Boat Handling

Man Overboard Drill

By on Apr 3, 2015 in Boat Handling, Emergencies, Preparation | 0 comments

Man Overboard Drill – Getting the MOB aboard Getting an MOB aboard a boat can be very challenging. The MOB is likely to be exhausted, shocked, cold or injured and will have little strength to help themselves aboard. • Once alongside, tether MOB to the boat using a line looped around their arms with a bowline • Ensure boat is stopped and engine in neutral• An uninjured, conscious MOB may be able to be helped aboard by another crew member in calm conditions via a stern ladder or bathing platform • Consider launching the boat’s tender as a first step to full recovery • Deploy a sling and lifting tackle prepared for the purpose. Attach the tackle to the boom or main halyard and lift casualty aboard by pulling on the pulley or via a winch block hoisting the halyard • Prepare thermal protective aids and first aid Man Overboard Drill Tips  • It may help to remove the guardrail to bring the MOB aboard • There are many types of kit available designed for retrieval and recovery of an MOB including throwing strops, inflatable horseshoes, rescue slings and parbuckles • A 5:1 pulley and rope slung over the boom will improve the ability to recover a MOB if specialist kit is not aboard • Practise recovery and using the tackle before it is needed for real (Info taken from the Safe Skipper App for iPhone, iPad &...

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First Aid Afloat – fish spine injury

By on Feb 5, 2015 in Boat Handling, Emergencies | 0 comments

First Aid Afloat – Here is what to do if somebody stands on a fish spine: • Check for dangers. Is it safe for you to enter the water? • Check for levels of response and for normal breathing • Inform emergency services if necessary • If needed treat serious bleeding • If easily done remove embedded fish spines Immerse wound in as hot water as possible without scalding. Leave in the water for up to 90 minutes for pain relief and to help remove small spines • Apply a cold compress to wound if hot water is not relieving the pain • Clean wound with antiseptics wipes from the first aid kit • Seek medical assistance if necessary (taken from Paul Hopkins new app for iPhone & Tablets, First Aid...

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Hourly Checks when sailing or motoring

By on Jan 11, 2015 in Boat Handling, Practical | 0 comments

  Hourly Checks Get into the habit of carrying out these checks and both yourself, your crew and your boat will be safer: Fill in log book Filling in the log book can seem an unnecessary chore but having a record of courses and positions is valuable if you have an electrical or electronic failure. You can also see weather trends.   Engine compartment A regular check in the engine compartment can detect any leaks or problems before they get serious.   Weather forecast Update the weather forecast at regular intervals if you can.   Course and position Check both the course you are steering and the course being followed on the plotter and adjust if necessary.   Double checking Try to check your position by visual means or with the echo sounder if you are within sight of land to confirm that the GPS is working satisfactorily.   Fuel If you are running under power check the fuel being used and the fuel remaining to ensure that you are not consuming more than expected.   Crew OK? Check that the crew are all OK and in good shape. Look for any signs of seasickness.   From the new app for iPhone & Android: Dag Pike’s Boating Checklists About the author: Dag Pike began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around the world, including navigating Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Challenger on the record-breaking fastest Atlantic crossing by...

