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What is in a good log book?

I just bought my first sailboat a few weeks ago and can't wait to get on the water. I want to keep a log book of all the times I sail her. I am wondering:

1) How many of you guys keep a log book?

2) What information is essential to ensure lasting memories of sailing my boat?

I know I want to record where I sail, the weather conditions, and what I practiced or learned. What else would be considered essential in a complete log book?
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Really depends what you want to accomplish with the Log Book. I track sailing days,conditions, crew, engine hours each day, and anything that needs to be worked on based on the days sailing.

In addition, I use the log book to track all service to the boat including engine, rig, etc.. I also keep an inventory of all equipment on board.

The log, with receipts, is a great tool when selling the boat...if you have maintained it you will have the facts for a possible future buyer.
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I keep a log which pretty much is like a travel log. For each trip, I generally note the wind conditions, points of sail and boat speeds. I note when things went well and when they went bad and what we might try to make things better next time. I also note anchorages and marinas visited and who was aboard and any other thoughts/observations or things of interest. In the margins I note trip distance and a running total of the distance we've covered. In the off season I note what I did to winterize, maintenance performed and any upgrades made to the boat. I've considered breaking out the maintenance in a separate log similar to my airplane log, but I haven't yet and will probably prove too lazy to keep it separate.

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I keep a three ring binder log with several separate sections. A fuel log, a maintenance log, a travel log, a section for inventory, ship's documents and a section for clearing customs.

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I would log how many beers where brought aboard then how many people. Then log how many beers returned if you really care log in how many of the crew returned.
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Thanks for this post. I just bought a new boat (actually will finalize the purchase and get the title on Thursday) and hadn't thought before about doing a log book like this. I think all of these are great suggestions, and I'll likely go with the three-ring binder and sectioned approach. I'll also take lapworth's advice and make a section specifically dedicated to the consumption of beer/booze and crew!!


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I just bought my first sailboat a few weeks ago and can't wait to get on the water. I want to keep a log book of all the times I sail her. I am wondering:

1) How many of you guys keep a log book?

2) What information is essential to ensure lasting memories of sailing my boat?

I know I want to record where I sail, the weather conditions, and what I practiced or learned. What else would be considered essential in a complete log book?
Include memories, impressions, feelings. Any unusual or beautiful natural occurances. Boats or people you meet. So that when you read it in the future, you relive the sail.

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We use standard composition books and maintain multiple logs. We have a log to record when we completed projects or upgrades, we have a log for the engine to record the hours and when maintenance is completed, our standard boat log would be for trips and weather data, and we have a visitors log for people to sign and leave us contact information.

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We've always kept a log, not a blow-by-blow or tack-by-tack or hourly fix type of log appropriate for passage making, but more of a journal/diary type of record, in addition to maintenance and upgrade information. We track conditions, destinations, guests, number of days, overnights, and laydays. Recently we've adapted an expandable photo-album style of log with sleeves to add photos to flesh out the written word. For photos we tend to make collages of various pics we've taken during the trip(s)

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Thanks for the great ideas guys. I really like remetau's idea of a guest log. I hadn't even thought of that. Also Faster's idea for adding photos. I want something that I can look back on years down the road and remember my first little boat after I have moved on to bigger and better things.
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