laying up on the hard

LAYING UP ON THE HARD

LAYING UP AVANT

SY AVANT  🇨🇦 Rob & Debra – Beneteau 43.5′

We’ve had Avant offshore for a few years now and have developed a routine for
laying her up for the off season. It’s a fair amount of work, but pays
dividends in letting us come back to a vessel that’s not suffering from
mold or mildew, and hasn’t degraded (much) from the weather when we’re
away. We have set Avant up to wait for us on the hard and in the water,
and each has its unique requirements.  Preparing the boat takes a
few days, but the effort pays dividends on our return.

MOLD

Mold is perhaps the most pernicious hazard for a laid up boat in the
tropics. If it gets a foothold, the warm, moist interior of the boat is
the perfect environment for it to grow, and it will grow everywhere, on
any surface. To forestall its growth, we clean the interior aggressively
and then spray all surfaces with a mixture of straight vinegar mixed
with a drop of dish soap per litre/quart (the dish soap is a surfactant
and stops the vinegar from beading), wipe them with a cloth wet with the
same mixture and allow the vinegar to dry in place. The ph value of
vinegar is antithetical to mold growth, and it simply won’t start where
there is vinegar on the surface. The smell is overwhelming on
application, but fades in an hour or so, and is undetectable on our
return. We also mist curtains and cushions with the same mixture, spray
liberally in the bilge, and leave a few bowls filled with just vinegar
(no soap) in various places around the boat to evaporate while we’re
away. We use at least a couple for gallons for this process.

AVANT TARP

View under the sun shade awning as we start to ‘gift wrap’ the rig with aluminum foil.

TARPS

Tarps are used for a couple of things: to keep sun off the decks and thus
control heat, and to keep the rain off portions of the deck. We use
them, but under the tarps we do get algae on deck.

BUGS

Of course, we live in fear of a bug infestation of some sort while away.
We buy cockroach bait (apparently the kind that comes in a tube like
toothpaste is best) and roach hotels and place them around the boat. We
use the whole tube, as this is not the place for half measures. We have
found two dead roaches and no live ones aboard on our return in the 14
years we’ve been laying up. We shudder to think how many we might have
found without the poison set out.

FOOD

The temperatures in the interior of the boat will be extreme: in the Sea of
Cortez, interior temperatures of 140°f/60°c are typically reached daily
for a boat on the hard for weeks at a time, and 120°f/49°c for a boat
in the water. We have had cans of food explode from the heat, and an
unopened bottle of ketchup left aboard cooked in the heat to turn the
rich dark brown colour of bbq sauce. For unopened food we want to try to
keep, we get small plastic bin liner bags and after emptying and dosing
the interior of the lockers with their vinegar wipe-down, we double bag
the food in small batches and stow back in the lockers. If a can
explodes it will do so inside the bag and the mess will be contained to
the ½ dozen or so items sharing the bag with it.

PLASTIC

Items made of plastic do not fare well. The heat and UV bake them. For items
below decks, we wet out a cloth with ArmorAll, Aerospace 303 or a
similar plastic treatment (easily found at auto stores) and wet wipe
them down. For items on deck that can’t be removed and brought below, we
treat them with protectant, wrap them in a layer of paper towel, wrap
aluminum foil over that (two layers of cheap tin foil seems to work
better than a single layer of thicker expensive stuff) and then secure
the tin foil with liberal amounts of duct tape (being very careful the
duct tape only adheres to the tin foil and not to anything under it). On
our return we find the duct tape has usually been reduced to a skeleton
of the reinforcement fabric and is easily removed.

We also wrap winches, blocks and all other deck hardware in a similar
fashion. UV will destroy the ball bearings in ball bearing blocks.

ZIPPERS AND SNAPS

Zippers and snaps like to corrode shut while the boat is laid up. We rub them
with cheap dollar store chapstick or lip balm (cheap lip balm is usually
a mix of waxes and petroleum oils like Vaseline) to increase the
chances they will work when we return.

ELASTIC

Elastic will no longer be after a season of baking in the heat. Shock cords
should not be used to secure anything as they will perish. Elastic in
clothing and swimming suits may not be elastic on your return.

