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Pre-Departure Checks - Tip for September

It really is worth taking a few extra minutes to check your boat over every time you go sailing.

It’s a great way to get to know your boat and spot any problems while you’re in the safety of the marina berth.

Here’s a basic pre-departure checklist for harbour sailing

  • Do you know how your yacht works, including emergency steering and valve locations?
  • Check the current weather forecast
  • Check engine fluid levels and engine bilge for contamination
  • Check fuel level and glass bowl filter for any contamination
  • Check battery levels and voltages
  • Check bilge pump operation and bilges for fluids
  • Check fresh water levels, filter and pump operation
  • Operate seacocks
  • Check navigation lights and VHF radio
  • Stow loose items
  • Is the LPG bottle turned off?
  • Brief any new crew about using winches, moving around on deck, where safety items are and how to use the head
  • Walk around on deck and check boat hook, anchor, shackles and halyards
  • Start engine and check exhaust water and gear operation before you drop the mooring lines

August tip

Getting enough sleep

You may remember a TV coverage of Bill Turnbull a presenter who was taking part in a sleep deprivation exercise.


He was restricted to 3 hours sleep a day, this 3 hours to be spread out in intervals of no more than 30 minutes at a time.

The obvious outcome was that his abilities were degraded to the extent where the researchers estimate that he could only perform at half his normal level of effectiveness.

As a safety measure he was not even allowed to drive a car during the experiment.

This is exactly what many inexperienced skippers do when they first start to make longer passages. Because they are not confident to leave the vessel in the control of the crew they remain awake during the whole passage.

The result is that they become exhausted and incapable of making safe decisions. This situation is exacerbated if some incident or change causes the passage to take much longer than expected.

Just when clear thinking and observation are required the skipper is at their least effective.

This is the reason the skipper should always be looking for the opportunity to rest and to hand over responsibility to the crew. As part of the passage plan the skipper should have identified when it will be safe to rest, the remainder of the crew need to work around these times.

Ideal times to rest are:

  • When in open water.
  • Clear of shipping.
  • When no weather changes are expected.

Even during these times the skipper will leave a detailed list of when they expect to be called by the duty watch.

Source: http://www.sailtrain.co.uk/skippers_tips 



Tip for July 2015


When refuelling it can be very difficult to avoid getting drips or froth from the diesel on the deck.

Apart from the environmental considerations, this diesel can make the deck slippery, be difficult to remove and will stain a wooden deck.

A simple solution is to spread water or washing up liquid around the filler cap. Any spilt diesel will then float on the surface and can be easily scrubbed off.

Spread the water on the deck before removing the fuel filler cap!


Just a reminder that at Yachtport SA you can also stop for some diesel and to refuel your crew as well. Moore at our fueling jetty and come and have a nice meal before you sail away into the sunset again.




c_130_130_16777215_00___images_logo_6.pngI am sure we all know what SAMSA stands for and how they can assist us in all the safety aspects. A little extract from their site: 

The South African Maritime SafetyAuthority (SAMSA) was established on the 1st April 1998 under the SAMSA Act 5 of 1998. SAMSA’s mandate is;

  • To ensure safety of life and property at sea;
  • To prevent and combat pollution from ships in the marine environment; and
  • To promote the Republic’s maritime interests.

SAMSA has also been charged with the responsibility of executing the following:

  • Administration of the Merchant shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulation, 2007, as amended (the Regulations). The Regulations extends SAMSA’s Core mandate to include inland waterways (only waterways accessible to the public) within the Republic. That is to ensure boating safety on our waters.
  • Implementing and executing the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of vessels along the South African coastline. The Long-Range vessels monitoring system assist in securing South Africa’s coastal waters in the midst of the rising lawlessness at sea, with particular reference to the worrying scourge of pirate attacks along the east coast of Africa.
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