Sailing starts soon

John Button G8JMB

    Dear Shipmates
    Emerging from Lockdown
It appears that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it's not FL.BLUE...

    From the government announcements it is clear we are starting to emerge from lockdown;  good news to hear that from Monday 29th March 2021, the Government will allow outdoor sports facilities to reopen, broadening the options for outdoor exercise and recreation; formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can restart from Monday 29th March 2021.
   Shipmates can get on the water from this date onwards.  But remain circumspect and do not surrender this hard-won freedom carelessly.

   Things go wrong when not used. So check your boats carefully -   Run your outboard before you go anywhere- is there a flow of cooling water, does it run when you put it in gear, etc?  Mine started 4th pull but died as soon as I  put it in gear.. Cure was srip and clean the carburetter and filter, drain the tank and ditch old fuel. Spare plug and spanner? Spare fuel can?

Check the rigging- all shrouds secure, rigging screws locked, etc.  Pulleys and blocks free, including the masthead sheave? Chainplates OK?  Shackles moused?

Anchor, chain and warp?  including the shackles.

Nothing got taken off the boat and not put back?  Toolkit, bosun's bag, sheets...

Trailer OK - tyres, hitch, rust, lights, numberplate?

If it can go wrong it will.  So don't become a statistic.

Good sailing all - let's hope for good weather and fair winds.

John Button

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