LIGHTNING

Grounding. Most vessels are poorly grounded, and their grounding is ineffective
when hauled (yes, you can be struck by lightning when on the hard). You
can ground your boat quickly and simply with a set of jumper cables (or
add these to increase the grounding)

If in the water, we buy a set of cheap but fairly thick jumper cables.
Separate into two wires. Remove one clamp from each wire, strip back a
couple or six inches of insulation and ‘fray’ the end (or keep the clamp
and clamp it to a 1’x1’ metal plate) to make a better ground connection
with the water. We attach remaining clamp to a top shroud or other bit
of metal that connects to near the masthead and throw the frayed/plated
end in the water. One cable on the port side, one cable on the starboard
side.

If on the hard, separate cables and attach one to the top shrouds and Jack
stands on the port side, the other to the same points on starboard.

In either case, the cables will be trash at the end of the season, as they
are not designed for continuous outdoor use. Brushing clamps with wax,
Vaseline or any other topical protectant helps them rust less and look
better longer. Even if you *think* your boat might be/is well grounded,
these jumper cable tricks will ensure/increase the protection.

We gather up all portable and easily de-mounted electronics (hand held VHF
and GPS units, epirbs, led flashlights, portable radios, etc.) and wrap
them in paper towel, then in tin foil, then in plastic food wrap
(secured with masking tape), and then place them in the oven as a kind
of double faraday cage. We disconnect all antennas and easily unplugged
items like chartplotters, AIS, VHF, etc. and leave them disconnected and
just hanging to disrupt possible paths for lightning.

BATTERIES

Small batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, silver cells like A76, CR2025 and CR2032,
etc.) are removed from whatever they are powering, gathered,
inventoried and given away. They won’t be any good when we come back,
and we need to know how many and of what type we will need to bring when
we return.

The ships batteries (house and starting) we leave connected to our solar
array for charging while we’re away, to make sure power is available to
our bilge pumps. We disconnect (switch off at the panel) the shore side
charger as superfluous.

BILGE PUMPS 

We inspect and test our bilge pumps. Avant will take on a bit of water
through the mast, and other leaks may appear over the season. We want a
bone-dry bilge to keep interior humidity down. We know of several
cruisers who have had a battery die due to bilge pump pumping, and
another couple who lost their boat to flooding while on the hard (their
cockpit drains blocked and water flooded in the companionway in a
tropical storm). If your boat has a garboard plug, you can leave it out
if you’re on the hard, and if it doesn’t and the concept works for your
hull form you can consider adding one.

THROUGH HULLS

We  close all through hulls and tank vents and stuff stainless steel
scrubbies or rolled up green scrubbies in them if we’re on the hard. The
scrubbies prevent bugs from nesting in the holes. Some cruisers use
bromine tablets (for hot tubs) in their raw water strainers to
discourage growth there.

HEAD AND HOLDING TANK

We empty the holding tank and pump in 1 – 1½ gallons or so of vinegar and a
liberal amount of Pinõl or Lysol type cleanser. Better to have that
bake in the heat than what was in there before, and a completely dry
tank will form concrete-like deposits.

SAILS AND CANVAS

Sails and canvas are removed, inspected, repaired, cleaned, and neatly folded to be stowed below.

ENGINE

Our engine enjoys an oil change, fluid top up and wipe-down with an oily
rag before we go, and we leave the compartment door ajar so air can
circulate there too.  Many cruisers do a freshwater flush of the
exhaust as well, but we don’t bother.  Outboards are freshwater
flushed, given their annual service, and run dry of fuel before stowing below.

FUEL TANKS

Diesel tanks are filled to the top and treated with biocide (BioBore or
similar). Gas tanks are emptied, the gasoline given away, and the
plastic tanks are treated with ArmorAll or similar. We don’t bother
trying to ‘stabilize’ gasoline for storage, the quantity doesn’t justify
it. Jerry cans are emptied and treated with ArmorAll or similar. The
empty jerry cans and gas tanks are stored below.

PROPANE

We simply shut off the propane at the tanks.

WATER TANKS

Water tanks are emptied. When we return, we treat them as if contaminated as
recommended in this article. The water pump (and all other breakers save
the bilge pumps) is shut off.

MOORING LINES AND FENDERS

If we’re in the water, we double all mooring lines and add chafe guard (we
use fire hose) at all chafe points. We buy cheap children’s T-shirts
and slip them over our fenders as extra chafe guard/ UV protection,
securing them at the top end with small line or zip ties.

