Images – Jan ’13

I’ve found some more pictures to share and a couple of these will need to be identified if you can.

So, who figured out that the mystery Sealine in Images – Oct ’12 was an SC42?

For this months mystery boat, I’ve got a stern view of a flybridge reflected in the water.  If you need a clue; there is one of these for sale outside the front of the Sealine South Coast office at Hamble Point Marina…

SDIM1466 low resAnother little tester for you – where was this shot taken?  The fact that the boats are moored up ‘stern-to’ is a good clue!!

SDIM0043 low resSome self indulgence now.  I took this shot last summer in the Solent.  She’s one of the J-class yachts practising before the race the following day.

© Richard Corbett 2012… and here’s a RIB making it’s way up the Hamble River.  If you don’t recognise this part of the Hamble, that’s because it’s North of the motorway!!

© Richard Corbett 2013

If you have any boat pics, unusual boats or point of view, any partial shots that we could use for the mystery boat shot or just shots of you and the crew out on your boat, then let me know and I’ll post them on the Blog.

Happy boating, Rich -)

Fantastic!  Dan from Windermere Marina in Cumbria (https://twitter.com/DanTheMarinaMan) has sent me two shots of boats covered in snow – thanks Dan!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook at those icicles!!

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The water coming out of the anchor locker drain has frozen and attached itself to the lake – crazy!

A bet Dan’s not the only person with shots of boats covered in snow.  Come on folks, dig those pics out…

This has been another Captain Corbett’s Adventure.  If I’m not on Jersey teaching a private tuition Day Skipper theory or Yachtmaster theory course, then I’m either spending time with someone on their boat, giving them the confidence to take their boat out with their family and friends on board or I’m off somewhere exotic delivering a boat. Either way, I’ll write it up and put it on the Blog for you all to see, so keep popping back to see my most recent adventures.

 

Skipper’s Tips #4 – Daily Checks

“Every day before you go out, you must check your engines…” This is what I tell my students when I’m training.  It is actually very sound advice, but how many of us actually follow proper procedures every time we go out?

I am definitely guilty of just hopping on a boat, turning the keys and driving off – I know the boat has recently been checked by someone else, I know I’m only moving it around to the hoist, and I know I’m in a hurry but that doesn’t make it right.

I’ve seen another very skilled boat handler, do exactly the same thing, only to have the engines stop just as he moved off the berth; the fuel shut off switches had been turned off.  We never turn them off, nobody I know ever turns them off, as far as I am aware they’re only there so that they can be turned off in an emergency but the owner of this boat had turned them off.  As Roger glided across the channel towards the boats moored on the other side his heart must have missed a beat or two.

All credit to Roger though. He knew exactly what the problem was, turned on the fuel valves, started the engines and missed the other boats by inches… Roger’s years of experience had introduced him to most of the things that are likely to trip you up when you’re trying to be professional and cool.

The question is, how would you have coped in that situation? I’m not certain I would have immediately thought of the fuel shut off valves.  I suspect I’d have leapt to the front of the boat and prepared to fend off.

The moral of the story has to be, ‘Carry out daily checks’. Especially if you have decided to heed my advice from my previous tip and you are keeping your boat in the water over the winter months

  • Always check your engines before starting a journey, especially at night
  • Enter fluid levels and rectified faults in the ‘Deck Log’ before you setoff
  • Keep a selection of spares and tools on the boat at all times
  • Turn on and check all your navigation and anchor lights
  • Check all safety equipment, e.g. life-jackets, flares, life-raft
  • Make a VHF radio check on Ch. 80 to your marina

Unlike our fellow boaters, who enjoy the delights of gliding along at 6 knots under the power of the wind, we have two (sometimes one) dirty great lumps of engineering supremacy drumming away in our bilges.  They are the only means of propulsion available to us and as such we have a duty to understand how they work and more importantly, to know how to keep them working.

