrier to the back of the board if you have any concern about rodents being in the area.

Make covers for the rest of the brightwork the will be remain exposed to the elements for the winter.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.



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