Bernard Moitessier
A sailor's joys are as simple as a child's.
Sir Francis Drake
It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.
Howard Bloomfield
Cruising has two pleasures. To go out in wider waters from a sheltered place and to go into a sheltered place from wider waters
Robert N. Rose
Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made
Whoopi Goldberg
When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea
Anne Davison
A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit; but a sailor is part of the local scene from the moment he arrives.
R.D. (Pete) Culler
Boats, like whiskey, are all good.
Ernest Hemingway
The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.
Old Norwegian Adage
There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.

CHECK IN - BRIEFING INFORMATION

 

Welcome to Corfu Yachting – It is our aim to ensure you have a relaxed and enjoyable holiday. Please watch this briefing carefully as it contains important information regarding the operation and care of your yacht.

Let’s begin with the yacht’s engine. There is a simple starting procedure.

Firstly, push and hold in the button in the centre of the gear/throttle control whilst moving the lever to a position about halfway forwards. This has disengaged the gearbox (so the propeller will not turn) but opened the throttle a little in preparation for starting.

Move to the engine’s electric panel and use the key to turn on the ignition. You will hear a beeping tone from the alarm system, this is quite normal. Next push the starter button, which is beside the key. You should hear the engine turn and start to run.

Now the motor is running adjust the gear/throttle lever until the engine is running at about 1100 RPM (as seen on the instrument panel’s tachometer) and leave it in this position for a couple of minutes to allow the motor time to warm-up.

This is also a good time to check that the engine’s cooling system is working correctly. Look over the side of the boat at the exhaust outlet. You should see a substantial jet of water coming out. This shows that the sea water used to cool the engine is circulating properly. If, at anytime, an engine alarm sounds or cooling water fails to appear through the exhaust outlet there is a breakdown or blockage in the system. Stop the motor immediately. Running it without proper cooling can cause serious damage.

You are now ready to use the engine.  Pull the control lever back to its central position. There will be a click. This means that the gearbox has re-engaged in the neutral position. If you now move the lever forwards until it clicks the propeller will drive the boat forwards. Move it back to the centre and the engine goes back into neutral. Pull the lever backwards and you engage reverse gear and, of course the boat will begin to move backwards. Pushing further forwards and or backwards applies more throttle and the boat will move more quickly. Try to allow a few seconds gap between engaging forward and reverse gears by keeping the engine in neutral between the movements. This alleviates unnecessary pressure on the motor caused by the propeller rapidly being spun in one direction and then the other.

To turn off the engine, you should first use the stop handle in the electric panel, which you pull and hold out till you hear the motor stop. Once the engine has died push the handle back in and turn off the ignition key.

Many engine starting problems are a result of the stop handle not being pushed back in. Always check this first if the engine fails to start at anytime.

Finally, here are a couple of maintenance checks that will help avoid major problems with your engine: Every second or third day check the engine’s oil level using the dipstick and the level of cooling water header tank, which is situated over the engine itself.

 

Let’s take a look at the sails. Your yacht is equipped with a furling mainsail and genoa. 

To open the genoa it is best to have the wind coming from the side or slightly behind you. This stops the sail flogging.

The furling line, which controls the rolling and unrolling of the genoa, runs from the cockpit to a drum at the bottom of the sail.

To open the genoa, locate the brake that holds the furling line in the cockpit. Open the brake, fully. Takedownwind genoa sheet and put it round a winch and pull. The winch will assist you and the genoa will open.

To close the genoa it is again better to have the wind positively on one side or behind the boat.  Locate the furling line and pull it in whilst easing out the genoa sheet. The two need to be operated together. 

You may find that you need to reduce the amount of sail, or reef, as the wind increases in strength. A good guide is that when the boat begins to become hard to steer you are carrying too much sail.

The same controls just described also enable you to roll away just part of the genoa. Simply start rolling it way and close the furling line brake after you have furled in the required amount of sail.

The mainsail uses a similar system however the mechanics are housed inside the mast. It is always best to open or close the mainsail with the bow of the boat pointing directly into the wind. Even though the sail will flog a little it takes away a lot of the pressure created by the large sail and makes the operation far easier.

Its operation is similar to the genoa. Firstly release both the furling line (which will run through a brake) and the main sheet, to allow the boom to move freely. Now pull in on the outhaul line. Close the brakes and turn the boat away from the wind, secure the mainsheet and the sail will set.

If the system is hard to operate it means that there is a problem somewhere. Do not simply winch harder, you are likely to damage something. Stop and take a look around, often the halyard (used to hoist the sail) has been accidentally released. Re-fasten it and try again.

