1. Organize, clean, and tidy up! It's very easy to forget just how rocky and rolly a life at sea can be when you are tied up nice and cozy in a harbor! Time to get back into the 'swing' of things and into the habit of securing EVERYTHING. If it can fall, spill, tip over, or move it probably will at some point. Put all phones, magazines, fruit baskets, lotions, loose gear and other knick-knacks in their properly stowed places. In addition - Scott and I do a thorough cleaning. We want our boat to look good when she makes her debut, so we remove all rust, polish all brass, clean the woodwork (inside and out), vacuum the entire boat and get her all prettied up.
2. Check all lines and halyards for chafe.** The last thing you want to see when you raise your jib is it falling back to the deck because it was chafing on something for the past "x" months without you knowing. Scott went up the mast to fix and replace our broken spinnaker block, and while he was up there he checked for any signs of disrepair. In addition, I checked all our halyards and sheets from on deck, and everything looks ship-shape!