Before You Go Sailing

  • Crossbeam bolts should be finger tight plus ¾ to 1 turn with a spanner. Always use a washer.

  • Make sure the mast deck straps are secure over the mast deck ring.

  • Put tape over D-shackle pins and rings. Check regularly, to make sure they don’t come undone.

  • Check that steering shackles and lines are secure before every trip.

  • Make sure all control lines have a stopper knot in the end to prevent them jumping out of the cleat. Regularly check all lines for damage.

  • Regularly check the securing nut on the tiller pivot, it may work loose.

  • Make sure the spring that stops the rudder coming off is secure and working.

  • Drain water from the hulls. Unscew the bungs and tip the boat back.

  • Make sure all the bungs are done up before launching. The cockpit is

         self-draining and the hulls are then sealed. They also have foam

        reserve buoyancy inside to ensure the boat will not sink even if holed.

When You Are Sailing

  • Sit securely in the boat with feet braced if possible, to avoid falling over the side.

  • The painter (tow rope) should be long enough to reach the cockpit so that you can release it when needed. It should not be tied to the crossbeams.

  • Do not sail near a lee shore (= wind blowing onto beach) in rough weather. Tacking is slow, the boat could stall and be blown ashore.

  • If you do stall in a tack, reverse the tiller and let the sail out to 90 degrees. When it fills, centre the tiller and pick up speed before sheeting in again to sail away from the shore. Keep the sail filled and don’t let the speed drop or you will stall and be blown back towards the shore, which is very dangerous.

  • If you get into trouble, signal for rescue sooner rather than later by raising and lowering arms, shouting, blowing a whistle or doing anything that will attract somebody’s attention.

  • If you fall out, hang on to the boat. It is safer and rescue will find you more quickly. If you run aground, don’t try to get out unless you are mobile enough to wade through waves. Brace yourself in the cockpit and wait for rescue.

After Sailing

  • Make sure the boat is securely on its trolley before pulling it out of the water.

  • When the sail is down, secure the boom so that it does not swing about and hit someone.

  • Make sure the boat is securely tied down so that it will not rock or move when parked.

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