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    Posted: 10 June 2017 at 04:46
I am trying to put a maintenance schedule together. Anyone have anything in particular they check or service weekly/monthly/annually?
Could be good if post here and build a good list?
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Not exactly maintenance, but I have twice been caught out by issues with the sliding car and block for the self tacking jib which I'd recommend owners to check.

After my first sail in season 2 I noticed that the pin that allows the block to pivot was sliding out of its recess.  Another couple of mm and it would have fallen out which could have caused damage to the jib or at least difficulty in furling had I been sailing.  It appears that the car should have had two retaining bolts entering at 45 degrees either side of the pin however on my boat these were either never fitted!  I think it unlikely that both would have worked loose together and also feel that I would have spotted a spare bolt lying on the deck.

This season I did find a small Torx screw on the foredeck.  Actually I heard it rattle as it fell out of something while I was in the forward berth.  I inspected the mast thinking it might have come from there but couldn't find anywhere missing a screw.  I told my crew that I didn't think it could be critical as it was such a small screw!  So, next day I was sailing solo (fist time in this boat) and as I hardened up onto the wind, the jib sheet suddenly became slack.  I have a double purchase on the jib sheet so the sheet runs through a block on the clew and then back to the becket on the block on the self tacker track.  The screw was from the becket which had come apart.  Luckily the knot held in the other block at the clew so I was able to furl the jib.

I am now using Loctite on fittings such as these.  I imagine that the vibration and slamming during a tack might work these screws and bolts loose.  
H385 #351 Ningaloo now cruising the Baltic
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