Beautiful bays were just made for a quick stop or an overnight anchoring spot for you and your crew to enjoy. This type of boating is what makes boating so beautiful and attractive hobby for all of us who are lucky enough to own a boat. The best thing that can happen to you is to enyoj a day out in some beautiful quiet little bay with a beer in your hand while you are lieing on your boat’s deck. There just can’t be any bigger pleasure!
How to choose a good anchoring spot
There are some basic rules that we have to stick to if we want to enyoj a safe and troubleless afternoon or even a night in one of the bays. The first problem that appears is the bay itself. In order to select the right bay to throw anchor in we first have to study weather conditions. There musn’t be not even a tiny bit of bad weather in the forecast. The next important thing is to know what is the sea floor like in the bay. Don’t ever try to anchor in a bay which is filled with rocks. It goes the same for algees and sea weed. You can find this piece of information in your nautical chart of the area. If you located the appropriate anchoring spot you can now start with you anchoring procedure. You should always try to select the anchor spot which is in line with the wind direction, so that you will be landing in the wind.
You are now ready to anchor you boat. If you don’t know how to anchor a boat or you are not sure read the Sailing Lession: How to Anchor A Boat Guide.
About Anchor Windlasses
Anchor windlasses are one of the most useful boat equipment ever made. In most small boats you are manually hauling in an anchor. This way you almost always need another member of crew to help you while you steer your boat. Also rope burn and back strain are potential concerns. This changes if you own a windlass. Either manual or motor driven, windlasses make anchor retrieval simple and worry free. When you are buying a boat windlass the first thing to keep in mind is the boat size. However, there is a windlass for every anchor and rode type.
The pulling power you require from a windlass is easily computed: manufacturers advise the capacity to be three times the unloaded weight of your anchor and chain. Figure four times the unloaded weight if you favor anchoring in rocky waterways or often encounter adverse conditions.
Manual windlasses are build much like automatic ones, just that they use supplemented muscle power with mechanical advantage, a transmission. Mainly there are two types – lever-type (back and forth motion) or vertical axis (a circular winch-grinding motion). Lever-type windlasses are generally single speed, and vertical models, like sheet winches, have two speeds: a fast, low-power gear for light loads, and a slower speed with higher power and torque for when the going gets tougher. Read more…
While I was surfing trough the web I found this great blog about general boating tips and information. If found this article that contains a list of blogs that cover safety tips for boating fans. I think it is worth reading becose safety must always be number one thing when you are on your boat. Staying safe on the water is very important. In the past few years a lot of accidents had happen so if you want to avoid them you should go trough all the articles listed in this post. New boaters can learn safe habits by taking a boating safety course or practicing with an experienced boater. The most importnat thing is to alwys keep good care of your boat and engine so that it won’t fail on you when you need it the most.
Staying safe means to know how to handle different situations with your boat. This includes collison prevention, reacting to heavy wind and waves, sailing in fog, sailing in storm, react wise if water leaks into your boat or if your engine controls fail. It is also good to know how to repair you motor or rebuild a broken hull at sea.
Find out more by reading 48 Blogs that Offer Tips on Boating Safety. You won’t regret it!
We all know that the weather conditions are not always ideal as they are shown in catalogues of turist agencies and charter companies. I think it is appropriate to write some words about traveling in bad weather and rough conditions.
The sea can be a very tough enviroment and it is right that we know what to do when we find ourselves in tough weather conditions and sail with our boat and crew safely to our final destination. This time I will be writing about sailing in fog. You probably won’t see it if you sail only in summer months but it might happen as well. I think it is a right thing to know something about sailing in fog.
