Apply name and hailing port
Compound and wax deck, cockpit and topsides
There is also a list of equipment and supplies I'll have to get before the haulout. I want to try and get as much prepped on the water as we can. Sitting on a boat, on land is not the most fun to be had so I'll try to minimize that as much as I can.
Before we get pulled out of the water, I'd like to get the lifelines, dodger, and pull/pushpits removed to make the deck work easier. I have Butyl tape ready to re-seal the hardware after we're done. I'll also need to get a list of supplies; Painter's tape, paper suit and mask, acetone, rollers and brushes, gloves, rubbing compound, towels, 3M cleaner and wax. This is of course just the initial list. It will no doubt double as soon as I get started on the work.
I started making some calls around the area to find a good rate for some time on the hard. Just as with most things, you want to call around to find the best rate. When you do, make sure you're comparing apples to apples. Some yards don't include a powerwash with a haulout, some do. Some will charge you for haulout and putting the boat back in the water separately, some will combine both movements into one fee. You want to make sure the yard will allow you to do everything you need before you find yourself blocked. If you are a liveaboard you should make sure they allow residents, and what amenities will be provided in the rate. Some yards are do it yourself and some are only contractor maintenance yards. If you are going to be working on your boat ensure they will allow you to do everything on your todo list. A little research on your yard will benefit you greatly in getting your boat back in the water in Bristol fashion. If possible, visit the yards on your short list before your haulout. Is it secure? How is the hardstand? Is it smooth concrete or 6 inches of mud? Is there easy access to stores or public transportation if you don't have a vehicle? Word of mouth or other crowd reviewed sites like ActiveCaptain can help a great deal in determining which yard warrants your money.
There are a lot of options when bringing your boat out of the water, make sure you know what you're getting into.