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HSH Yacht Articles

Vera Cruz 2004


Jeremy R. Hood

Mechanical and electrical systems

Boat Provisioning

Crew Management and safety procedures

Looking after Your Boat

Mechanical and electrical systems

Main Engine provides:

Function Back-up system

  • Propulsion Sails
  • Battery charging (alternator) Generator, wind gen, solar, gas generator
  • Hot water Generator, solar bag
  • Refrigeration? ?

Typical Engine problems:

  • Fuel system: Dirt and debris in the tank; Fuel tank leaks
  • Air in fuel
  • Overheating

Engine spares:

  • Raw water pump impellor
  • Belts
  • Fuel /oil filters
  • Hoses and hose clamps
  • Alternator?
  • Spare fuel

By fitting your new spares before you leave you will:

  • Ensure the spare fits
  • Know what tools are needed
  • Learn how to do it
  • Give your engine a new part which is less likely to fail

Steering system:

  • Check steering cable and cable clamps
  • Fit emergency tiller to ensure it really does fit
  • Ensure you have repair items aboard


  • Toilets and holding tanks
    • Make sure Y valves are set for overboard discharge
    • Fit head service kit and retain old parts as spares
  • Fresh water system
    • Ensure manual pump works
    • Stow emergency water

Electrical systems:

  • Batteries, battery charging
    • Check condition of batteries
    • Check charging operation (alternator and battery charger)
    • Fit separate starting battery
    • Have jump leads for emergency
  • Communications
    • Check radios for correct operation
    • Check antennas
    • Check how radios are connected to battery
    • Emergency antennas
  • Refrigeration
    • Check system for sustained use

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Boat Provisioning

  • Water
    • gallon per person / day for drinking
  • Drinks
    • 3-4 soft drinks per person / day
    • Hot drinks (coffee, tea, chocolate, soups)
  • Main meals
    • Pre-prepared meals
    • A la carte menu
    • Sandwiches
  • Snack food
    • Fruit: fresh and dried
    • Nuts / trail mix
    • Cookies and crackers

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Crew Management and safety procedures


  • Personal space for:
    • Them
    • Their stuff
  • Watch systems
  • Adequate berth
  • Crew training:
    • Sea-cock locations
    • Head use
    • Galley and stove safety
    • Location of safety gear

Safety procedures:

  • Accidents
    • Prevention
    • Coping with
  • Man over board
    • Safety harnesses and jack lines: how, when, where to use
    • MOB rescue
  • Fire
    • Prevention
    • Fire fighting
  • Sinking
    • Prevention and repair
    • Abandoning ship: Mayday, grab-bag,

Boat safety equipment:

  • Medical items to cope with:
    • Seasickness, sunburn
    • Cuts and lacerations
    • Broken bones
    • Infections and illness
    • Medical knowledge: ability to recognize sunstroke, hypothermia etc
    • Communications ability
  • Man over board
    • Flotation, mob pole (with light),
    • GPS man overboard button
    • Lifesling or similar for recovery
  • Fire
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Fire blanket for galley
    • Buckets
  • Abandoning ship
    • Liferaft
    • Grab-bag
    • Abandon ship responsibilities

Personal safety equipment:

  • Harness and tether
  • Good foul weather gear
  • Flashlight
  • Knife
  • Personal mob pack

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Looking after Your Boat

Be prepared for damage to occur

  • Ensure all bilge pumps work (including the manual pump
  • Carry good quality small buckets
  • Carry hull repair materials

Avoid continual

  • pounding of hull
  • slamming of hull
  • Shock loading on rig

We aware of:

  • Danger of damage to leeward side of vessel after broaching in big seas
  • Risk of damage when solid water hits the vessel (loss of hatches, deck gear etc)
  • Be prepared to look after your boat by:
  • Shortening sail early
  • Sailing more off the wind if necessary for the boat
  • Heaving-to (with correct procedures to look after your boat)

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