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A basic ships LogBook

I am looking for a basic ships logbook
Hopefully a free to download one.

I would like to use it on a laptop computor the very same one i have as a plotter.

Been looking on the internet for a few hours now with no luck.
Loads are there but for a single page most would like a payment for one.
Do any other members use an electronic ships logbook if so what is it you uses and was it a freebee from the WWW.
I could make one like a template if I knew what sort of information i would put on it.
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Re: A basic ships LogBook

I made a simple form in an excel spreadsheet with two lines per entry.

Line 1 = Date, time, speed, speed over ground, heading, course over ground, wind, depth, lat/long, sea height, barometer, gen weather description (ie rain, clear skies, etc)

Line 2 = crew, comments (which I use for general from/to identification)

For a day sail, I may skip most and only record the date, the crew and the destination.

For a passage, I may record all info every hour or when there is a significant change, like it started raining or a shift changed.

I can get 10 entries on a landscape piece of 8/11 paper. I hole punch a dozen pages and put them in a tab in a 1" notebook. The same notebook has sections to record repair, needed supplies, upgrades I've thought of, maintenance tasks and dates and has my winterization checklist.

All could easily be on a screen too, but the simplicity of the soft covered, 1" notebook works best for me. I even printed a stock photo of the side view of our hull and slipped it into the cover with the name of our vessel. Actually, I just realized, its the same photo I used in my sig below.
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Re: A basic ships LogBook

To be completely legal a decklog must be bound with the pages numbered and entries completed in ink.

Here is one developed by me and another from a friend.

http://www.swiftsuresailing.com/documents/decklog.pdf

http://www.swiftsuresailing.com/docu...og%20Sheet.pdf

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Re: A basic ships LogBook

Whatever you use, be sure to keep it simple and concise. Some folks have a tendency to add superfluous lines and data requirements that add nothing to the log but take extra time to enter, thereby decreasing the likelihood that it will be entered after the first three lines. Like food at a picnic, take all you need but eat all you take.
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Re: A basic ships LogBook

Mine's quite similar to Minnie's but add engine hours if engine run. Also from old celestial days at noon figure days run. finally at noon write in amount of fuel/water left. Ask crew to write in any contacts ( visual or by radio/electronics etc. ) when passagemaking as last line. Some keep separate radio log which I guess you really should do. Now with hour meters,recording barometers etc. probably overkill but just habits drilled in to me at a younger age.

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Mine's quite similar to Minnie's but add engine hours if engine run. .....
Great point. While I don't always record engine hours, I do add it to the comment field whenever I top off fuel.


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Great point. While I don't always record engine hours, I do add it to the comment field whenever I top off fuel.
Some folks use a separate maintenance log.

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Some folks use a separate maintenance log.
I have one as well, but use it for routine maintenance (filters, oil, zincs, belts, adjustments, etc) rather than consumables.

To each his own.


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Re: A basic ships LogBook

I use the basic one you can get at any West Marine.
I'm not worried about it being 'legal', I just like actually sitting at my nav station and hand writing in it.
Spread sheets are easy to come up with, easy to type in, and soulless.
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