Building cruising knowledge seminar handout

These are the notes and reminders from the “Building Your Cruising Confidence” seminar.

Never Force it
Favor the windward side of the channel
Anchor for where the wind will be tonight, not right now
With heavy rain coming, be prepared to lose visibility.
In challenging or new areas, look at both paper and plotter.
Yellow symbols are on ICW channel markers.
When in a channel, look behind you to see if you are being set.
Bridges are on VHF channel 9, DEFENSE! Check current, wind, is the anchor ready to go?
Use two dinghy painters & tow lines.
Knots to know for sure: Bowline, truckers hitch, rolling hitch
Websites for Keys and west Fla; and flseagrant
Don’t crank you engine for more than 30 seconds, drain muffler, or close the seacock
Cruisers Net website for bridge details & a lot more
USCG Notice to Mariners website for bridge, lock, and buoy info.
Power winch breaker location?
Two wraps on power winch not four to start out.
Turn off windlass when leaving the boat.
Do not back down on the windlass.
See Gadget website
Two lines to mooring ball, one from each side of bow.
Stopper on jib furling line, watch for chafe, 6 extra wraps.
Books: Bill Seifert; “Offshore Sailing”, Nigel Calder; “Boat Owner’s Mech and Elect Manual”
Pythagorean Theorem; See The Book of Sail website “Dockside math”
Galley tips, see website ; Oven stone, lingerie bags, etc. “Galley Essentials”


Man overboard (w/ davits)
Line wrapped on prop
Docking with wind blowing you off dock (spring line)
Heaving to
Anchoring with hand signals
Picking up mooring ball (hand signals)
Reefing (10x’s + blind folded)
Bridges + Passes

Bill Cullen;

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