Regular servicing is, of course, essential. However, that alone will not prevent the occasional glitch. We must monitor our engines to make sure that we notice the first signs of something going awry and see that it is dealt with straight away.

Daily engine checks should include: checking the level of engine and gearbox oil, are the raw water filters clear of debris, do the engines have enough coolant in the freshwater system and are the belts all at the correct tension.

Look after your engines and they will repay you with mile after mile of trouble free boating.

This has been another Captain Corbett’s Adventure.  If I’m not on Jersey teaching a private tuition Day Skipper theory or Yachtmaster theory course, then I’m either spending time with someone on their boat, giving them the confidence to take their boat out with their family and friends on board or I’m off somewhere exotic delivering a boat. Either way, I’ll write it up and put it on the Blog for you all to see, so keep popping back to see my most recent adventures.

London International Boat Show 2013

Hello all.

Just a quick note to say that I am going to be at LIBS between Friday and Sunday.  Drop by the Sealine stand (A250-6) if you want to let me know what you think of the Blog or even just to say hello.

I will be putting a new ‘Skipper’s Tip’ on the Blog next week, so keep a weather eye out for that.  Then at the end of January I’ll put my next ‘Big Adventure’ from last year up, which will be the press event I attended in Florida in July…

Don’t forget to come along to the Sealine South Coast demonstration weekend at the Hamble Point Marina near Southampton on 26/27th January.  Also, don’t forget to let me know if you have anything interesting you’d like to share with the other followers.

This has been another Captain Corbett’s Adventure.  If I’m not on Jersey teaching a private tuition Day Skipper theory or Yachtmaster theory course, then I’m either spending time with someone on their boat, giving them the confidence to take their boat out with their family and friends on board or I’m off somewhere exotic delivering a boat. Either way, I’ll write it up and put it on the Blog for you all to see, so keep popping back to see my most recent adventures.

 

Destination Great Lakes

Winter is upon us, Christmas is over and the New Year celebrations are just a fading memory.  What better to fill the post festivities void than thinking about summer boating?  In June 2012 I went over to the States to receive, prepare and handover the first ever Sealine SC42 in America and this is the story…

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Ted & I arrived in Harbor Springs, Michigan just as the rain stopped and the sun came out.  Actually, we hadn’t seen any rain ourselves but the one person we came across in Harbor Springs marina, when we went for a stroll that Sunday evening, told us this was the case.  He turned out to be a welcome source of local navigation information.  Incidentally, as well as being the part-time Fire Chief, he is also the local undertaker too, might be a handy person to know, who knows…?

© Richard Corbett 2012

SC42i #7 was due to arrive from Baltimore on Wednesday, so we had a couple of days to organize everything.  For now, having just completed two flights and a two hour drive we were happy to try out one of the recommended eateries and settle down for some food, a beer and some baseball – welcome to America.

© Richard Corbett 2012

Before we knew it the boat had arrived and we had to hustle to get her off the truck, re-assembled and tested ready to hand her over to her new and very excited owner.  Putting the light-mast and radar up was simplicity itself but the interesting bit for me was putting the IPS pods back on.

© Richard Corbett 2012

However, we had enlisted the help of the local marina and the local Volvo-Penta agent as well, to make doubly sure everything went to plan.  This is going to sound amazing but we had the boat in the water and tested by Thursday evening!

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Friday came and I was still rubbing specks of anti-foul off my glasses (yes, that was my contribution) when Andy, Debbie, Jodi & Brooke arrived to see their new toy.  I reckon I saw a lump in Andy’s throat and a tear in his eye.  This boat looked fabulous and everyone was so excited about seeing her in Michigan.

As a matter of fact, we drew a lot of attention.  At Sealine, we are very proud of the fact that we are innovative and that we don’t make boats that look like everybody else’s boats.  So you might imagine the stir we caused – everyone who passed by had to have a look.

