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Old 01-25-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Inquiry --** Do you keep a ships log?* Do you keep a maintenance log?******** Do you keep them separate, or integrated?********* KJ**************
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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RE: Logs

I keep both and keep them separate. I also keep an informal narrative of all our adventures which include visitors on board, food, etc.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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RE: Logs

I have three separate logs. One is navigational and event log. In that one I make entries of events along the route, who is on* board, where we are,etc. In that log I enter engine and generator run times for the day. I am an old sailor*and got in the habit of making hourly position and heading *entries when offshore..mostly because it broke the monotony. That has carried over and I find myself making frequent position entries even on the rivers..

Secondly I have an engine log that records maintenance, oil and filter changes,*repairs, parts replacement, filters etc with both engines and both generators, racors, etc.

Third log is a maintenance lo gthat entails anything else on the boat. If I see something that needs tending to, if I cant tend to it immediately I note it in the maintenance log and when its completed I check if off. `
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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RE: Logs

I keep a maintenance log, and a separate ships log which I keep in a Diary. One per year, in it I enter a narrative of each day's events on the trip,weather, fuel purchases, miles traveled per day, major expenses and any other general information I find using a Diary with the day and date printed on each page helps me keep everything in order. I keep the diary in the bag I bing up to the Flyingbridge here I usually drive from.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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We bought a purpose-designed trip log and a maintenance/repair log when we bought the boat. I also made up an engine log based on the engine/flight hour log form we use for the airplanes.

We put entries in the maintenance/repair log when we remember to, which is most of the time. But after the first few entries we didn't bother with the trip log anymore. Our engine log form has a big space for comments and we found we were entering our trip information--- what we saw or did or what was interesting--- in that space at the same time we wrote down the engine hours and time-to-oil change and so on rather than get the separate trip log out. So we tossed the trip log and just use the engine log for everything other than maintenance and repair information.

In the 13 years we have owned the boat we have never once gone back and read any of our trip entries even though my wife in particular is very good about writing down the basic events of each trip. We are almost at the end of our first printing of the engine logs, so when it's time to print more I'm going to modify the form and greatly reduce the size of the comment box and we'll not bother with writing down trip information anymore since we never read it after we've written it anyway.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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RE: Logs

Have a single log/journal.* Record each trip identifying date(s),*crew, destination(s), as well as engine hours and fuel consumption.* Make maintenance, fuel purchase, etcetera*notes at the for-that-purpose*bottom of the day's log entry.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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Bear in mind that I'm still in the honeymoon phase of my relationship with Gray Hawk.* That being said, I keep an engine log where I record*hours, tank levels &*lube levels.* When we travel all day I make periodic interim entries during the trip which include RPM and speed.* I also keep a Weems & Plath trip log where I record more narrative detail about the trip, guests onboard, sea state, etc.* For maintenance I have a multi-tab spreadsheet where I record all maintenance activities.* One of the tabs on that spreadsheet is a work in progress record of part numbers and important serial numbers.* Another tab is a spares inventory.* Given that I do something similar for our converted bus which is now in its 9th year of ownership I expect that I will continue to maintain the 3 systems.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:13 PM   #8
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I don't keep a log on anything. Car, boat, trips, etc. Nothing. I do, however, have a receipt on everything that was ever done on the boat and they are in a file in my office.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:39 AM   #9
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RE: Logs

I keep a ships log in which I record all voyages, start and stop times positions, fuel on board , used etc.
Positions are recorded hourly at night but more infrequently during the day.
I also keep a sepearte maintenance log on my vessel computer, spread sheet with separate pages for , main engine, gen set ,haul outs , general
So far I am on my 4 th volume of ships log.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:55 AM   #10
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I don't keep a log on anything. Car, boat, trips, etc. Nothing. I do, however, have a receipt on everything that was ever done on the boat and they are in a file in my office.
*I'm like Walt.* My wife sure keeps a log of all work done and paid for...and reminds me of it often.* When we sell, we'll be able to show all the important expenditure, and what and when it was done.* I guess living aboard and doing that himself is what gives rise to (Tidahapa) Benn's signature comment.

