Yachts - Hauling And Drying Out
( Originally Published 1911 )
HAULING out between races for the purpose of repairing, drying, and polishing is of great importance in the racing boat. The boat must be clean, light, and in repair in order to be able to get the most out of her.
In hauling out the owner should not al-ways trust to the person doing the work, unless he is sure that he knows his business. When the boat is clear of the water and in position, timbers should be placed under the long ends for support, in order to keep them from drooping ; also supports or shores should be placed at the bilges. It is a good thing to run lines from the masthead well out to either side in case of emergency, the shores sometimes being accidentally knocked away, and as the modern boat is only resting on the cradle for a few feet amidships she is in a very ticklish position, and should be handled carefully or the consequences may be very serious.
See for yourself that she rests properly on her fin if she has one, and that she is comfortable in the cradle, with enough props to make things secure. Do not allow the shores or supports to be driven in under the long over-hangs, as that is as bad, and sometimes worse than none at all. Shores so driven in are apt to spring and soften the ends, putting the yacht out of shape. Careless people often do this, and afterward wonder why the ends droop and rise when the strain of sailing is on them. Be sure the weight of the hull is properly distributed on the different supports. Have the skylights, hatches, etc., removed so as to allow a free circulation of air through-out the body, for when the yacht is on land the air in the hull is not kept cool by the outside elements as it is when in the water, and the sun playing and beating down on the boat will make the inside air steam and thoroughly saturate everything if not allowed to escape when heated.
If your boat is to be hauled out in preparation for a series of races it is an excellent scheme to cover her with a canvas tent, getting thereby the warm drying air, but not the intense heat of the sun's rays, which are sure to shrink the planking and make it leak. Remember, also, that black paint and pot lead draw the sun's rays a great deal more than white or light colors, the dark colors sometimes getting so warm that it is almost impossible to hold the hand on them.
These few points I mention may seem to a good many of no account, but they are well worth considering, I am quite sure.