Skipper - Keith Lambert
14 lbs of WSB in 2011 out near SBI
If you are
joining me as Crew, first you need to know is how to find the boat...
There are two knots you need to know if you
plan on helping me with docking, handling dock lines, and
setting up the fenders. When going out I take all the dock
lines with the boat except the spring line to the mid-ships
cleat. No lines are left loose that can fall overboard.
Fenders must be brought aboard before we leave the harbor.
They all get stowed on the baskets attached to the bow railings.
Notice where they are on the stanchions & how high off the water
before you untie them.
The Clove Hitch
is for attaching the fenders (sometimes called buoys by
landlubbers) that hang from the sides of the boat. It
keeps us from scratching up the hull on the docks. We
often move them around to the stern corner for the Bait Dock
and for Fuel Dock and for Guest docks to pump the head etc.
AND it is important to move them up out of the water when
Tying up at the docks... Do not over do it.
Do not jump. I'll get you close enough so you can step off
with sure footing. If you slip and go between the boat and the
dock it is very dangerous. If you do not know the way to tie
off to a cleat, it is not a job you should do. Remember
to just take a
couple of turns and stop. Take a turn on a clean and then hold
onto the line if at the fuel or bait
dock. I'm not going anywhere.
This version of the hitch is overdone by one
turn but useful to understand the idea
This is what it should look like when
see this link...
End of the Trip...
When Docking: Be
patient. Let the boat get into the slip. The
first line attached is the Spring Line. It is already
on the dock. It must be on to keep the wind from
pushing the bow up on the dock and the two boxes on the
dock. It is pre-set to just the right spot.
Dock lines and fenders
will likely need to be reset. Do not worry it too much.
Get the boat secure on all four corners and give it a simple
After the 5 dock lines
are attached then we attach the shore power and secure the
dock cord. Then we turn on the power at the dock box. (Box
153) Talk about it. Check in with captain and
get an Okay before you throw the switch.
Now strip the rods of
tackle and rinse the fishing gear/scuba gear. Get dock
carts and clear the decks.
We need to close up all
windows* and ports... Isinglass** of the bridge needs to be
handled carefully etc.
We get out the boat
hose out of the dock box and now* wet the boat thoroughly to loosen the salt.
Then soap as needed
depending on the amount of sea spray and length of trip.
We wipe down the rods,
reels, boat steel/railings, and windows as needed.
(** only clean soft microfiber towels are allowed on the isinglass.)
Then if there is time
we have a final sip of a scotch or margarita to relax and
finish the successful day on the ocean.
Thanks. Hope that
the above is not to boring. Help cleaning up is really
appreciated by all boat owners. I do not have a paid deck
hand. And if I did I'd expect all aboard to tip him as if
he were a caddy at a golf country club.
Remember we go boating for the fun of it.
(You can remind me as needed.)
Boating slogan I like... "Never
run out of Fuel, Beer, or Bait!"
eg. Be safe. Have fun. Go fishing.
Tips to be a good boat guest.
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