Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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These are great answers...
My engine is well maintained. Before we go out, I check the oil level, fuel filter, sea strainer, look for loose stuff, and check the belts. I run it for a few minutes (5+), and look for the steady stream of water out the back. If all those pass, I start the adressing the sails. We remove the mainsail cover and attach the halyard.
The final thing with the sails that we do is undo the jib furler line and ready the jib sheets to unroll the jib and loosen the main's sheet which loosens the boom which allows the sail to be raised
I then go back and check the guages on the engine and relook to make sure the engine has a good fow of exhaust water. If everything checks, we prepare to leave.
When we are ready to leave. I have my wife put the transmission in reverse and I watch the mooring lines. If they tighten, I have her quickly put it back in neutral, and then forward to remove the mooring line tension so that I can remove the lines. By putting it in reverse first, if the propeller is loose, it will spin off the shaft and the lines wouldn't tighten, whereas forward, I was told it may not. Better to have the propeller spin off now than after we have left.
Once off, we then head directly for the open channel area. I can raise the sail in leas than 15 seconds and have the jib out in less than 10 if need be.
I will practice sailing around my mooring field when it is empty to see how easy/hard it is with our boat.