Even if you have a hired ‘boat watcher’ they’re unlikely to be 100%
available to come to your aid in a storm. They may be looking after
multiple boats, or the roof may be blowing off of their house (or their
mother’s house) in the same storm that threatens your boat. You need to
be secured for a storm.

Dinghy

We have a RIB inflatable dinghy, and some years we have been able to
secure covered storage for it at the marina or yard we’re at, which is
best. Other years we secured it to the deck upside down, inflated to
about ¾ normal pressure, spaced off the deck with dollar store pool
noodles and covered with a tarp. Protection from the sun while ensuring
its wrapping can’t hold water against the fabric are the keys to
success. If you can deflate yours and stow it below, that’s even better.

BOTTOM CLEANING

If you store in the water, you will need to arrange for regular bottom
cleaning. The interval will be determined by local conditions. Make sure
the cleaner is reliable, has references, and sends pictures or other
proof the job is being done: we know cruisers who found their cleaners
simply cashed the payments and didn’t do any cleaning until just before
their return.

CONTACT INFO

Post a card in the window with local contact information for your
boat-watcher (if you have one) and your contact info back home: name,
email, phone numbers.

When we return, we find Avant fresh and dirty, needing a good wash after we
enjoy a Christmas-like morning: like an unwrapping party of all her
tinfoiled appurtenances. After some reassembly, we’re ready to cruise
another season.

SY AVANT 🇨🇦  Rob & Debra – Beneteau 43.5′


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Entering and Exiting Atolls in the South Pacific

Entering and Exiting Atolls in the South Pacific

1) enter during daylight hours
2) go in a slack tide or near slack tide – use interpolation to calculate slack tide – interploation and other tools are NOT perfect – be prepared to enter with ripples coming through
3) many times the atoll will still “empty out like a teacup” even though you are near slack tide as trade winds continuously fill the atoll due to elevated trade winds / big swell braking over the S / SE portion of the atolls
4) the most dangerous part are standing waves if you see those do NOT enter and wait
5) when entering with and out-flowing atoll your steering is enhanced as there is more water flowing over your rudders so in many case going in is easier than going out.
6) use satellite charts in addition to sonar charts to validate where shoaling and coral heads are as you enter the atoll.
7) if you can avoid entering during a squall, during low visibility and do no enter at night
8) The bigger the Atoll and the fewer the openings ( outflows ) the more ripping the current will be and the later the entry will be from slack tide

THE LONG OF IT

Where tide is of interest is around the atolls, explicitly when you are attempting to enter or leave one. Each pass is a flowing gateway.  . The thing that matters is the passes here are undeniably more impacted by wind and wave impacts.

In the wake of visiting our third atoll and paying attention to the day to day dramatizations of others  , we are  examinging out when that subtle leeway will happen includes as much art as seamanship.

 

A few different rules for individual passes, again corresponding to a decent time from an essential port. Different tidal forecast distributions have a similar issue. They need to give you direction yet are restricted by the way that any direction they really do give is probably going to be erroneous.

There are not many essential ports here and the distance between where you are attempting to sort out your tides and where the essential is can rush to many miles. The two nearest to us  Rangiroa (160miles away) and
Tahanea (around 100 miles), neither precisely close. Not an issue, I hear you say.

 

The enormous issue with the Tuamotos is that there are extra factors that can essentially modify the hour of slack water  Despite the fact that tides are little, seldom north of one meter even at springs, the base outward momentum speed at passes in times of clear, actually weather conditions runs somewhere in the range of 4 and 6kts, subject to the atoll. With gigantic measures of water hustling all through the frequently restricted passes with reef tight either side, races, bubbles, standing waves and overfalls are normal external the brief time of slack, importance travel during slack remaining parts ideal. Nonetheless, the key proclamation that you should comprehend is that the active momentum speed is affected by climate and can, anytime of the tide, be essentially higher a speed than the approaching flowing stream.

Wind over tide is a significant thought   In the Tuamotus, Atolls for the most part run SE to NW in locations. Most atolls are comprised of motus (the more modest islands making up the atoll’s edge) on the E side, where millennia of the ordinary trades   have kept sand and ruin within the reef to shape them. The safeguarded W side is undeniably more infertile and most frequently comprises basically of reef with a couple of little segregated motus as it were. The S and N finishes of atolls will regularly have a motus because of the wave wash over impact of the ocean.

