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Untie the Lines and get going.

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  1. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,344 posts, 4,166 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Even though I had spent five days at the boat 4 weeks ago prepping for today, actually checking to assure your ready and the Admiral has breakfast and is ready to leave takes more time then I ever plan.

    1. Do I have an extra alternator belt, darn I used the new one to install the new alternator. Note to self Get Backup Belt.
    2. Fuel, oil, coolant, water strainer- where did all the green junk come from - clean strainer screen. Nice that I installed that Groco quick clean strainer
    3. Damn marina construction. Got to at least hose the boat down
    4. Start Engine. Smile at the new cockpit panel. Vrooommm. That’s nice. Water pump works
    Finally untie the lines. Pretty good. Only an hour behind schedule

    What do you face when you want to “untie the lines”?

  2. uncledom


    Joined Jun 11, 2011
    1,169 posts, 264 likes
    Hunter 41
    US Lewes
    Well your first mistake was telling the admiral the actual cast off time. That could have saved you two hours. :dancing:

  3. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Living aboard is nice, but it takes a lot of work to secure your "house" and everything in it for a day of sailing. I start the evening before, and get the boat ready to cast off first thing in the morning. Hopefully, if we are expecting guests, they will be on time and the boat will be ready. Occasionally , I will head out to a mooring the day before a planned sail. So much easier to just raise the main, drop the pendant, and go.

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  4. DayDreamer41


    Joined Oct 29, 2016
    1,333 posts, 664 likes
    Hunter 41 DS
    Un Port Huron
    When the misses and I travel on the boat, I don't have a set time to leave but I do have a destination and know the miles to cover and we don't sail / motor at night, so the distance traveled has to be within xx miles depending on the daylight duration with lots of allowance time.

  5. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    3,175 posts, 793 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    If I manage to leave within an hour of my announced or anticipated time, I usually feel pretty good about it. (That would not apply to getting to a racing start, however.) As w/DayDreamer41, I back up from when I wish to arrive at destination, then add an hour or so earlier as the depart time. The "problem" with Admirals--they know all that they have to do to get ready, but not all that I have to do; so, there is often an underestimate of the amount of time it takes to cast off the lines, etc.

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  6. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,666 posts, 1,212 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    I usually like to get to the boat before our friends arrive. Usually have to clean off the bird and spider droppings, remove the webs and any lingering pests. Then just remove the sailcover, attach the main halyard, remove the fenders, and unplug the shore power . We sail a reservoir, so it's not an adventure per se unless the weather goes bad.

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  7. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,297 posts, 1,687 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Lake Martin AL
    Dito... but I do like to sail to a cove for an overnight.

  8. JRT


    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,232 posts, 410 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Emergency spider cleaning. Especially after taking the sail cover off the main...

  9. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,297 posts, 1,687 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Lake Martin AL
    Once or twice a season a spray my bimi cover, sail cover and cabin cover with some of this... I also leave mothballs open in a jar inside the cabin when I'm not on the boat. It has really made a difference in the number of creepy crawly things on my boat.


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  10. JRT


    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,232 posts, 410 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    @rgranger just ordered it! We are doing peppermint oil inside as the previous owner did and that seems to help a lot. I tried a variety of home defense products with some success so I'm willing to give this one a go given it is a camping and hunting level product.

  11. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,344 posts, 4,166 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    An’t that the truth.
    I am usually able finesse the departure. Not this time.

    All is good. We’re making good time to our destination. I might pick up a little time in that the tidal current is about to change. Our later departure means for about 7 miles we will have a slack or pushing current. This might just workout.

    Being our first together trip of the year. All is good.

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  12. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    1,237 posts, 683 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Always nice to get away on time, for us that means within an hour of est. time. Did well this morning ( right on the hour mark) and had a relaxed sail to Montague Harbour.

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  13. DArcy - Islay Mist

    DArcy - Islay Mist

    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    368 posts, 316 likes
    C&C 27 MkII
    Ca Ottawa
    After getting the car loaded, pick up some ice and any last minute food/gear, drive to the boat, load and pack the boat, fill the water tank, and get out of the harbour; being within an hour of expected departure isn't too bad. Now, for a day or evening sail, it only takes a few minutes to remove the sail cover and get going.

  14. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    There have been times when our final preparations included turning around after beginning our drive to the club to go see grandchildren after getting a phone call. Seriously.

  15. Captain Larry-DH

    Captain Larry-DH

    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    756 posts, 407 likes
    Quorning Dragonfly 1200
    US home
    If we are planning to travel far the Admiral doesn't like to sail or motor at night, so we will provision the day/evening before and sleep aboard before we head out. If the weather is calm we leave at dawn and have breakfast underway. I have a checklist for getting underway and the reverse checklist for leaving the boat. I usually don't plan a destination other than to assure the Admiral that we'll be at the next port before dark.
    Fixed destinations and rigid schedules don’t mix well with sailing. Maybe I should name my next boat “No Reservations”. :thumbup: Southern New England (home water) has many great destinations within a 12 hour sail in almost every direction, so we usually decide where we’re going next based on the weather forecast.

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