How to prepare the boat before sailing

Before sailing you should prepare a detailed check list before leaving port. You must take into account:

The weather forecast

  • The Coast Guard warnings
  • The Dipstick to measure fuel and oil levels.
  • The Pressure of the tube chambers
  • The Engines, rudder and electrical components.
  • The navigation maps and equipment. Additional equipment.
  • The Radio check call.

Security equipment

You must follow the Local Marine Authority regulations:

Before sailing please check you have on board all the security equipment required: paddles, repair kit, life-jacket, mooring ropes, air pump, hand held pressure gauge, anchor with rope, fire extinguisher, first aid kit…

Navigating advice

According to its design category, this boat is able to navigate in deep sea. Consequently, the weather conditions can influence the boat so it is important to check:

before starting, verify that nobody is in the water close to the propeller, which can be a danger for swimmers and scuba divers.

() try to remain seated at all times with a safety point nearby.

() crew should wear protective clothing and lifejackets at all times. It is important to protect your head to avoid body heat loss.

() All the passengers must wear a lifejacket according to their body mass to permit floatability at all times and during a reasonable period of time.

() you should always carry a VHF radio and a flare kit for help.

() do not forget the boat’s documents and your license.

() Always think about your passengers and crew, advising them of changes at all times.

() you should always know where you are according to the danger reference points as appear on navigation maps.-

() your hands must always be in contact with the steering wheel or the rudder system to respond quickly to unforeseen events.

() do not force the boat to an extreme point where the crew or the passengers could feel uncomfortable physically or physiologically.

() always pay attention, especially to stern. Take into account any floating and or semi submerged objects that have been thrown into the sea. Any Impact with one of these objects may cause damage to the hull.

() On a vessel of this type it is safer to make use of its power and manoeuvrability rather than reducing speed when faced with something unexpected.

() With adverse weather conditions, navigation can be with sea astern only and always when the navigation speed is sufficient to keep in front of the waves. Going over the crest of the waves at a speed which best suits the sea conditions, trying to avoid water overflowing the bow as this will decrease speed.

() With the wind at the bow, the speed may be used to avoid breaking crests. In case a manoeuvre is necessary, to avoid a crest, maintain a good speed but without accelerating as this would submerge the stern and raise the bow with the risk of capsizing.

() Side to breaking wave navigation should be avoided. Maintain sea to bow until the vessel may be turned safely once the wave has passed. The turn should be done as quickly as possible.

() With rough sea and at night it is not always easy to judge the size of the crest or the trough of the waves, especially with sea and wind to the bow.

() With heavy seas to the stern, special care should be taken to avoid taking on water or possible overturning.

() Due to excess speed, the vessel may loose contact with the water going over the crest of a wave possibly allowing water to enter the vessel also resulting in a strong impact causing serious damage.

() Adjust the speed to that of others navigating in the same area.

() Bear in mind when manoeuvring in port that accelerating is easier than reducing speed.

() Docking a twin engine vessel, the engines should be used alternatively, making sure that the approach angle to the docking point is adequate.

() Near the coast and in shallow waters the water moves forward with great force unlike the waves at high sea that move while the sea remains static.

Environmental considerations

It is important to keep the engine very clean and in working order to avoid excessive fumes and noise.

While piloting the boat near the coast the speed must be moderate and in accordance to environmental navigation conditions. Avoid making waves and the navigation areas where motor boats are not allowed.

Avoid bailing out water which is contaminated with fuel.

Do not spill oil, fuel, or cleaning products.