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Re: Sailing Resume | Logbook | Web App
A proper and legal logbook must be in a bound book form, with no pages ever torn out or erasures. Any errors must be lined out with a signature. It must be kept religiously, including just moving around an anchorage or going to the fuel dock. If it isn't done this way, it will have no legal standing in an Admiralty Court.
Of course, unless you end up in court, this is not very important, but I thought I'd throw it out there, just in case you ever became the captain of a vessel involved in some sort of incident in which the court would require the official logbook.
I've kept my logbooks faithfully since 1969, on every vessel I was operating, for pleasure or professionally. It is very handy for trip planning and recording things of note, such as avg/max wind speed/direction, sea state, average boat speed, max boat speed, sails used/reefed, fish caught and on what lure at what speed, vessels sighted or personal notes about the voyage (if short enough) or at watch changes by the watchstander, if a longer voyage.
We keep a separate logbook for the engine room, where oil/filter changes, repairs, taking on fuel/water and new installations are recorded. On my freighters/tugs, we also noted speed versus fuel consumption (very important), and in the case of the refer ship, the hold temperatures, hourly.
Sorry, but I don't have a private facebook account, so I couldn't see your ideas.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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