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Sailing 101: Make A List and Check it Twice

Ahoy Sailors, your galley should be secure and efficient by now which means we are moving on to a new lesson; here is a checklist that will make for a successful and safe sailing trip. Take this issue of the Log with you on your next adventure to use as a checklist and you’ll have everything you need! Stay tuned for next week when we discuss the big no-no’s on a sailboat.

A checklist is an efficient way to record and track required items, things to be done, points to consider, or remember items and tasks. When setting sail, it is important to account for everything from groceries to weather, to roles of the guests onboard in case of emergency. Here is a checklist for these categories.
Pre-Sailing Checklist:
  • Check and report the weather forecast.
  • If you have one (which you should), turn on Garmin InReach & Iridium Go, global satellite communications devices that act as pocket-sized cellular towers.

U.S. Coast Guard Requirements for Boats
Safe boating starts before you leave the dock. Be sure your boat is equipped with the gear you need to ensure the safety of everyone on board.

So, you have a new boat (or a boat new to you) and you’re wondering what gear you need aboard—both for emergencies and to be legal. U.S. Coast Guard equipment requirements vary by the size of your vessel, how many people you have aboard and where you boat. The safety gear required by the U.S. Coast Guard is a minimum—there are additional items you may want to include to supplement the required equipment.
Here are the boat size breakdowns:
  • less than 16 feet
  • 16–26 feet
  • 26–39.4 feet
  • 40–65 feet
  • 65 feet and larger.

The rules are specific to each segment and you can find a handy chart at the U.S. Power squadron site here.
All recreational vessels must carry one USCG-approved lifejacket (Type I, II, III or V) for each person aboard and that includes specifically fitted personal floatation devices (PFDs) for children.

Tips for Choosing the Best Dock Lines for Your Boat
Every boater needs dock lines, and choosing the best ones for your boat is vital.
Some boaters like to go to waterfront restaurants for a dock and dine, others rent a transient slip for a weekend getaway aboard, and still others choose in-water boat storage in a slip. In all of these very different cases, boaters share a common need for dock lines. Since dock lines are the only thing keeping your boat from drifting away and out to sea, we think it’s fair to say that choosing the best dock lines for your boat is a rather important decision.

Types of Dock Lines
In most cases nylon is the best material for docklines. It stretches and gives under a load, which is important when a boat starts rocking or abnormal tides eliminate slack from the lines. It’s very UV resistant, and it’s strong for its diameter. Dacron is strong but it doesn’t stretch, and polypropylene is subject to UV and chafe damage. So, sticking with nylon dock lines is an easy decision.

You’ll generally see nylon docklines in one of two forms: three-strand, and braided. Three-strand is less expensive, but it can get stiff over time and may become difficult to get onto and off of cleats. Braided nylon dock lines cost a bit more but they’re supple and smooth, so they’re generally easier to handle. Plus, they’re available in a wide variety of colors.

Check out our New Boat inventory!
...and we have dozens more on order coming later in the year! Give us a call for more information.
Arrives September 2022
2022 Catalina 425
The Catalina 425 is an all-new design that assumes the position in the Catalina line held by the legendary Catalina 42. Contact us about special introductory pricing!

Arriving Now!
2022 Catalina 315
The new 315 continues moving the Catalina brand to a higher level of performance, finish and engineering achievement.

Arrives August 2022
2022 Bavaria C50
A touch of superyacht, even below deck. Everything feels enormous. For example, sit on the big lounge sofa at the saloon table, surrounded by lots of natural light streaming in through the stylish light‐strip.
Arrives July 2022
2022 Bavaria SR41
The BAVARIA SR41 kicks off a new line of motorboats from BAVARIA YACHTS. A comfortable cockpit, a large sunbed which can be transformed in no time into a lounge area with a table right on the waterfront and a large bathing platform.

Arrives August 2022
2022 Bali 4.6 Catamaran
The BALI 4.6 is recognizable at first glance thanks to the new design.

Arrives July 2022
2022 Bavaria C45
When they designed the BAVARIA C45, they wanted to create a yacht which people would feel completely at home on.
Arrives September 2022
2022 Bavaria C42
A modern, innovative hull shape with chines and a V-shaped bow developed by BAVARIA YACHTS guarantee both the best sailing performance and an unusually large amount of space below deck.
Arrives August 2022
2022 Bavaria Vida 33
The BAVARIA VIDA 33 is available in two versions, an open version and a version with a hard top. Together with the sporty hull design with recessed hull windows, the result is the BAVARIA VIDA 33’s dynamically elegant silhouette.

Looking for something else? View all of our other inventory and our large selection of pre-owned boats at www.cruisingyachts.net!

Need to sell? The Boating Market is HOT!
In today's HOT market, Sailboats and Yachts are selling fast. Please contact us today to get your yachts free evaluation and get it on the market.

Homeward Bound: Part 1, Turkey to Singapore
Last month, we were introduced to Peter and Ginger Niemannaward-winning Seattle-based circumnavigators whose journey home through the pandemic-closed world found them boat-bound for more than 300 days. They were in Turkey when Covid lockdowns began. This is the first of a three-part series sharing the story of their epic voyage home to the PNW.

The sun had just set. Our ketch Irene was sailing gently in a beautiful scene, with the sky lit by a soft pink glow. We were surrounded by towering clouds. The entire crew of Irene, both of us, were in the cockpit enjoying a quiet time together. 

The main had a reef tied, despite light wind, because the day had been filled with drama — we had been hit by thunderstorm after thunderstorm — and we had learned to simply leave it reefed all the time. It was quick work to drop the mizzen and roll up the jib, but tying a reef took time. And those thunderstorms struck quickly! One minute we would be sailing gently and upright in light breeze and sunshine, the next minute Irene would be rail down in pelting rain and surrounded by lightning strikes. The thunder was deafening as we scrambled on the slanted deck to reduce sail. But all that drama was in the past, as we enjoyed our now-tranquil scene.

Suddenly, our relaxed mood was shattered. BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP…. The chartplotter screen read, “NO AUTOPILOT.” No rest for the wicked, as they say.

Bizarre Facts: Ink-redible Octopus Garden Discovery
A recent study has found that octopuses living in the deep sea off the coast of California are breeding faster than expected by strategically laying eggs in the warmer water of geothermal springs, which helps speed up hatching. 
Ocean temperatures are rising and the acidity in the water is increasing, many species, including many corals, cannot thrive in these conditions and researchers have decided that some will inevitably not survive. Octopuses are one of the species exempt to these changes. As temperatures rise and overfishing decreases competition, the number of octopuses is increasing.
The animals lay their eggs near geothermal springs, and the warmer water speeds up embryonic development.

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