Winter Lift Out

by Keith
(Cardiff, Wales)

Is there a generally accepted minimum amount of time that a 1960's classic wooden yacht should be lifted out of the water to dry out?

She's berthed in Cardiff Bay, Wales and could be sailed most of the winter.

Wondering if it's better to sail her or lift her out for a period.

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Lift Out?
by: Mike

Much better to sail her than lift her out, (unless you are expecting icebergs in Cardiff Bay this winter ;-)

If there is a specific reason to lift her out, such as below the waterline repairs or a scrub, then just try to get her back in as soon as you can.

It is just that the longer she is out the more the planks will dry and the longer she will need to take up again when she goes back in.

There is a fair amount of fresh water flowing into the Bay in winter, so it would be a good idea to sprinkle some salt in the bilges, I even know of folk who sprinkle salt on the decks if they think it is going to rain (in South Wales that could be a lot of salt).

I’m not sure how much good it does but salt is cheap enough, so why not.

Using her regularly will be better for her than leaving her wrapped up on the hard.

Keep her well ventilated, open her up regularly and if you do find any mildew spray it with vinegar.

Above all use her and enjoy her.

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