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Old 08-30-2015, 08:21 PM   #41
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The first thing that comes to mind because I'm fooling with lines today is applying battery terminal heat shrink tubing to the ends of line in lieu of whipping.
Also apply a shrink wrap "indicator" where your line hits the chock or hawse hole, You could also do a whipped wrap with waxed line if you want something more shippy. This is assuming you leave your lines permanently in place at your slip..Once you mark your Ideal line set-up within the slip, it's perfect every time you tie up....
Helpful when guests are assisting (or with an Admiral that doesn't quite get the hang of where the lines should be cleated)
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:27 PM   #42
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Also apply a shrink wrap "indicator" where your line hits the chock or hawse hole, You could also do a whipped wrap with waxed line if you want something more shippy. This is assuming you leave your lines permanently in place at your slip..Once you mark your Ideal line set-up within the slip, it's perfect every time you tie up....
Helpful when guests are assisting (or with an Admiral that doesn't quite get the hang of where the lines should be cleated)

You don't use a piece of old water hose?

Hmmmm...
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:58 PM   #43
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When pickin' up a moorin' in Catalina, the Sicilian secures the eye from the buoy to the bow Sampson post and walks the sand line down to the port quarter while I put the starboard engine in reverse at idle speed. This allows us to reach the eye of the sand line and secure it to a stern cleat.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:59 PM   #44
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I hold a "pre flight briefing" before we take guests out. The info includes where life jackets are..
On the rare occasion there are youngsters along, I try to engage them in the process; actually putting on a PFD, teaching them some basic terms etc. At some point they will throw their new found knowledge at a parent; "ma-om, it's a head not a toilet." They like that.

And...nothing left out on cabin counters etc.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:03 PM   #45
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I once thought it would be a good idea to go over the man overboard procedure with a group I had on board. When I came to the part of a designated person doing nothing but watching the person in the water and pointing continuously, they all broke into singing YMCA and doing the pointing part of that routine.

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Old 08-30-2015, 09:14 PM   #46
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... All my sailboat friends do this with their manual heads, but none of the powerboaters I know do this.

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Yours truly does. That's primarily what the head's metal trash can (with plastic liner) with a lid is for on the Coot. So Al, now you can say there is one exception. Where's that photo you recently took of the Coot's head?
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:40 PM   #47
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I don't know about using an agent. We use them routinely in our business for foreign clearances. That is one of the few businesses that gets paid in excess of what they think it might cost UPFRONT. In other words, wire us $100,000 and if there is any left we'll send it to you.....after a while...maybe.
My first wife was a customs broker who dealt with shipping agents on a daily basis. Some of the stories would defy your imagination.
I hear the Mafia is looking to get into that business.
Well, I can assure you the Mafia isn't after the business of the port agents I'm talking about. They more than earn what they charge and are very affordable and reasonable. They do not require payment in advance either. They're just people who know how to quickly clear you into a country plus can provide you information and/or assistance on anything you want to do there. They just make your trip go better. They can't be compared to shipping agents. I've dealt with shipping agents and customs in many countries. Quite different. This is spending $100 or $200 for support in a location you don't know.
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:10 PM   #48
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Yours truly does. That's primarily what the head's metal trash can (with plastic liner) with a lid is for on the Coot. So Al, now you can say there is one exception. Where's that photo you recently took of the Coot's head?

We also have the trash can in the head. Manual toilet. Wife doesn't like it.
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:15 PM   #49
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We also have the trash can in the head. Manual toilet. Wife doesn't like it.
Doesn't like the disposal instructions, or the manual head, or both?

It is actually my wife who demands the disposal method and deals with the resultant trash.

I should have never introduced her to Peggie Hall and her book (Get rid of boat odors)!!
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:17 PM   #50
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Before leaving on a trip that will be rough, we just go ahead and put things like lamps, fans, and plants safely on the deck. They are going to end up there anyway, one way or the other.
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:22 PM   #51
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Running aground and forgetting to switch the fridge over from AC to DC before you leave the dock!

Both these consist of the same two groups of people.

Those who have done it, and those will will do it.
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Old 08-30-2015, 11:42 PM   #52
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I have always left our rudders neutral when docking but would like to know, backing in with strong current or wind, how you remember which way to turn the wheel?

I'm pretty sure you want the aft edge of the rudder to "point the way", right?
You turn the rudders in the direction needed to move the stern in the direction you want it to go. We have a twin and we use our rudders during every maneuver we do. This vastly improves the control we have over the boat and allows us to perform maneuvers we would not be able to perform without using the rudders.

We also use differential thrust, opposing thrust, and differential power. We use whatever tools in the toolbox are needed to put the boat where we want it.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:35 AM   #53
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1) Here is a pretty simple way to keep us reminded of where the ATONs belong. See the red and green "snack bag" clips on the windshield? When there's a lot going on we find these can be very helpful reminders.
Similar to Lady Di, I have a pair of turk's head knots. The red one is on the side the red markers will be on. It's a visual reminder. And yes I'm careful to swap them as indicated near inlets.

The most important thing though is Neutral and Reverse. If the weather is worse than I had anticipated, I'll turn around and go back. This is as BandB says, supposed to be fun. If it's not I'm doing something wrong.

I always always always secure everything. And I almost always find one more thing that I didn't secure properly...

Before I raise the anchor I've got numerous stopping spots picked out and marked on the charts. I know when I'm tired I tend to make mistakes. With bunches of safe havens already identified, when the first inkling of "hmm, it would be nice to rest" occurs, I can stop -- usually within a half hour.

It's important to drink plenty of fluids.

That's it for tonight. I'll write more tomorrow. I just bought more bandwidth -- I'd used my allotment and the 7th is a long way away!
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We anchor for weeks in the same spot. For an anchor alarm I have set up an old netbook running on 12 v with an attached usb powered amplified speaker. Location data is fed from a usb powered hockey puck gps. When the screen on the netbook turns off after one minute the power draw is negligible compared to my normal navigation equipment. The amplified speaker is loud enough to wake us if it goes off.
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"backing in with strong current or wind, how you remember which way to turn the wheel?"

Imagine your self standing behind the wheel as you go aft and steer normally.
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Always use the head before you pull the anchor or cast off the dock lines.

Always assume the weekend boaters you encounter are returning from happy hour.

Make check lists for departure and leaving the boat for home.

Use your spares and replace the spares with new.

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WHEN you run aground, the first thing to do is look around to see if anyone saw you!

Lmao. That what I always do right after I screw up and do something dumb.
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Doesn't like the disposal instructions, or the manual head, or both?

It is actually my wife who demands the disposal method and deals with the resultant trash.

I should have never introduced her to Peggie Hall and her book (Get rid of boat odors)!!
My wife introduced me to it our boat is at the same mariina we bought it at people come in our boat now and are amazed at the difference it smells great
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When using twins centralize the rudders and never touch the wheel when docking - use the gears and a little goose if needs be.
I guess you never walk your boat sideways. A smart boater uses all available tools at the correct time.
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