 

A few atolls (Makemo for example) have not many extremely lengthy motus on its E side which gives brilliant security to the tidal pond. Be that as it may, the more prominent the quantity of motus making up the E side of an atoll (Raroia has parts),

When the water is in the tidal pond, it necessities to get away and most atolls have yet a couple of fundamental passes where the water can escape from. Restricted measures of water will stream back out through the holes between the motus or back over the reef.

 

The course a pass faces is an element. One that faces E, into the Exchanges, will constantly have a breeze over tide impact during an active stream, keeping down and dialing the outward stream back

A decent wide, profound channel permits more water to drop of the tidal pond.

Also he size of the atoll thus the size of the catch region for water streaming in to the tidal pond. The most grounded of flowing races is at Hao, an exceptionally huge atoll. More than 30 miles in length it has a solitary pass confronting N. With such a lot of water coming into the tidal pond tossed over the reef, the race can work out positively past 10kts on an outward stream.

Thus, how much water in the tidal pond attempting to escape through the pass anytime of tide is the amount of what the weather conditions has unloaded across the reef and the typical tide. The more water there is in the tidal pond, the more prominent the momentum strength and speed of the active stream. This then, at that point, impacts a contrast among determined and genuine pants times. Furthermore, assuming that the tidal pond is exceptionally high after a time of terrible climate, you might find that the outward stream refutes the approaching tide, meaning no leeway period by any stretch of the imagination.

 

The Well known Guestimator gives the accompanying augmentations to current outward stream speeds:

1. Add 1 kt for each day the breeze has been blowing north of 20 kts from a S or W part

2. Add 0.5 kt for each day the breeze has been blowing more than 15 kts from a S or W part

3. Add 0.5 kt for each 1/2 meter augmentation of southerly swell over 1.5 meters (ie 3 meter grow = +1.5 kt)

4. Cap the Breeze Wave factor at 1.5 times the Typical Max Current

5. Take away 0.5 kt for wide/profound passes and for every additional pass that an atoll has


AP Nautical Chart 25700

The Mona Passage

The Mona Passage  | Canal de la Mona

Important Lights: Isla de Mona: Fl W

Canal de la Mona (Mona Passage), 61 miles wide between the west end of Puerto Rico and the east end of Hispaniola, is one of the principal entrances to the Caribbean Sea. Three small islands are located in the passage: Isla de Mona and Isla Monito about midway in the south part and Isla Desecheo about 12 miles west of the extremity of Puerto Rico in the north part.  On the west side of Canal de la Mona, a bank extends from Cabo Engaño, the east extremity of Hispaniola, for 23 miles, with a least depth of 26 fathoms. Depths of 5 to 20 fathoms have been reported on the bank about 7 miles south-southeast of Cabo Engaño. Strong tide rips and heavy swells, caused by the meeting of contrary currents, are visible for many miles and mark the position of this bank. On the east side of the passage, an extensive bank makes off from the west coast of Puerto Rico extending p to 15 miles offshore. The west coast of Puerto Rico is described later in this chapter.

Mona Passage Bathymetry

Currents  Tidal currents set generally south and north through Canal de la Mona. Varying

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BOATING LICENSE IN MEXICO

BOATING LICENSE IN MEXICO

You are required to have a boating license while you are navigating your boat in Mexican waters. Every boat owner, operator, and captain at the helm of a vessel must have a  boating license that states you are qualified to operate the vessel. If you have a foreign flagged vessel in Mexican waters then you must have the proper operating license issued by the state or country where you registered your vessel. EVEN IF A BOATING LICENSE IS NOT REQUIRED IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY.

 

The Mexican authorities will likely ask for a copy of a boating license if you are involved in an accident aboard your boat.

