Learning


Learning

brush up on some of your nautical theory

Through my time teaching it often occurred to me that there was scope for more sailing related material for learning with other than just text in books. So here are some of my additions. I will be looking to build on this with new additions and hopefully one day a book.


Be sure to check back for future updates as more content is in the pipeline.


KNOTS

Learn your knots


BOWLINE


The bowline is a most useful of knots on board. It can be used to tie sheets on to sials, halyards on to sails and the most common daily job of having loops in your dock lines.



Sometimes you can pre tie the loop (for dropping a bowline over  cleat), other times you have to tie the bowline through something (clew of a sail).


FIGURE OF EIGHT


The figure of eight knot is used as a stopper knot on boats.


This means you tie it in the end of most of your sheets and halyards to stop then running out of the deck gear if you were to let go of the rope while using it. This saves have to re-run lines, losing halyards up the mast or having cars run down tracks.


CLOVE HITCH


Hand for using to tie coiled lines onto bars and also fenders ontothe railings or gaurdrails (though I suggest not using the gaurdrails).


ROUND TURN AND 2 HALF HITCHES


Again a great knot for tying fenders on to stantions and bars. Much more secure than the above clove hitch.


Having the round turn on the stantion first also helps to take the weight out of the fender and so make the knot easier to tie.


ALPINE BUTTERFLY


The alpine butterfly I find is great for creating lashings on the sails for instance.



Also I use it for tying physical springs onto the lines when counteracting surge in harbours. The beauty of this knot is it allows forces in all directions and so allows springs to act as a dampner rather than an acutal link.


ROLLING HITCH


Such an underused useful knot on board. 


If you ever have a snag on a headsail winch then grab a smaller bit of line and tie this not towards the pressure. Make it off somewhere else, fix your main rope issue and re-attach to winch then you will be able to ease of your rolling hitch. All without having to let the sail flap!!


WHIPPING


It is important to protect and look after all your ropes onboard and one of the ways to do this is to whip and burn the ends so that they cannot fray and come undone.



This is just a short tutorial on a basic whipping.


COILING A ROPE


Too often done wrong. Practice this and you will always have tidy ropes ready for use.



This will also stop them coming undone and getting all tangled.



Look out for the forthcoming climbers coil 'how to' which I think is a better way to coil most ropes!!

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Some help on how to look after your yacht.



The absolute best thing you can do on your own boat is to keep on top of basic checks to ensure all your parts and systems stay in the best condition possible and do not get tired or worn out resulting in something more serious breaking.


Below you will find a downloadable pdf check list on what parts and systems you should be checking across the different areas of your boat. It is a long list and some jobs take longer than others while some can be done quite quick. While the list is pretty extensive it will not include everything and each boat or person may find extra's that need checked on top of this. The list is based on an average boat but it is pretty universal and can be adapted uniquely to suit your boats needs.


My suggestion would be take a read and have a look at your boat and see what makes sense and what doesn't then get in touch with me and we can arrange a hands on consultation meeting on board your boat to go through everything you need to check, exactly how to do it and what you will need. I will then leave you with a more in depth and unique to your boat yearly maintenance checks complete with 'how to's' so you yourself can continue to look after your boat in a professional manner.

FUN DOWNLOADS

Some useful learnings and fun puzzles.

A downloadable PDF of Yachtmaster level questions.

A fun colouring in picture of boat parts for the younger ones on board.

ONLINE QUIZ TIME

Test your knowledge with some fun quiz time!

HISTORY


A detailed view into past and present jobs.

WHAT THEY SAY


From those who I have taught, skippered or worked alongside.

LEARNING


Brush up on some of that nautical theory and test yourself.

GALLERY


Some snaps from my time afloat and elsewhere in the marine industry


Stuart Cook

+ 44 7925 229729

stuart.cook@mail.com


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