All at Sea the UKs leading waterfront newspaper presents its top 100 boating and sailing tips to keep you and your boat safe whilst you are out sailing or boating both inland and out on the ocean. check fishing rope
1. First of all, don’t try do everything yourself. Brief your crew, explain if necessary, demonstrate and then delegate. Monitor thereafter.
2. Keep a warp handy in the cockpit if you do not have a throwing line.
3. Always move forward on a sailing boat on the windward side. If you do loose your footing, you have further to fall and more things to grab.
4. To get rid of out of date flares, take them to a chandler and ask him to take them in, then buy the replacements from him.
5. Think boom, particularly on a reach. If you have the slightest doubt of the skill of your helm, rig a boom preventer. Make sure it can be released from the cockpit.
6. Check your lifejacket before putting it on every time. On a long passage, three or four times I had to tighten the gas cylinder because it was loose.
7. On a delivery of 3,200 miles, I went up the mast ten times. Mind you we did have a halyard part during the first 200 miles, so I was a trifle cautious!
8. Remove your jackstays if leaving the boat for some time. Sun will weaken them and they may fail.
9. Think ‘what if?’ as you brief your crew Think in particular of fire, gas explosion, man overboard, collision, and injury.
10. Think about recovering a man who has fallen overboard. A simple 6:1 tackle with a couple of strops and carabinas is easy to make up.
11. If you have black dust around your alternator belt check for alignment and tension.
12. If your boat is connected to shore power never leave it for extended periods even if you have a galvanic isolator fitted.
13. If you have fitted a gas heater to your boat recently be aware that you may possibly have invalidated your insurance policy.
14. Do you service your engine prior to lay-up or during your winter maintenance? The impeller on a boat I skippered failed two days after she had gone back into the water.
15. If you have the slightest doubt about your position or course, slow down, stop engines, heave to or anchor if you are really unsure of your position. Re-check your navigation plan and cross check with radar, compass fixing and soundings.
16. When piloting your boat into harbour at night many have a mass of lights, neon, traffic, street, discos, fish and chipperies all lit up so that buoys and leading lights can be quite impossible to see against it all. Look at the large scale chart of your destination port to find an approach direction that is better than others.
17. Do you know that if a severe gale warning is given, the mean wind speed is expected to reach force 9 (41knots)? Do you know what imminent, soon, and later mean; what the definition of the various of states of visibility are, and do you understand what slowly, steadily and rapidly mean in relation to pressure system movements? I have a simple handout with all the useful expressions.
18. When using an electronic chart plotter do not use the waypoints at the harbour entrances. Anticipate the direction from which you will be approaching and chose a waypoint which will help you to “eyeball” your way in.