Smooth Sail Vermont Complete Sailboat Assistance~
 Instructions, Lessons,
 Launching, Maintenance, Repairs, Rigging, Trailers, Companion Sailor program

Maintenance, Repairs, Rigging
Seasonal help: Spring Commissioning & Fall Haul-out


I've launched (and hauled back out)hundreds of boats over the past 25+ years-
I've done every task. My experience will save you hours of toil.

  • washing
  • compounding
  • waxing
  • painting
  • varnishing (brightwork)
  • fiberglass repairs
  • hardware serviced
  • marine heads
  • trim/woodwork
  • rigging
    • running
    • standing
  • trailers
    • wheel bearings
    • lights
    • wiring

Rates for maintenance and repair services are:

$40 per hour
(1/2 hr increments)

$50 per hour for work done in a commercial marina {plus any yard fees for contractors- check your storage contract}

"I can't believe how amazingly good the brightwork looks!  Far beyond my hopes.  Thanks for doing such a  great job."- Deb S. (Woodstock, VT)


Autumn Haul-out
Mast stepping

I can help with any
(or all) aspects-
  • trailer (or cradle) check before boat is hauled and loaded
  • assistance at the boat ramp
  • hull clean /scrub
  • remove sails and pack for storage
  • drain water system
  • remove batteries
  • drain and change lower unit oil [outboards]
  • winterize motor [outboards]
  • winterize Port-a-potty
  • hang moisture absorbers
  • cover with tarps

"I wanted to thank you for all the work you've done and continue to do on my sailboat.  Every improvement you've made has made owning and using my boat so much more enjoyable. Looking forward to another great season with you.  Thank you!"

-Adam F. (Colchester,VT)

"Thanks for the work on the sailboat rigging and the very reasonable invoice."
-A.M.(Guilford, VT)

Spring Commissioning

Have your boat prepared and ready for the season!
I'll go over your boat from stem to stern, to make sure your boat is ready to launch.

Check off which items you want attended to: 

  • Uncover
  • Wash
  • Compound
  • Wax
  • Polish


  • check and replace zincs (inboards)
  • check oil levels (top off if needed)
  • check belts for wear and proper tension
  • check hoses for leaks or cracks
  • check fuel lines / tanks (outboards)
  • check lower unit oil (outboards)
  • check prop
  • check lift bracket (outboards)


  • clean battery terminals
  • top off wet cells
  • connect batteries / confirm they are charged up
  • check lights
    • navigation
    • interior
    • deck/other
Sanitation equipment / head or "port-a-potty"
  • flush antifreeze
  • check "Y" valve position (must be sealed for Lake Champlain or any other inland waters!)
  • check head functions (flush)
  • fill: flush water supply for port-a-potties
  • add septic sanitizer chemical to holding tank

Interior / cabin

  • inspect bilge
  • vacuum inside 
  • wipe down surfaces: cabinets, trim, tables, shelves, counters, ice box / refrigerator
Exterior / deck:
  • clean (Soft scrub) and rinse topsides
  • check deck for fiberglass/ gelcoat damage
  • check wood trim
  • check all hardware
  • check all lines (running rigging) for damage or wear
  • check all dock lines / fenders
  • check anchor
  • check life lines / stanchions
  • lube traveler and fairlead tracks and sliders

Mast & standing rigging

  • check mast base /boot
  • check support wires (standing rigging) for damage
  • check turnbuckles
  • check all pins and rings
  • check electrical connections at deck
  • check boom and gooseneck
  • check reefing equipment
  • check that all through-hull valves are closed
    • cooling water intake for inboards-open
  • make sure any drain plugs are installed
  • check hull for blisters, scratches or other damage
  • check keel to hull joint
  • check rudder function/ inspect steering cables
  • review bottom paint

Safety equipment

  • check fire extinguishers (service date)
  • check flares, horns, first-aid kits, documentation
  • review list of U.S.Coast Guard required equipment for boat
  • check PFDs on board

Docking or Mooring

  • check dock lines for damage or chafe
  • check mooring line for damage or chafe
  • check "pick-up" buoy
  • check for sufficient docking fenders
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