Some time ago I decided grouped into a «reminder» all those things that we normally do because the head before boarding. Needless to say, when we go to rent a charter boat becomes more important still, as they usually do not know the boat and we had to check-in quickly and go sailing. Our family and friends have placed their trust in us and we are the highest authority on board, the skipper. Should not neglect any aspect, and for that reason will not be more «pull chop» lest we forget nothing and is a routine process and even fun we can share with the entire crew.

1 – Buoyancy and Sealing

– Note that the boat is perfectly upright and not irregular.

– The distribution of the stow should consider this aspect. Will regulate buoyancy check.

– Check that the hatches, portholes and deck scuttles and helmet are watertight. We can perform a test with a high pressure water hose.

– Check the tightness of plugs liquid inlet cover (toilet, diesel, etc.). Do not overdo the pressure.

– Seacocks. Check opening saltwater engine intake. Check seal sink drain, bathroom and kitchen.

– Locate bilge pumps and verify proper operation.

– Uncover bilge and make sure it is dry. Operate bilge pump and check for proper operation.

– Check that the tub is «self-emptying». Scuppers should be free of debris and obstructions, and must release fluidly water entering the tub.

sailing with heel

2 – Steering and propulsion

– Regarding the engine:

Oil Level
Coolant Level
Investor level change
Explosive gases
Filter water separator
Dry or horn axis
Alternator belt tension
When uproot motor, check that water flows from the cooling duct.
Check that there is oil and coolant on board if he had to go for refilling. If possible there will be: a replacement belt and 1 impeller.
Autonomy: Knowing rrpp ideal regime, cruise speed, fuel tank capacity, consumption, and water tank to plan voyages.
See that there is the owner’s manual and cutting for any incident that may occur.
Electrical: Batteries and Start, switches and fuse box. Terminals. Check load and density.
Security elements: fire extinguishers, life jackets, VHF with DSC, pyrotechnics, EPIRB, life raft, lifebuoys with light and lanyard, etc..

– Regarding the standing rigging and work:

Observe halyards and sheets. Having no laps, you go right off the bat, that are suitable ore, which are in good condition, and they are clear.
Consider adjusting the stick and voltage
Check togles bolts, needles, bottles tensioners, rooting against forestay, inkwell boom, backstay bolts, etc.. they are likely to get out, open, etc. Genoa furler. Check rotation clew.

3 – Operation

regala-escora– Check tour rudder and it rotates properly.

– Prepare the docking and undocking maneuvers. Instructions to the crew and sharing tasks. These should be taught early, should be clear and should consider the level of preparedness of each crewmember.

– When we get to port, will check propeller rotation (dextrógera, lebógera), to predict the effect of reversing propeller.

– Caution when ropes in the water.

– Stop torn

– Effect of tiller in the evolutions (ridding the stern).

– Approaching the dock side or tip.

– Evolutions and ciaboga.

– Anchoring maneuvers (choose the best holding ground, filar chain, bad weather, etc..). Check that there is anchor of respect.

– Strapped to a buoy.

– Use the boat hook and fenders.

– Make sure there are enough on the boat moorings and good ore. Convenient: 4 mooring lines or hawsers.
In browsing the participation of all is assured.

In browsing the participation of all is assured.

4 – Navigation and electronic aids

J80– Check and familiar with operation and management gps, plotter, radar, anemometer, tridata, VHF, Navtex, SSB, etc..

– Check that there are letters, and book headlights paths of the areas where we will sail.

– If possible take a portable GPS and compass in respect of delays.

– Prepare the voyage:

chart table in preparing our voyage

Get the weather in the area that we will sail. We in the «Sailor Villas» facilitate all this information to navigating easier Lanzarote.
Perform box provided fuel consumption, food and water depending on the days scheduled and crew on board.
Trace always a plan B in case they had contingency (other port of call, distance to, anchorage areas best tenederos, prevailing winds, relationship between our course and direction of the wind and sea currents, other traffic ships as well as any other information that might be of interest).
Always Notify port and maritime rescue when we go from informing our intentions, the expected time of arrival and the number of crew on board took.

5 – Operations to Sail

Ideal setting: Halyards, against boom, mainsheet car, Genoa mainsheet, backstay tension.

Choosing the best board. Moment of turn

Keel and rudder.

True wind and apparent wind

Genoa quartering

Navigation in bad weather: lifejacket harnesses and lifelines, anchors layer, the shooting hawsers astern, sailing under bare poles, sailing with children, etc..

Night sailing: Identification of the coast guards planning, identification of other boats, and radar kinematic calculation.

In our «Sailor Villas» Ocean Boat we like to share with our friends and customers and sailors that process since his arrival at the Villa will prepare a road map of the area where they find the system of winds, tides, and the best anchorages and landfalls. Our «Nautical Advisor» becomes his adviser even before his arrival, helping to design their voyages on the basis of a navigation program that suits your level of experience, tastes, and days that will pass between us in Playa Blanca – Lanzarote.

Charter a sailboat in Lanzarote, Playa Blanca. The best place with the best weather for sailing is waiting for you. Lanzarote island, sailors paradise.

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