Join Date: Feb 2010
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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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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.