Bremerton yacht club plus burgee

Reports from the Bridge

16 October 2004

Ron Morse
Rear Commodore

Photo of Rear Commodore

As I write these comments, the Fall Work Party is in progress with the weather only partially cooperating. We had hoped to accomplish many projects including painting the clubhouse, workshop, fuel shack and winch house which now may have to be done in stages. Check with our Work Party Chairman, CAPT Allen Fox, to see if you can help complete these projects at other times.

The other day as I was preparing my boat for the winter, I took some time to go through the "operator's manual" that I put together when I purchased the boat. I have done this for each boat that I have owned and I cannot tell you how helpful it has been to have this information at hand. This includes collecting and compiling manuals for every major piece of equipment including addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of all suppliers and companies. In addition I have written and compiled my own which has forced me to investigate and think through each system and any potential problems. I keep this information readily accessible in a rack behind the pilot seat.

Trace each system and draw neat, simple diagrams that will be useful in worrisome conditions. Consider placing numbered tags on some connections and switches and reference them in your manual. Diagram the position of lifting slings and yacht placement on the railway. Make notes on size and specifications of running rigging or high wear parts so that replacements can be easily ordered. Know your prop specifications before leaving home waters. Note locations of spare parts in the boat so you do not have to waste time looking.

Keep these notes on durable paper and non-soluble ink -- photographs are extremely helpful, especially for theft or damage. When it is time to sell, this manual can be a fine sales tool. No buyer can fail to be impressed with a clear and complete document. How is that for an off-season project?

Carrying preparedness a bit further, it is not too early to start thinking about the Holiday events in December. We need help with decorations outside the clubhouse and then the tree trimming inside. The Children's Christmas Party will follow along with a visit from Santa, and then the Special People's Cruise and Lighted Boat Parade, and annual Christmas Party. Dates and times will be in the next Towline.


Ron Morse
Rear Commodore

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Posted: 16 October 2004 (gk)