Sometimes I regret not keeping a cruising log, but then again, like Marin says, I doubt we would look at it.* Maybe years later when the boat is only a memory one might...?* I think the reason I have a sort of aversion to recording all that is that in my workaday job as a Family Dr, I have to record everything meticulously in the computer electronic record, so when it comes to my recreation I just don't want to have to do it there as well.

I guess I differ from Whistledoc in that as well.* I certainly would not build a boat either.* Different strokes eh?
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Sometimes I regret not keeping a cruising log, but then again, like Marin says, I doubt we would look at it.* Maybe years later when the boat is only a memory one might...?
Our attitude is that we're interested in what we're doing and we're interested in what we're going to do, but what we've done is done and we don't think about it much.* We don't spend any time talking about the past, but we do remind each other of something neat that we did if something jogs our minds into thinking about it.* But those things are strongly imbedded in our memories so we don't need to go back to a notebook or diary to remember them.* The stuff we don't remember obviously didn't make that big of an impression on us.


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Old 01-26-2012, 02:55 AM   #12
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In my work I have to record every little detail that happens on board with every little piece of machinery and all that is done re repairs aetc.
I suppose it is that professionalism that carries over to my boat life and I want the next owner to know what happened where , when and why and how often all was maintained.
Yes never let the Big Boss know how much the play stuff costs, especially the fishing gear, that is why all fly rods look the same to the untrained eye.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:17 AM   #13
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RE: Logs

We keep two logs; One for maintenance (upgrades, replacements, repairs, fluid changes, etc.) and a general one for everything else, including trips, guests, events, weather, engine hours between fueling/gph and other general observations. I keep the maintenance one and my wife keeps the other one. We actually do go back and read the general one once in a blue moon.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:36 AM   #14
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I find a past trip's "narrative" log a useful reference for trip planning, like: where did we stay or anchor, how deep was it, contacts, problem areas along the way etc.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:43 AM   #15
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We keep a vessel log where we record the date, time, engine/generator hours, log, flow-scan and activities/comments, all on one line.* We fill this in everyday we move.* We have*covered some of the same ground that we did 10 years ago and it is interesting to go back and see where we stopped and anchored.

We also*keep a separate maintenance log for the engine, one for the*generator and a fuel log for the boat.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:00 AM   #16
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I made up my own in Word and had it spiral bound at FedEx Office. I keep everything in that one book. I never could find one pre-made that had what I wanted in it.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:42 AM   #17
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I come from a profession where the liability advisers say "If it's not written down, it didn't happen." I don't go that far in keeping my general log, but some habits die hard, so our activities are recorded. I also find it handy to have one central reference to keep contact information of fellow boaters (names, emails, boat cards, etc.), marinas, restaurants, et al.

I find my separate maintenance log invaluable as a reference. I keep all mechanical/electrical system info in the log including serial #s, specs, repair records, replacement part #s, hose sizes, shelf and cabinet sizes, window/hatch sizes, electrical/plumbing schematics, manufacturer contact info, mechanic's contact info, etc. Any time I head to the marine supply store, hardware store, boat shows or wherever there might be good deals, I have it with me so I know what size I need, how many of what gidgets I might need or when I might need to think of replacement/backups. It is a bit of a hassle keeping it current, but it's worth it.

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Old 01-26-2012, 08:19 AM   #18
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I keep a log. Sort of. Engine hours, fuel, mainenance, additions, trips, etc.

Nothing about who was on board or anything specific like that.

The PO kept a log and I expected at least the maintenance part would come with the boat. It did not. I asked him for it later but got no response. It would have been a help to know what was done to the boat before I got it.
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I made up my own in Word and had it spiral bound at FedEx Office. I keep everything in that one book. I never could find one pre-made that had what I wanted in it.

I find Microsoft Excel is good for making forms and such because you can make a grid*and print the blank form, then hand write entries.*
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:58 AM   #20
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We have a hand written maintenance log in a binder (which we intend to redo using an excel document on the computer..). *We also have a separate removable section where we can record any trip data or general notes that we like to keep.

The previous owner kept a trip diary in which he wrote personal notes as well as maintenance notes. *Unfortunately, because the data was combined, the diary was not included when we purchased the boat. *He did give us his collections of bills, and warrenties etc, but a real maintenance log would have been a plus.
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