Engine Maintenance Record

I was playing around with a maintenance record and it was very clumsy so I came up with this. Its an excel file and it allows you to record when you last serviced an item and then tells you when its due! The sheets protected, but feel free to change it up as you need it, the password is ‘servicinglog’ Mine was designed to keep track of maintenance on my Auxilary 2hp. Yanmar 2GM Diesel Engine and Webasto Thermotop C…

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Battery System’s

So I have been thinking a lot about the battery system onboard my classic yacht. There are so many different options! However, I have settled on a plan, and I hope it might come in useful to someone else out there! So here it is and some of the choices I have made I am hoping to clarify!   Also available as a PDF! ┬áMY LADY Battery:Charging Diagram THE BATTERIES The Domestic Bank, which is made up of two 110ah…

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What to check on your engine

Scheduled checks are recommended by all manufacturers and they are usually hidden deep within some manual somewhere. Not many understand the going on in our engine rooms but there are some important checks which can save your time and money. Daily Checks A great acronym is WOBBLE. Water Oil Batteries Belts Look Exhaust. Lets Go! W. Water – most engines have two types of water in them. The first is the raw water intake. This is an intake from the…

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Masters Standing Orders

Some Suggested Masters Standing Orders   All Officers are to comply with the provisions of MGN 315 ‘Keeping a Safe Navigational Watch’ Unless I have formally taken charge of the watch, you are my appointed my deputy and are responsible for the safety of the ship, her cargo and all the persons on board. There may be times when you feel that your experience does not amply cover the current situation, or one which is developing. Remember, I may be…

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Master 200

So taking you Master 200 is a great step for many budding professionals who are becoming stuck against a glass ceiling with their RYA qualifications. So what’s the driving force behind the move? Well the driving force behind the move must be the perceived erosion of the standard of newly qualified yacht masters and the apparent reliance on electronic navigation. I believe that this is probably true in part but is mainly due to the increasing numbers of qualified Yacht…

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