4. General Seamanship, including maintenance

General Seamanship, including maintenance

For this you need to know:-

  • Properties, use and care of synthetic fibre ropes
  • Knots
  • General deck-work at sea and in harbour
  • Engine operations and routine checks
  • Improvisation of jury rigs following gear failure

Videos and Stories

Watch our "It's a horrible day" and add comments video

It's a horrible day

It's a horrible day, the weather is dreadful, and Beverley and I are not only suffering from SAD, we are depressed as we have how gone sailing for a few days. Not only that more storms are on the...
Watch our 'Splicing Dyneema' video and add comments etc

Splicing Dyneema

There are several ways to splice dynemma and it is one of the simplest ropes to splice. Equipment - Hollow Fid, Splicing needles, chopping board, sharp knife Splice 1 - Long tail splice ...
Watch our 'Splicing video' and make comments etc.

Splicing rope - 3 braid nylon

How to make a three strand splice Step 1: Tape the ends Split and unravel a short length of rope. Tape the end of each braid where the braids are still neat and cut half way through the tape,...
Watch Servicing our Volvo Penta Oil and Diesel in full screen mode and add comments etc.

Oil and Diesel Service

The last of the parts needed to complete the engine service had arrived during the week, so now there was no excuse, but to get messy and complete the engine service. Oil Service For the oil...
Watch Servicing our Volvo Penta sea water cooling system in full screen mode and add comments etc.

Servicing our Volvo Penta sea water cooling system

Whatever type of boat you have, there is a service schedule with regard to the engine. For a full service ours is every year or 200 engine hours. When we purchased the yacht, the last time that the...
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We were only on our third sail in our brand new boat to us and we had to call the coast guard for assistance. That assistance came in the shape of a RNLI boat from Portpatrick, so we have decided to raise money for the RNLI through our Damsels in distress page on just giving, that way you know that any money goes straight to them. We have set ourselves a target of £500 and we would like to honour our pledge, so if you like our videos then please give a little to those who rescue people in the seas around the UK.

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