Take a look at our checklist of essential fitting-out tips



You should have changed oil at lay-up. If not, do so now. Check engine and gearbox oil levels (pictured above).

Drain any water from the primary fuel filter.

Change oil and fuel filters.

Remove any rags stuffed in outlet pipes.

Re-install the engine belts and check tension: no more than half an inch of play.

Check the internal engine anode and replace if necessary.

Check that the engine mounts are secure.

Check the coupling bolts are nipped up tight and that there’s no sign of the shaft moving inside the coupling.

Use a mirror to inspect the underside of the shaft log and have it re-bedded if there are any signs of leaking.


Check oil levels.

Check the integrity of the gaiter seal. Seven years is a decent innings, inspect it carefully and regularly thereafter.

Check the bonding wires running from the anode and the earthing wires from the starter motor and the seacocks. Clean the terminals and smear them with petroleum jelly.

Batteries and electrical systems

Check electrolyte levels if the batteries are not sealed. Make sure the battery tray is dry, tighten securing straps and make sure the gassing vent is clear. Clean terminals and coat with petroleum jelly.

Switch on the instruments and use backlighting to help reduce any condensation.

Click ‘next page’ for our tips on fitting-out below the waterline.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. On deck
  3. 3. Below deck
  4. 4. Mechanical
  5. 5. Below the waterline
  6. 6. Safety
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