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Boat Checklist After Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

14th May 2020
Ronan Beirne Ronan Beirne

With the easing of access regulations on May 18th, a recent boat purchaser asked yacht broker Ronan Beirne of Leinster Boats what should he be looking out for not having been on board his boat for some weeks.

Here is a checklist that will be “natural instinct” for the old hands, however, it might be of use to the more recent boat owner.

  1. On approaching your boat check the waterline/boot top for growth. The Boot top can be cleaned with a long-handled scrub brush however booking for a lift and clean at this busy time would be advised.
  2. Check the mooring lines for chafe at fairleads and toe rails. Adjust accordingly.
  3. On boarding, walk around the deck and look out for any stray clevis pins or shackles and investigate the source and make good. Check the rigging bottle screws.
  4. Open up the boat and check the bilge for water and any smell of gas. If bilge is dry pump anyway to remove any gas that may be in the bilge.
  5. Startup the motor and after she has started up gently put in gear and leave running in gear as diesel motors like to work with load. Leave it running while you attend to other items.
  6. Look over the running engine and check the stern gland for any leak. If there is a drip you may need to apply grease pressure where there is such a remote turn screw facility.
  7. Open the fore hatch and ventilate the boat.
  8. Turn on the VHF and listen out for any traffic to ensure it is working.
  9. Check the service dates on flares and fire extinguishers.
  10. Open the fridge and cool box and leave open of not on for ventilation.
  11. Prepare a safety plan showing where all your safety kit is stored. This you can post to a bulkhead for visitors to get familiar with the location of your safety kit on board.
  12. Go back on deck and if light wind from ahead permits unfurl your headsail and check.
  13. Similarly, hoist the main and ensure all OK. Inspect the gooseneck.
  14. Check the service date on your liferaft to ensure it is “in date”

Stray clevis pin on deckA stray clevis pin on deck

Having attended to these basic checks you can now look forward to the Summer knowing that you have checked on the basic safety and operational aspects of your vessel.

Ronan Beirne

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Dublin Bay sailor Ronan Beirne runs Leinster Boats, an Irish Yacht brokerage firm based in Dun Laoghaire. Leinster Boats is part of Network Yacht Brokers with 20 offices in the UK & Mediterranean. Over 700 boat available.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Irish Sailing & Boating

Since restrictions began in March 2020, the Government is preparing for a 'controlled and gradual return to sport' and the 2020 sailing fixtures are being tentatively redrafted by yacht clubs, rowing clubs angling and diving clubs across Ireland as the country enters a new phase in dealing with the Coronavirus. The hope is that a COVID-19 restrictions might be eased by May 5th as Sport Ireland has asked national governing bodies for information on the challenges they face. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) everyone has been asked to stay at home. But some people may need to do more than this.

You may need to either:

You do these things to stop other people from getting coronavirus.

Read advice for people in at-risk groups

Read advice about cocooning.

Restricted movements

Everybody in Ireland has been asked to stay at home. You should only go out for a few reasons, such as shopping for food.

But you need to restrict your movements further if you: 

  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, but you feel well
  • are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus
  • have returned to Ireland from another country

You need to restrict your movements for at least 14 days.

But if the person you live with has had a test and it is negative, you don't need to wait 14 days. You should still follow the advice for everyone - stay at home as much as possible.

Close contact

This is only a guide but close contact can mean:

  • spending more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact within 2 metres of an infected person
  • living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person

How to restrict your movements 

Follow the advice for everybody - stay at home.

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