A quick and easy way to tie your boat to a Bull Rail
This is a quick and easy way to tie a boat to a dock that has a Bull Rail. This was passed on last week by a friend.
Some docks only have a Bull Rail so being able to properly and safely tie a boat to a dock that has a Bull Rail is an important skill to have.
This method uses a loop of the dock line passed around the Bull Rail and back to a cleat on the boat. This quick release method lets the crew stay on the boat when they release the boat from the Bull Rail.
In January of this year I received the following message from Taylor Adams at Esquire Magazine.
Message: Hello, I’m one of the people at Esquire magazine responsible for the research that goes into our Big Black Book supplement, which this upcoming summer will have a feature on boating etiquette for the uninitiated as well as another concerning hosting for vessel owners. I’ve very much enjoyed the tone and quality of the information on this site, especially in the Boating Etiquette section, and I was wondering if you’d be available to speak with me as an expert on these issues due to your boating experience
Using Quick Rope Whipping to mark a halyard for quick and easy adjusting.
Many people put adjusting marks on their halyards or other control lines to help with sail trim by making it quick and easy to repeat settings they have found to work with given conditions in the past. A big black magic marker is a common method to apply the marks. The black mark looks tacky and fade after a while making it difficult to see where to adjust the halyard or line. If a line stretches or a different sail used the adjusting marks may be in the wrong position. I use my Quick Rope Whipping to mark my halyards. The whipping only takes a few minutes to apply and different colors may be used for different sails, and the Rope Whipping can be moved if the setting changes.
Personal Boating Safety Equipment
What safety equipment should I have on me when I am boating or what safety equipment should I add to my lifejacket is a common question ask at boating safety events.
Here is the safety equipment that I and other people I know use. I will start with the required equipment when a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member is out on patrol and then cover equipment that is commonly added to the minimum equipment list.
Lifejacket: Orange lifejacket with SOLAS reflective tape. Ok, I know, getting your crew into bright orange lifejackets with big pieces of silver reflective tape on it is a bit of a hard sell for most recreational boaters. However many inflatable lifejackets have an outer cover that is more stylish and the orange bladder only shows on inflation. For recreation boaters having your crew wear a lifejacket no matter what color it is is good. In Washington State children 12 years old and younger must wear a USCG approved lifejacket at all times when underway in a vessel under 19 feet long unless they are in a fully enclosed area. Many parents have their children put on a lifejacket as soon as they get to the marina and go onto the dock and boat. Many people also put their pets in lifejackets.
Bedding Deck Hardware
Bedding deck hardware is something that all boat owners need to do sooner or later. Either because of leaks, new hardware or maintenance of existing hardware. Recently I found an article that shows how the author and several boat manufactures use Butyl Tape for bedding deck fittings.
First I would like to cover some common errors I and others have found on boats and offer a few tips that we have found that help make a better and longer lasting bedding job.
Here are a few links to help the students in the Mountaineers Spring Sailing Crew Class that I helped teach.
These links are also good starting point for any recreational boater.
Links are provided to Nav. Problems, handouts, additional information on charts, PowerPoint presentations and additional practice problems and resources for recreational boaters.