The technique of heaving-to is to tack without releasing the jib sheet. The jib will then fill backwards and push the bow downwind. The main is eased off so it is luffing completely. By putting the rudder hard over to windward, the rudder and backed jib will balance the boat. Continue reading
This past week I was teaching a Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) course in Castlegar. This is a Transport Canada Accredited course for commercial operators.
I was instructing on a 22′ jet boat on the Columbia River outside of town. The Hugh Keenleyside dam is just up the river. We decided to take the opportunity to go through the lock to allow everyone the experience of locking through. Continue reading
In the days before clocks became a common item on board, a vessel would carry a chronometer. It was the duty of one person to strike the ship’s bell to indicate the time and the changes of the watch. 8 bells would signal the end of the watch
The bell strikes would be as follows:
0000 8 bells 1200 8 bells
0030 1 bell 1230 1 bell Continue reading
Recently a couple chartered a Monk 36′ for three days to complete their Basic Powerboat Standard.
It was my first time teaching on a Monk 36′ and I was impressed by the construction and handling of the vessel. This is a single engine trawler equipped with a bow thruster. Continue reading