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05-13-2013 06:25 PM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

Here's the log I created before our cruise. Page1 would be filled out before a "passage". One or more page 2's would be filled out during the passage. Page 3 tracked people we met. I had a maintenance page around somewhere but I don't know what I did with it. I have this in MS Word if anyone wants the original.

05-13-2013 06:19 PM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
....My watch has one.
That's neat. What watch is it?
05-13-2013 06:07 PM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

Speaking about the weather. I ask for a BP and tend in each entry. I have been nailed in the past when I did not have a barometer. My watch has one.
05-13-2013 05:37 PM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

find I'm less stressed about my circle of probable position when offshore. Especially now given it's usually irrelevant with GPS/radar etc. Doesn't matter much if you're even a few miles off when you're away from the hard edges but agree keeping a running DR in the log is important. Fun to see if it matches gps. Also like to do simple lower limb moon or noon shots on occasion for same reason. Ask each watch to log any course change and vmg or estimate for each board. Usually not much going on if weather is good so gives everyone something to do. Have them do it on the paper chart as well. agree it's good to keep those skills up.
05-13-2013 05:13 PM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

Chuckles, I'm more of a hardware nerd so I understand your point. You know what they say, without hardware the software would be nothing but bad poetry And to be fair to both sides, hardware guys have bad days too.
05-13-2013 09:04 AM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

I'm a software geek, funny, I prefer paper so you non-geeks can actually understand it.
05-13-2013 08:59 AM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

The pre-printed log books and/or computerized spread sheets seem to be organized around passage making. When we do a passage, for us its mandatory to log position at a minimum every hour, and plot that position on paper charts for when the battery dies and the satellites fall from the sky. Also heading, speed, weather, currents etc. to give you a chance of a DR position when the apocalypse arrives

For more casual coastal cruising, we just keep a bound plain paper notebook where we keep track of engine hours since fueling and oil changes, maintenance items, who we saw, where we went, who came with us, how we liked it, etc.

We like a paper log as it's one more thing that doesn't depend on some software geek not having a bad day.
05-13-2013 08:31 AM
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.
05-12-2013 10:37 PM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
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.
05-12-2013 09:46 PM
Re: A basic ships LogBook

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
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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