What struck me was how people were comparing us to much bigger boats, saying that there was more space inside and out than other 45 or even 50 foot boats. Everybody said how pretty she was. I found out later, when we were going through the practical part of the handover, that Andy’s neighbour, who is an architect, reckons she is the prettiest boat he has ever seen – now that is a recommendation if ever I heard one.

Finally, we hopped on board and started the handover.  I wanted Andy and his family to be completely happy with their new boat, so we set about finding out how she worked.  Beginning with the forward cabin, we made our way through the whole boat, pressing buttons, opening lockers, turning switches and doing lots of talking!

Jodi took notes and Brooke videoed me, so that there would be no forgetting and they could always refer back at a later date if they needed to.

The last thing to do on Friday was take ‘It’s Mine II’ round to her home berth on Lake Charlevoix.  It was a superb run round, with everyone taking a turn on the helm, including me!

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As the sun finally started to drop, we gently slipped her into the dock and raised her out of the water at her new home.

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Keeping your boat out of the water is a practical solution to preventing a build-up of growth on the hull and drives. In the UK, for vessels up to 35 feet, some marinas offer the option of dry-stacking.

The very next day we started on the practical side of the handover.  Now it was my chance to show Andy and the family how to get the very best from their boat. It’s all very well knowing what buttons to press to turn a boat on, but each boat has its own handling characteristics and there are a few different drive options too.

So, off we went, screaming around the lake like mad things, whooping and cheering as we went. We did MOB (Man Over Board) practice, anchoring tight against a windward shore, navigating by compass alone and of course, we had to stop for lunch each day, so that meant lots of mooring practice too.

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That’s Ted on the back!

By the end of the third day everyone was really getting to grips with how to make her fly and how to bring her safely alongside.  So now it was time for a mini-adventure…

We went to Bay Harbor for dinner – by boat!

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Not that boat… The restaurant is in the left corner of the shot.

By the time we set off to come home it was well and truly dark.  We edged our way out of Bay Harbor – boy that channel is narrow – and headed south down Lake Michigan for the link through to Lake Charlevoix.  The plotter was on and working fine, the lake was flat as a pancake and it was good to be alive.

We’d worked out that we could get under the road bridge in Charlevoix without having to have it lifted, so before we knew it we were into Lake Charlevoix and whizzing along at 16 knots – not hugely quick but it was pitch black out there!

I have to say, the spotlight fitted to Andy’s boat is stunning and it’s just as well it was because the approach to his landing stage is a little shallow and not exactly well lit.  Nevertheless, we got there and once the boat was in the lift and out of the water there was an excited cheer at the fact that we’d come all the way round from Bay Harbor, by boat, in total darkness!

The next day I headed home.  I was sad to leave and I can’t wait to go back and see how they’re doing.  One thing’s for certain, if they travel along all the routes we put into the chart-plotter, then that boat will have some hours on her by the end of the season and there will be a whole family in Michigan with aching face muscles from all the smiling!

© Richard Corbett 2012

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I hope you enjoyed reading about how Andy Colman and his lovely family took possession of their newest ‘family member’.

Don’t forget to keep popping in to see the new Skipper’s Tips as they are posted – the best way to ensure you are notified of new postings is to either ‘Follow’ me or if you follow Sealine on Facebook and Twitter they will post a note to let you know I have posted an update.

If reading about my adventures or the Skipper’s Tips prompts you to say something, then why not leave a comment and let me know?

Also, it would be great to hear from anyone who has had their own adventure or even has a tip they’d like to share.

This has been another Captain Corbett’s Adventure.  If I’m not on Jersey teaching a private tuition Day Skipper theory or Yachtmaster theory course, then I’m either spending time with someone on their boat, giving them the confidence to take their boat out with their family and friends on board or I’m off somewhere exotic delivering a boat. Either way, I’ll write it up and put it on the Blog for you all to see, so keep popping back to see my most recent adventures.