 

The states below list licensing, education, or both, as well as age information and links

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welcome ships of all sizes and pedigrees

#93

impromptu panama posse parties
Impromptu Panama Posse parties

#92
Organic docks and sustainable surroundings

Organic docks and sustainable surroundings

#91

Stunningly beautiful volcanic coastlines
Stunningly beautiful volcanic coastlines

#90


Witness Mobula rays jumping & shattering

#89

Accurate and vetted anchorage information
Get accurate and vetted⚓info

#88

Watch water trun to glass
Watch water turn to glass

#87

#87 Anchor ⚓ between both ends of the rainbow
Anchor ⚓ between both ends of the rainbow

#86

#86 Swim like a sloth
Swim like a sloth

#85

#88 Dinghy to a secluded beach - bring dog and umbrella
Dinghy to a secluded beach – bring dog and umbrella

#84

SUNRISE
start your mornings with delightful sunrises

#83

Squirrl Monkey
snuggle up with primates

#82

Pull into welcoming marinas
Pull into welcoming marinas

#81

Don't kiss a red frog 
Don’t kiss a red frog

#80

Learn how to fly
Learn how to fly

#79

Not all fashion happens in Paris
Not all fashion happens in Paris

#78

Practice your dolphin talk
Practice your dolphin talk

#77

discover the epicenter of serenity
Discover extreme serenity

#76

Claim a remarkable & uncrowded pier
Claim a remarkable & uncrowded pier

#75

Learn to surf in Nicaragua
Learn to surf in Nicaragua

#74

Play survivor from your dinghy
Play survivor from your dinghy

#73

Clean up the environment ith your anchor
Clean up the environment with your anchor

#72

Sail into the Archipiélago de San Blas
Sail into the Archipiélago de San Blas

#71

 Compare the amenities at 75+ marinas
Compare the amenities at 75+ marinas

#70

Hear the Howler Monkey's roar from your anchorage
Hear Howler Monkeys roar from your anchorage

#69

Light a cigar ... in CUBA
Light a cigar … in CUBA

#68

Feel the love at VB10 in Annapolis
Feel the love at booth VB10  in Annapolis

#67

 woodfired steaks in Barra
Taste wood fired steaks in Barra

#66
Taste tequila IN Tequila

Taste Tequila IN Tequila

#65

Belize BLue Hole
Learn how to “dive right in”

#64

Become a banana expert
Become a banana expert

#63

Ponder life in paradise
ponder life with palms trees

#62

get into tight spots well informed
get into tight spots well informed

#61

Trick or treat in 80 degrees
Trick or treat in 80 degrees

#60

FIND THE YELLOW FROG FISH
MAKE FRIENDS WITH  A YELLOW FROG FISH

#59

FIND YOUR INNER CHILDHOOD
FIND YOUR INNER CHILDHOOD

#58
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ IN ACAPULCO

PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ IN ACAPULCO

#57

Discover the 7 types of mole
Discover the 7 types of mole

#56

Get up close with swimming dragons
Get up close with swimming dragons

#55

Add "Panama Canal linehandler" to your bucket list
Add “Panama Canal linehandler” to your bucket list

#54
Portobelo

Anchor where historic naval battles were fought

#53

Discover Monkey Island
Discover Monkey Island

#52

Explore arched caves where times stands still

Explore arched caves where times stands still

#51
Participate in new rituals

Participate in new rituals

#49
Get flipped off by a whale

“Get flipped off by a whale

#48
Celebrate your achievements with fellow seafarers

Celebrate your achievements with fellow seafarers

#47

Jump back in time - like 1,500 years

Jump back in time – like 1,500 years

#46

find your dog ... relaxed
find your dog … chillin’ in the sand, in the bar, by the beach

#45

Anchor up river ... in the jungle
Anchor up river … in the jungle

#44

#44 professional haulouts in the tropics with big savings
professional haulouts in the tropics with big savings

#43

#43 celebrate life with the day of the dead
celebrate life with the day of the dead

#42
#42 discover sprawling underground cave systems

#42 discover sprawling underground cave systems

#41

Celebrate your holidays in the tropics
Celebrate your holidays in the tropics

#40

Provision like a pro
Provision like a pro !

#39

learn to really read the water
Learn to really read the water

#38

RIde horses on the beach
Ride horses on the beach

#37

Anchor in Carrizal
Anchor in Carrizal

#36

Slide down a volcano at full sped
Slide down a volcano at full sped

#35

Learn to differ between really good 7 year old rum and really really good 12 year old rum
taste good 7 year old rum & really really good 12 year old rum

#34

7 moles for 7 seas
7 moles for 7 seas

#33

provision up
provision up

#32

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