My RL24 has been on it's trailer for 5 years waiting for some water/snow form the skies to end our drought and fill our lakes here in N.M. Question: what should I do to make sure it retracts when I get her in the water this spring? ( this is a swing keel)
Found an old pirate skeleton while getting Tarantella ready to sail after 5 years of drought .....
Service the keel winch and replace the galvanised steel cable with another galvanised steel cable.
It would pay to spray some lubricant on the trailer rollers and give the trailer winch some love in preparation for the big day. I find the best lubricant for trailer rollers is Bel Ray motorcyle chain oil or similar.
Give the outboard a good hot run before venturing too far, five years is a long time for an outboard to sit, running it for 10 minutes tied to the jetty is a good check before casting off.
Also clean the mainsail track and use a lubricant on the bolt rope will make hoisting that sail a bit easier.
I assume NM is New Mexico. Five years without water to sail on, you are going to have so much fun.