We have been living full time on our yacht since end of August 2016 and sailing since September. In that time we have fitted Tiny Nical with some bits and bobs to make things easier, safer, more comfortable. Obviuously, there have been plenty of unscheduled repairs, tons of cleaning, scrubbing, oiling, varnishing, sealing, screwing.... But here is an overview of what we did on our Bavaria 47 Cruiser Tiny Nical since we moved on to her permanently.
Being newbie sailors and having spent the last 6 months in a marina, we need to recap what we need to do before going out to sail again.
Living in a marina has made us - not lazy, but – homely and comfortable. There are books nicely stacked on the shelves, we have some plants and decorations standing around, the bread section in our galley is stacked high and loosely, dishes are either waiting to be washed on the counter or waiting to be packed away in the rack, toiletries lying around the bathroom, Tiny’s toys are evenly distributed across the floor... This all makes for comfortable living but sailing will be a problem. Soon after leaving the sheltered marina we will be heeling over and everything will literally fly everywhere! So we have to remember to do a few essential things before leaving (and before every sail, effectively).
Here is our Tiny Nical Check List
These are the most important things to remember, for us anyway. Once we start sailing again, we might develop a special pre sail routine, which I will let you know about.
Some people close off all their seacocks. We opt to not close them off, as most of them are in very awkward places and we wouldn’t be able to turn on the engine during a passage. And what we have learned so far is that we do need our engine much more than we hoped for here in the Mediterranean. Lots of sailors call it Motoranean for that matter.
Let us know what you do and who does what on your yacht before you set sail.
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