Facts about fog
We know that fog is actually nothing more than a cloud, which is located on the ground or water. It consists of tiny water droplets that are so dense that visibility is reduced, sometimes to only a few meters. Fog occurs when the air contains enough moisture and air temperature drops bellow dew point temperature. Because of the that moisture is present in the air, condensation begins which resulting in fog. For the us who are sailing it may not be irrelevant that we at least have some knowledge about principle of fog formation. Knowing the basics we will be able to predict the formation of the fog and avoid putting our self, our crew and boat in danger. Therefore, we will first learn about types of fog. These are basically four. The first and most common is radiation fog. This type of fog is formed in basins and everyone knows it after the foggy mornings, which sometimes make it difficult to travel on roads. This type occurs usually when we have clear nights. Usually, when there is a strong anticyclone present in the area. In these days the heat of the night air and soil is losing by radiation into space. (This thermal radiation is prevented by clouds when bad weather occurs.) As there usually there is no wind along with the warmer weather which would mix cold and warm air layer the air at the ground cools overnight and so the temperature drops below the temperature of dew and fog occurs. The sun reheats the air during the day and fog disappears. This type of fog usually does not represent a threat to us, except when we are at sea. Advection fog occurs when moist and warm air passes over cold areas and thus cools. Usually it is occurring at sea in spring and early summer when the sea is still cold. Warm air comes from the land over the cold sea, where it is cooled below dew point temperature. The result is fog of course. Advection fog is most dangerous for sailors. The third example is the frontal fog, which is formed at the junction of hot and cold weather fronts. Its characteristic is that it looks more like a cloud, and that it is formed in a very thin layer between the contact both fronts. Quickly comes and quickly moves away. For general education, I will mention a fourth type of fog, which is called the Arctic sea smoke. The very name tells us where it occurs. Since not many of you who are reading this will not sail in the Arctic sea, I will not describe this phenomenon . Read more…
Have you ever been in a situation that you entered the vessel and flooring was flooded? If not, you’re lucky. I tell you, is not pleasant. First tought to go through your mind is that you must be sinkingif . This is partly true, but only if you stand around and do nothing. Most of the causes of water intrusion into the vessel is completely banal. Therefore it is necessary not to panic and fix the problem as quickly as possible.
What to do
First of all you should start by pumping water out from the hull. If you have an electric blige pump, switch it on. Even better, if you have the engine through a belt-driven pump. These are very strong, but you should check if there are no obstacles for starting the engine, of course, to the extent not already switched. The worst thing is when you do not have any electrical alternatives and you must do all your pumping manualy. But even this will be better than nothing. Define a member of the crew that will be pumping the water out of the vessel. You will have to examine all the possible points of water invasion but if the vessel is large you will also need a assistant. Skipper must, for safety reasons, turn towards the nearest port or peaceful bay, where if necessary he would beable to strand the vessel and thus save the vessel from sinking.
Searching for the point of water leakage
Your next step is to find the cause of water leakage. As I mentioned, it is usually very trivial, and quickly solved. I suggest that you first go trough all of the toilet facilities. It often happens that the toilets without vacuum valve installed tend to return water through the outlet pipe and the water then flows through the vessel shell. Send your assistant to check the engine compartment. Read more…
Belive it or not but this faliure is not very rare as you might think. It happend to me once, but I witnessed a lot of faliures on other boats. So what is it all about? Read the whole sailing lession to find out.
The control levers are connected via two strips with your boat’s engine. Each of the strips is running in a special, very strong bouden and both end with a strong attachment mechanism made out of stainless material. The faliure is likely to occur when one of the final elements is to be broken due to oxidation. This faliure occures very rarely becouse of strand break. Every engine needs two cables because on operates a shift in the ship’s gear clutch and the other regulates the amount of fuel flowing inside the engine and with this the engine speed.
Controls don’t seem to work any more
If a faliure occures there is allways at least one of the commands that failed. Usualy it’s only one. Gas lever or control lever for controling the direction of rotation of the propeller. If we lose our Gas controls the situation is not so critical, because we still have the abbility of traveling back and forth, but we are very slow at it, but still fast enough in order to land our boat safely. The major problem arises if the control of transmission fails. Especially since most of the gears are set that when you want your boat to move backwards you move your lever backward and so you push the gear lever inside the engine backward. But when you want to move forward you push your lever forward and so the gear lever inside the engine moves forward and that is where the most faliures happen. Especially because when skippers try to precisely land their boats to the pier they shift gears a lot. Read more…