sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Check Your Sailboat 'Metal' Insurance Policy for Sailing Safety!
Check Your Sailboat 'Metal' Insurance Policy for Sailing Safety!


Captain John Jamieson

Do you have a sailboat insurance policy? Or for that matter, a boat insurance policy (if you prefer power boating). Either way, you do need a metal insurance policy.

Now, this has nothing to do with precious metals (although this one could be the most valuable metal at one time or the other), like those sold at rates linked to the stock exchange. Not gold or silver--yet more valuable than either.

Indeed, your Metal Insurance Policy (M.I.P.) should be forged of strong steel, able to protect you, your family, spouse, sailing partner or sailing crew. And do all of this in fair or foul weather. You see, this has nothing to do with the typical paper policy. It's much more valuable.

So what constitutes a M.I.P.?

Your anchors. Note the plural use of the word. One does not cut it. Ever. In any case. You need at least two. If you cruise you need at least three. And here's why...

* Fair weather anchorages can turn foul in a heartbeat if the wind or current shifts...

* Or some bonehead boater decides to put down short rode; drags at 0200 in the a.m., snags your hook and breaks it free...

* Or the protective shore you thought offered safe haven becomes a deadly lee shore and you need to buoy and leave your anchor behind for later retrieval...

* Or your anchorage will soon be visited by heavy weather--and you haven't time to get underway and head out to sea.

This article isn't about anchor choices, anchor size matched to boat displacement (plus freeboard and windage aloft), or other considerations. Plenty has been written on those topics.

But the point remains...

Anchors are one of the most overlooked, taken-for-granted, and un-checked pieces of vital sailing gear aboard most boats. Looking doesn't cut it. You need to inspect the anchor, the weak links (shackles and shackle pins) for integrity, and rode and chain for chafe or potential failure.

Each time before you set sail--or cast off. Day sailing, racing, weekend cruising or distant voyaging. No matter the type of sailing you prefer, take the time and effort to do this each time. Every time. Put it onto your pre-sail checklist. Do it now!

Take five minutes to check your anchor gear (collectively known as 'ground tackle'). Make sure the rode stands ready to run out free or kinks and knots. Spot check rope rode for chafe or wear. Light surface wear may not cause failure, but more than that could. If in doubt--change it out. All of it. Swap out your rope rode for peace-of-mind if you find significant chafe or wear. This will give you peace-of-mind anytime you lower the hook.

Check the shackles, shackle pins, and make sure the shackle pins are lashed ('moused') to the shackle body with wire or heavy waxed sailmaker's twine or marline.

Look inside the eyes that attach rope to chain. Do you see worn, corroded, or chipped thimbles (tear-drop shaped sleeves that protect the rope rode from wear)? If so, replace broken, pitted, worn, or missing parts right away.

Use these simple sailing tips when sailing or cruising. Inspect your metal insurance policies before you go sailing to keep you and your sailing crew or partner safe and sound on the waters of the world.

John Jamieson (Captain John) with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at www.skippertips.com.

Sign up for the Free, highly popular weekly 'Captain John's Sailing Tip-of-the-Week'. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, and e-Books!


by John Jamieson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116266

6:21 PM Thu 31 Oct 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





















A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,


























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
















ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial   
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video   
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light   
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT