Hispaniola

Below

  • Washboard lives in the starboard aft cabin, behind the door, handle out and lock top right
    • 8 seacocks:
      Engine inlet in bilge at bottom of steps
      2 in each heads under sink (water pump in, shower out)
      1 behind each toilet under a removable cover (heads pump out). These are quite stiff.
      1 kitchen sink drain down under the fresh water pump behind the seat back cushion directly in front of the fridge
  • Water tanks are empty at the moment, we didn’t have time to fill them after the last trip. If you do have time to fill them that would be very helpful. The key (mini winch handle with green float) is probably in the chart table, but could be in the cockpit table or in the cuddy left of the chart table. Fillers are port side stern and midships. Hose in the port aft locker if marina doesn’t have one. There will probably be an air lock for a while so switch the panel (seat back cushion just in front of fridge) to be open only to which ever tank you’re filling and run the taps until it comes through. Pump is fine with running dry, it’s not impeller driven.
  • Aft heads seat hinges are broken so use carefully. Craig MacDonald has new hinges so may drop them off, if spare time these should be quick to replace. Heads are currently clean so best replaced before use, or leave and I will replace later.
  • Gas is off at the bottle at the moment – locker aft of starboard wheel, key in chart table, has a float that says gas. Also has a stop valve in the cupboard under the oven
  • There are cockpit cushions in the workshop (aft of heads)
  • There are hand towels and tea towels in the locker in the aft shower.

On deck

  • Cockpit locker keys are on a float in the chart table.
    Aft port is fenders, boat hook, spare fuel etc
    Starboard is non-sailing ropes,lines, fenders, kedge etc
    Port is sailing ropes, put the wheel covers and table cover in here
  • Lines – use the black lines for bow and stern lines, light gray lines for springs, red multi coloured for breast line
  • Fuel stop cock under bed in aft starboard cabin. Currently off.
  • Engine battery is off, right of the two red switches in aft starboard cabin
  • Windlass and bow thruster also off, they are flick switches on the same panel in aft cabin
  • Windlass only works with engine on, anchor will need lifted out of locker once off the mooring. Windlass controls are in the locker. When lifting the anchor be careful for the last 1m above the water, the swivel may need turned by hand to make the anchor face properly. If done quickly and facing the wrong directly the anchor will bounce vertically over the roller at some speed.
  • Chart plotter lives behind the most forward port seat back cushion in the saloon. Fit at chart table. Remove plotter when not on boat.
  • Instrument covers stow inside the cockpit table. All covers are the same apart from one which fits the pilot instruments ( by starboard wheel), it’s marked inside so you know which is which. The bezel on the top instrument on the mast broke recently so tape the cover on at end of weekend. Tape in the toolbag in port cabin (workshop) through bulkhead in aft heads.
  • Depth is shown as under the keel (keel is 2.3m below waterline)

Engine

  • There’s an air leak in the supply side of the fuel line that I haven’t found that means that it’s losing prime intermittently. The electric fuel pump re-primes fine so give it 10 seconds plus of the key beeping at the on position before starting with the throttle at half forwards. Once running it’s fine, it’s just the fuel supply on initial start up.
  • Off is push the Off button then turn key
  • The bow thruster isn’t vastly useful but you can use it if you want. Switch on at panel in aft cabin then hold both buttons in the panel by the starboard helm
  • Reverse isn’t vastly useful either and takes a while to respond so if urgent give it some welly. The prop pulls hard to port.
  • Doubt you’ll need it but the autopilot is low on hydraulic fluid so is only good for steering a vaguely straight course in a flat calm.

Leaving mooring

  • The mooring strops are a bit short so take some effort to lift off the cleats.
  • The one which doesn’t have the pickup on it has a bit of string, use this to tie to the one with the pickup so they can be lifted together when coming back.
  • The anchor roller edges are quite sharp so you can really pull the strops in unless they are leading straight over the roller as they get stuck on the edges of it.