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11-14-2012 03:24 PM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

I've known some who are liveaboards, like us, that are burdened with stuff on the deck, on the dock, in storage boxes and cars, etc. We own nothing ashore besides our bank account. If we are stocked with provisions and full water tanks, we can leave for a day sail within ten minutes or leave for a six month cruise in the same length of time. We are usually underway more than half of each year.
11-14-2012 03:08 PM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

Takes me about 15 minutes to get underway.

Normally, it takes me 45 minutes+ when I get back before I'm walking down the dock to leave. I like to arrive at a clean and ready boat, so I do all my cleaning and tidying up when I get back to the marina at the end of the day. Depends on how long I was on the boat....a quick day sail and I'm out fast....several days over a long weekend? I gotta go dump the holding tank, wash down the decks and cockpit, clean up the know, more work.

I always plan this into my sailing.....I don't come back from a few days out overnighting at sunset, tired. I plan to have a few hours of daylight left and plenty of time to leisurely clean up.
11-14-2012 08:54 AM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

It takes me about 35 minutes to unload, assemble, and launch my boat, assuming I don't screw it up somehow or break my foot pump. Another 30 to put it all back into and on top of the car.
11-14-2012 07:37 AM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

My boat is about 100 feet from my office window/home.

From the time I get off work to the time the boat can leave the slip is somewhat under five minutes.
11-14-2012 07:29 AM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

From where?

It is a 10 minute walk to the dinghy dock from my house. The oars, a pfd and a sponge live in the Avon. I enjoy the row to the mooring. Another 5 minutes. Open things up, remove covers, check systems, start the engine and relax. Decide which head sail to hank on and do that 10 to 15 minutes (if it isn't blowing 20 ssw). Cast off. I need lazy jacks and a simpler way to cover the main when I return. Flaking the main properly and covering it are the most time consuming tasks. I probably spend 10 minutes on that. Stow the head sail or put it into a sail bag that stays on deck, 5 minutes. Shut down systems and final check, dry up any water that dripped in at the shaft seal if I used the engine, 5 or10 minutes. Row back to the dock. (20 to 30 minutes each way?)

I do not hurry any more. It is all an enjoyable part of the day so I consider finishing the breakfast dishes and going out the door as my departure. Zero minutes!

11-13-2012 09:13 PM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

We trailer our 25 footer . . . every weekend. On a GOOD day, from the time that I stop the truck to the time that my wife pulls the trailer out of the water to park it, is about 30 minutes. That includes stepping the 30 foot mast, rigging all the lines and warming up the motor while she saunters back to the dock. On a bad day, an hour. However . . . it take a little more time loading the boat in the driveway, especially if we're going out for a week.
11-09-2012 12:22 PM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

Liveaboard, on a dock, 30' sailboat : 15 minutes if nobody is sitting in my way, and it begins with closing all the roof hatches, tipping delicate things over/wedging them in tight spaces so they don't fall and break. Then I go up in the cockpit and remove the wheel cover, start the engine, go on deck and remove the mainsail cover, remove parts of my dodger windows, and the entire dodger cover, center the traveler, clip the main halyard to the sail, and then run my (roller furling) jib sheets aft to the cockpit. By then, I can unplug from shore-power, untie from the dock and motor out of the marina until I raise my sails.

In the midst of this, before un-tying I check to make sure the Fwd/Rev/throttle all work as they should...habit...

There's always a weird "I know I'm forgetting something" feeling when it all happens too quickly and too fluidly. It's usually that I forget to take my fenders up while underway, and the feeling goes away after that. Of course, now after stating that fact, it may never happen again.
09-30-2012 12:31 PM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

Guests along?

I do my absolute best to get there before them and do almost all cast off preparations prior to their arrival. They can and will require my attention once aboard and I prefer to be done with my chores first. If they turn out to be low maintenance, all the better.
09-30-2012 12:10 PM
Re: how long does it take you leave?

I'm with Islanderguy....

Time is inversley proportional to the number of people coming along...

I'm on a trailer at the marina (2.5 hr from home)...I can get there, get loaded, launched, park the truck and out the harbor in 30-35min (just did it this week end)

Bring the wife (or a buddy) along and it's an hour easy to get loaded...bring my two girls with the wife and it's a good two hours to load, pack and organize, potty breaks, launch the boat, park the truck, go back to the truck for more stuff, load that, potty break, and then head out the harbor...
09-30-2012 10:02 AM
Green Eyes
Re: how long does it take you leave?

With new the pilings installed off the end of the pier I now finally have a nice wide pull through slip. Now I can be underway in 5 mins and tied up in 15. Before the pilings were put in I had to tie her between our pier and the neighbors. That made it a real challenge for boarding and in anything other than a dead calm a real bear to jockey in and out.
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