Cruising Essentials Guide
Chapter Table of Contents

Chapter 7: Problems at Sea
Preparing & Maintaining Your Boat & Equipment
 
  • Batteries (age & type), charging, securing)
  • Fuel System (inspecting, draining, cleaning, filter, labels)
  • Engine (oil, belts, raw water, closed water, daily/weekly maintenance, spares)
  • Man-Over-Board Equipment
   
  • Quick Dropping Sails
  • Life-Sling
  • Spinnaker Halyard
  • Jack Lines & Harnesses
  • PLB, Hand-held VHF & GPS
  • Man-Over-Board Procedure
 
  • Abandon Ship Equipment
   
  • EPIRB or PLB
  • Abandon Ship Bag (hand water maker, strong fish line, hooks, VHF, GPS)
  • Shore Contact (phone or radio)
  • Inflatable
 
  • Storm Equipment
   
  • Capsize-proof Boat
  • Storm Sails
  • Jordon Series Drogue
 
  • Other Preparation & Maintenance
   
  • Line Cutter on Prop
  • Lightning Protection
  • Automatic Fire Extinguishers (engine & electrical panel)
  • Manual Fire Extinguisher Types
  • Gas Pressure Leak Gauge
  • Bilge Pumps
  • Emergency Tiller
  • Captain-to-Crew
     
  • USCG Equipment List
  • Locating Safety Equipment
  • First Aid Kit & Contents
  • Sea Cock Diagram & Plugs
  • Critical Hand Signals
  • Safety Check List for Departure
  • Man-overboard Procedure

What do you do when a Problem Happens?

 
  • Aground
  • Engine Won’t Start (air-lock, low battery, fuel flow, starter)
  • Engine Overheating (fresh water system, raw water system)
  • Fire
  • Line-Around Prop
  • Sea Sickness
  • Lightning
  • Man-Over-Board
  • Distress Calls
  • Abandoning Ship
  • Miscellaneous
   
  • Towing Your Boat
  • Gas Stoves (propane & hand pump)
  • Engine, Shifting Gears
  • Cleaning Your Knot meter


 

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