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Boat Handling – anchoring

By on Nov 24, 2014 in Boat Handling, Practical, Preparation | 0 comments

Anchoring your yacht or motorboat Anchoring is one of the most important boat handling skills. If you can set an anchor correctly with confidence and know your boat will be safe in a secure anchorage, then you can rest in comfort and will not need to rely on moorings and marinas when cruising. You can also leave your boat at anchor and go ashore safe in the knowledge that the anchor will not drag. If you do not know how to anchor correctly then you risk endangering your boat and also others who might be anchored nearby. And if your anchor is unsuitable for the type of seabed beneath your keel then there is a high chance of the anchor dragging. For some boat owners, the fear of the anchor dragging means they stay awake all night, as a result getting little or no sleep and most likely stressing out their crew into the bargain! Getting anchoring right is not always straightforward. It can be confusing with the many types of anchor available and there will always be conflicting opinions on which anchors would be best suited for your boat and your chosen cruising ground. Anchors and chain weigh considerable amounts, so loading up with excessive amounts of chain and anchors can affect a vessel’s performance and only really be necessary if planning a long distance voyage along a variety of potentially exposed stretches of coastline. Types of anchor Choosing the type and size of anchors and cable to carry aboard will depend on the type and size of your vessel and the sea area it is being used in. Most importantly, choose anchors that are big enough for your vessel and those which are recommended by the manufacturers. Cruising yachts normally carry at least two types of anchor, plus suitable lengths of chain and rope cables. Types of anchor include: Bruce – good power to weight, easy to handle, holds well in mud, sand and rock CQR or plough – good power to weight, stows well on bow roller, though awkward on deck. Holds well in mud and sand. Very popular and reliable Delta – good power to weight, also plough shaped. Stows well on bow roller Danforth...

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Essential boat engine checklist

By on Sep 11, 2014 in Boat Handling, Navigation, Preparation | 0 comments

Boat engine checklist Engine oil level check Even if you have checked it previously, confirming the engine oil level is up to scratch will give you peace of mind on a passage. Cooling water check It is the same with the cooling water in the engine. Check the water level before you start up the engine. Spare oil on board Carrying some spare oil for the engine is a wise precaution just in case a leak develops. Fuel filter check If your primary fuel filter has a glass bowl then a quick check to confirm that there is no water or dirt in the bowl will give you peace of mind on the passage. Sea water intake filter check Most water intakes have a clear top so you can check that there is no debris or seaweed inside that might block the filter. Seacocks open You will often close the seacocks when in harbor so make sure that they have been opened before you start the main engine and check that all other necessary seacocks are also open. Loose equipment stowed and secured The last thing you want in the engine room and steering compartment is any loose equipment or tools wandering around when the boat starts moving in a seaway, so check that everything is secure. Battery and electrical switches The battery switches should all be open before going to sea and check that switches with multiple choices are set to the right position. Check the belt drive for the water pumps and the alternator A quick feel of the amount of slack in the drive belts will confirm that they will work correctly, thus reducing the chance of slipping or breakage when out at sea. Stern gland This may be of the type that needs greasing at regular intervals so make sure the greaser is full and screw it down a turn or two.   From the new app for iPhone & Android: Dag Pike’s Boating Checklists About the author: Dag Pike began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around the world, including navigating Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic...

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Dag Pike’s Boat Survey

By on Jul 25, 2014 in Boat Handling, Practical, Preparation | 0 comments

We’re really pleased to be working with Dag Pike on some great new apps for iPhone & Android. Here’a a bit more about the first app: Dag Pike’s Boat Inspection App Dag began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test RNLI lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around the world, including navigating Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Challenger on the record-breaking fastest Atlantic crossing by powerboat. He is now a navigation and powerboat journalist in demand all round the world. In this new app he shares with you his expert knowledge gained over 25 years as a qualified Marine Surveyor – Essential tips and information to help you navigate safely through the process of buying a boat or checking out your own. It’s an absolute must – have this app with you when checking out any boat with a view to purchase, and help avoid very costly mistakes. Calling in a professional surveyor is expensive but you can do a lot of the same inspection work yourself. These check lists will guide you through the process, what to look out for and what the signs mean. This app will be with you when you need it – on your ‘phone or tablet. For the boat owner, the check lists are a useful starting point for checking out your boat in detail at the end of the season, so you can be comfortable that the boat is in good shape or identify any work that needs to be done. The 10 Minute Boat Survey The 10 Minute Boat Survey check list can be a useful guide when looking over boats when there isn’t time or the facilities for making detailed checks. If you want to make a closer examination of a boat that interests you, then after working through the detailed lists in this app you will have a good idea whether it is worth going ahead with the purchase or whether to walk away, before calling in the professional. These check lists will go a long way to help identify if potential problems are serious or cosmetic. You will certainly know a boat’s condition better at the end...

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