What is considered good housekeeping when it comes to laying up my rig at the end of the season?
Rigging screws should be unwound and the studs and body cleaned and inspected.
Furling units should be inspected for wear and condition. Line guards, split drums and line feeders should be removed to avoid them being damaged in storage.
The mast tube should be carefully inspected for any cosmetic damage including dents, compression, corrosion and general wear around fittings. All mast fittings should be checked for condition.
Sheaves and sheave pins should be inspected for wear and condition. Damaged sheaves should be replaced.
Masthead electronics and navigation lights should be checked for wear or damage and mast cables should be checked for condition. Antennas and wind units should be removed and stored on board and all sockets, plugs and exposed cable ends should be sealed with tape.
The mast tube should be cleaned and moving parts lubricated as required.
Wooden or lacquered carbon spars should be stored undercover where possible, or at least covered to protect them from the effects of ultra violet light. Cosmetic damaged to coatings should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the substrates.
The standing rigging should be removed from the mast and all terminals thoroughly cleaned and checked. If in doubt NDT (non-destructive testing) should be carried out on terminals and fittings. This can either be by electronic testing, dye penetrant testing or by ultra sound. Rigging should be coiled and stored separately and not tied to the mast, which may lead to corrosion issues.
Rod rigging should be thoroughly cleaned and visually inspected. If in doubt, or if the service life of the rigging demands it, rod heads and fittings should be tested using NDT (non-destructive testing).
Spreaders and spreader end fittings should also be removed for inspection, cleaned and stored with the rigging.