With so much going on I just couldn't find the time to haul my boat till this weekend.  So out she came on  Thursday.  She became mine only 12 months ago so other than the survey this is my first haul-out.   Initial inspection showed minimal sanding needed on the hull, some barnacles on the props and shafts.   I took this opportunity to remove an abandoned pump that was used for a bait-well.    Here she is coming out of the water.

Checklist completed so far includes.

Bottom painted, Hull Cut Polished below Rub Rail 

Prior to this weekend I made the decision to swap back to the 19x17 that the previous owner took off to "try something different".  So many people say their boat is under-propped.  I took my mechanic out and we used an electronic timing gun and verified WOT was no problem and then some.  and figuring I have them and the prop shop said they were in very good shape for used props.  So back on they are and I'm crossing my fingers they will give me the 200rpm reduction I am looking for.  Last week while planning this change I documented my speed and RPM from 600 - 4400... even with the barnacles and growth on the bottom I was able get to 4400 rpm.

Shafts and props painted with Pettit Antifouling paint and Shaft Zincs Installed

Scraped old paint and barnacles off Struts and Rudders then painted

I've check all through hulls and replaced the transom zinc too. 

Noteworthy other items completed prior to haul-out, alternators checked (one rebuilt) belts checked one replaced, 2 new engine batteries installed and new shut-off installed, new fuel lines and shut offs from tank to carbs, carbs pulled and rebuilt, teak trim stripped cleaned and oiled, oils and coolant topped checked and topped (changed last August) . I have one more day so if anyone has suggestions or input it is welcomed. 

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The only other thing you might want to consider (unless you know when the previous owner did it) would be to repack the shafts and rudder logs. Just got piece of mind.

Other than that, as Captain Ron said, "anything that's gonna go wrong is gonna happen out there!"

Thanks Matt,  I have not pulled them off.  They appear to be weeping nicely... I have some packing in my spare parts box. Other posts suggest rudders need this a lot less often. True?  I will see if I can find an experienced captain available to assist with this job this evening. 

I would order new packing if you dont know the age of what has been sitting unused in the boat. Used packing can dry out a bit just sitting in a hot boat or bilge. The best I have found is the Gore-tex packing. it will literally allow you to go almost drip free. It can be an easy job "IF" you can access the packing glands without too much of a problem. The rudder posts can use the same Gore-Tex packing but it might be a different size. Don't forget a few different sized dental picks or other hooked metal picks to snag and pull out the used packing
Russell Moore said:

Thanks Matt,  I have not pulled them off.  They appear to be weeping nicely... I have some packing in my spare parts box. Other posts suggest rudders need this a lot less often. True?  I will see if I can find an experienced captain available to assist with this job this evening. 

True.  And neither may actually need it.  I only suggested it as a "while I'm at it" kind of thing if you don't know.  Better to do while you're looking for things to do on the hard than drop it back in and have things start leaking because that's when they decided to fail.

Russell Moore said:

Thanks Matt,  I have not pulled them off.  They appear to be weeping nicely... I have some packing in my spare parts box. Other posts suggest rudders need this a lot less often. True?  I will see if I can find an experienced captain available to assist with this job this evening. 

I this does'nt need to be addressed on the hard but raw water pumps and impellers are always a safe bet

I think for peace of mind I would put a cotter pin in the shafts just behind the jam nut. Most shafts have a hole for this and I think I can see the hole in your shafts. As far as repacking goes, if your boat has been a sweet water boat, the rudders probably don't need repacking. Compared to the wear on a shaft, the rudder packing wear is minimal. It usually is hardly rotating during normal operation. I have been boating (& twisting wrenches) for over 50 years and have never had to repack a rudder box. 

Looks Great!  The boat will probably be real nimble with those four blades back on.  It will be interesting to see the difference.  Enjoy the rest of the season!

Thanks for all the input.  Dick, I was wondering if anyone would notice those were missing in that photo.  I actually took those photos late Saturday afternoon, decided I didn't like the condition of the old cotter pins so decided to buy new ones.  I woke up at midnight that night knowing the nuts were hand tight and there were no cotter pins ... in fear of someone stealing my props for scrap metal I drove to the marina and pulled them off at one in the morning.  4 cars loads of people drove past me as  they left the yacht club and nobody questioned me as I crawled around under the boat.  If the next boats next to me weren't Bayleaners I would  have kept going... but I have no need for Mercruiser Props...   Anyway... installed them again with new cotter pins on Sunday afternoon.  

I will look again at my rudder boxes but did check them prior to haul out along with the shaft boxes and made the choice to leave them.  

Matt,  I know  these were done in 2013 as the motors were pulled and I know they were inspected (opened up last June as the shafts were pulled out to replace the cutlass bearings on both shafts prior to purchase.   So I believe I have peace of mind there.  

Kevin, thanks for the brand referral on the packing. I will seek this out over the next 12 months and be ready for next years haul out.  

Splash is at 8am tomorrow.  Will  report back on the new props and carbs.  Really looking forward to a different experience, I have been disappointed with my cruising speed so far.  I am really anxious at this point because another haul out  will run  $400  then $250 back in!... those are in Canadian Pesos so don't get all excited.  

My last haul out for our 38 was 167 American dollars.  I guess I got a bargain 

$167? When was your last haul out, Chris? 1969? It would cost me that much to get the yard manager to even start the engine on the lift!? I guess it's another example of location, location, location...

Last month in Florida,  but we are regular customers 

John what props/gear/motor combination  are you running now.  mine are 350 gm 260 hp 2:1 Gears with 19x17 props.  Will report numbers this weekend. 

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