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04-21-2012 10:11 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

Quote:
Originally Posted by sctpc View Post
I just spent the day adding a Current parts on boat list to me maintenance log, as i found the part I just spent $280 to replace that I had in the depths of the tool locker.
Sailing log no to busy having fun as I only day sail at the moment.
One thing I need to make up is an inventory....but suff is to spread around...food inventory is essential on long cruises.
04-21-2012 12:47 PM
sctpc
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

I just spent the day adding a Current parts on boat list to me maintenance log, as i found the part I just spent $280 to replace that I had in the depths of the tool locker.
Sailing log no to busy having fun as I only day sail at the moment.
04-21-2012 11:12 AM
PenobscotBaySailor
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

Yes, a couple different ones. I keep a "sailing log" to record 30 minute positions and such, a seperate maintenance log, and a cruising log for special occasions or passengers. A lot I know, but ex-Navy and maybe a little OCD.
04-20-2012 09:51 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

There are different tpyes of logs, mainainece log, weather log, supply log which includes food consumption and prices of supplies, details of your travels, budget etc and a brief cosise easy to interprut list of where you travel for the porpose of any coast guard, customs etc...

maintainence log should be considered essential
weather,budget and supply logs helpful
details of travels....might not seem important now, but you might regret no doing it,
the last might save your butt just by documenting somthing as simple as your last port of call
04-20-2012 03:45 PM
glassdad
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

So it is for this reason I keep a log. Not to satisfy an ASA course, or to gratify my self, or revel in what I've learned, but to participate in a family tradition of sailing, and maintaining a record of the course.[/QUOTE]


I agree completely! This is the best reason to keep a log.
04-19-2012 11:30 PM
SHNOOL
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

Ok, I'll give you the real dope.... My father taught me to sail. When I was 9 I was obliged to "go with your father" when he was going to the boat. My mother liked sailing, but not really "sailing," just the light snack on the boat in 4-15knot winds.

I on the other hand grew up sailing. The neighbors at the marina had kids too, and I became fast friends with 2 other boys my age, and we'd race snarks together until I was about 11, and I started to get into the "big boat." Our US 27 was a slug, but Dad's a helluva sailor, and even better a man. He'd enter that slug into every race on Lake Norman in NC.. we ALWAYS, unfailingly were DEAD last. Our rating was for a similar boat, with a tall rig, with an outboard, and a tiller (almost 1000lbs lighter).. we had a wheel, blackwater tanks, fixed prop and the standard rig (the boat was for near shore sailing).

Flash forward. Dad's pushing 77 now. He's been 12 years cancer free, but the treatment has taken it's toll. He's "fragile," and can't sit comfortably on hard surfaces for more than a few minutes at a time. But he's still ALL sailor.

It's taken me until I turned 40 to finally get a keelboat of my own. I would LOVE to take Dad sailing again... however, he's physically not able to go. I know it's killing him... I mean think of what not being able to participate in sailing would do to you?

So I keep a detailed log. My logs are written to Dad, and thankfully sent to Dad, to be read, as if he was with me. I ask his opinions, and listen carefully to his answers, always. For me he's still captain, and I'm still crew.

This being the case, I aim to teach my daughter to sail as well. She's just turned 9, and is old enough to learn, and appreciate it. I dunno if she'll take to it. Her mother (my ex) never leaves a 6 mile radius, and her most involved hobby is shopping at Target (with my money, not spent on our daughter).

I hope someday my daughter looks back on her crazy ole salt of a dad, and says, I really had a good time doing this... and gets a chance to read some of what we did.

By the way, my father kept a detailed log of all our sails as well. He had a singular literary talent, and they at times read as great short stories. Within those pages show evidence that I've sailed with him more than 80% of the times he's gone. My older brother, and my 2 older sisters not nearly as much as 20%.

I really took to sailing when we owned a 27 footer, but I stuck with him until I was 25. Unfortunately he sold his 27 when I was 14.. but he quickly acquired a 23 kells coaster trailerable, which added a new dimension to sailing for me. We had it on the Chesapeake at Oxford Boat Yard, for the last 3 years we sailed it intensely (until I wasted my time dating my first wife, and neglected my sailing time with my father).

So it is for this reason I keep a log. Not to satisfy an ASA course, or to gratify my self, or revel in what I've learned, but to participate in a family tradition of sailing, and maintaining a record of the course.
04-16-2012 09:54 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

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Originally Posted by ccriders View Post
I try to, but she maintains such a busy schedule she doesn't have much time for sailing and won't go out if forecast is for more that 15 gusting to 20 knots.
John
15 knots is is where it starts to get fun with this boat, 20 is a real blast...I live on board and the only crew I would consider is someone that would appreciate that.
04-16-2012 08:32 AM
wingNwing
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

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Originally Posted by ccriders View Post
I try to, but she maintains such a busy schedule she doesn't have much time for sailing and won't go out if forecast is for more that 15 gusting to 20 knots.
John
When I've got my choice, I don't go out when its much more than that either. When we do, stuff just increases its likelihood of breaking ... and there's always tomorrow (or whenever the weather moderates). As for heavy weather practice, we get enough of that when the weather goes bad despite the forecast.

Back to the original question: we keep an informal log, written in a composition book (like DRFerron's, $0.99 at Staples) Just a sketch, engine hrs, where/when we started and where/when we ended up, weather, and any "interesting stuff" that happens. (at the locks at Great Bridge, VA, writing the log with actual pen and paper)
04-15-2012 05:23 PM
ccriders
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

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Originally Posted by glassdad View Post
Take her along. Then you can blame her.
I try to, but she maintains such a busy schedule she doesn't have much time for sailing and won't go out if forecast is for more that 15 gusting to 20 knots.
John
04-15-2012 04:40 PM
glassdad
Re: Do you sailor's keep a log book?

Take her along. Then you can blame her.
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