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post #2 of Old 07-02-2004
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Here''''s another what should

You''ve probably beat yourself over the head mentally enough over this episode already, you don''t really need us to do it for you.

My main thought is that the one great advantage an auxiliary sailboat enjoys is that it always carries a backup propulsion system. Be sure when you leave port to make sure both systems are in good condition. If you''re going to be motoring mostly, you still need to be sure the sailing gear is in working order and set up to function properly should you suddenly need it. Run the sails up before you leave or when you first slip the dock or hook just to be sure you can get it up and everything seems in order. If you want to be fastidious (and you probably should if you''re heading offshore), you can prepare a predeparture checklist that includes items like "make sure stopper knots are on sheet ends" and "check for the presence of at least one spare halyard", or "check for the presence of spare lines" (for use as running or standing rigging in an emergency).

Allen Flanigan
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