When furling the mainsail away again point the boat into the wind and release the mainsheet. Using the furling line, gently and smoothly roll the sail away. Most problems in opening the mainsail are caused by rolling it away untidily or under pressure.

Again the furling system also provides a way of reefing the mainsail and is infinitely variable. You will find the right balance of sail size for each wind strength. As a guide err on the side of being under-canvassed and you will find the yacht easier to control and lose very little in speed.

Whenever you are performing sail operations keep one person on the wheel, to hold the boat in the correct position to the wind, check that all rope brakes are in their correct position and that all of the relevant lines are untangled and clear to run.

By the way, the sea cocks can stay open when you are sailing on our yachts.

 

Now let’s take a quick look at the outboard motor you will use to power your dinghy when going ashore. 

Always keep the motor in the vertical position, even when you are putting it onto the dinghy. This avoids fuel leaking. This is an operation that is best undertaken by two people.

To start the motor, firstly open the breather valve on the fuel filler cap. This allows air to been drawn into the fuel tank as the level drops and avoids a vacuum being created that will stop the flow of fuel to the motor. Now open the fuel stop tap (on the side of the motor). Set the throttle control to the start position and open the choke. You can now pull the starter handle. It may take a few pulls to draw enough fuel into the motor. Once the motor has started, close the choke.  To stop the motor push the red stop button and immediately turn off the fuel tap to avoid spillages.

We use reliable two stroke outboard motors that require an oil/gasoline mix. The correct mixture is 98% fuel to 2% oil. One final word about using the dinghy, please do not overload these small craft as they can become unstable and always carry the oars with you even if you intend to use the motor. We suggest that small children should wear lifejackets in dinghies. One final word about the dinghy, we recommend that you bring it back onboard when sailing, rather than towing, as it creates drag and can be easily lost if the wind suddenly rises.

Much of the equipment you need to operate the yacht is stowed in the cockpit lockers. Here you will find mooring lines, kedge anchors, spare diesel canisters and your life raft. Please take a few moments before leaving the dock to familiarize yourselves with the operation and location of the life raft and that you are confident you could launch it in the unlikely event of a sinking.

The gas bottles, for cooking, are also stowed in cockpit lockers. We recommend that you turn off the gas supply at the bottle whenever you leave the boat for any significant period of time.   

 

Now let’s take a look at the boats electrical system: 

The main battery isolator switches look like this. If any piece of equipment fails to work first check that the switches are in the ‘on’ position.  Everything is channeled through the yacht’s main switch and fuse-board. Each facility has its own switch and fuse.

The remote control for your electric anchor winch lives in the fore cabin and can be taken on deck through the fore hatch. It is simple to use: One button lowers the anchor the other raises it. The anchor winch draws a large amount of power from the batteries so always run the yacht’s engine in tick over when using the winch. This ensures that the battery is being re-charged at the same time. Always man-handle the anchor over and back into the yacht to avoid hull damage. Your anchor winch has an automatic cut-out device fitted to save burning out its motor if overloaded. If this trips you will need to re-set it. On our Bavaria yachts this is situated behind the saloon seating, opposite the charter table. On our Jeanneau yachts it is behind the electrical panel.

Your yacht is equipped with both manual and electric bilge pumps. The electric pump uses a float switch that will turn on the pump (as long as it is switched on via the main panel) whenever there is a significant amount of bilge water.

Your yacht is also equipped with an autopilot. It also has its own switch on the main panel. To operate the autopilot, firstly ensure that the yacht is on the correct heading then push the AUTO button on the control panel. TO disengage the pilot, press the STANDBY button. You can also make small course adjustments using the panel’s green and red buttons.

By the steering pedestal you will find the ship’s main instruments. These include a combined depth and speed display plus a wind display. These instruments offer various combinations of information by scrolling through the menus.

 

Let’s move onto your yachts domestic facilities.

The gas stove is simple to operate. However, please ensure that you always close the interior gas shut-off valve, located in one of the cupboards close to the cooker, whenever you are not using the cooker. This lessens the chance of gas leaking. The valve is open when the tap is in-line with the piping like this – and, closed when it is in this position.

The toilet is very easy to use. It has a toggle switch that is either in the ‘flush’ or ‘clean’ position. When it is in the flush position and you pump the handle like this anything in the bowl is sucked out and sent overboard. When it is in the clean position and the handle is operated clean sea water is pumped around the bowl. Use a combination of the two settings to clean your toilet. There are however, a couple of points to remember to avoid unpleasant smells and blockages. Never put any paper or sanitary towels down the toilet, they swell up and block the entire system. And, when pumping the toilet remember that just because the bowl looks clean it doesn’t necessarily mean that all the effluent has left the boat. There is a lot of piping for it to travel through so keep pumping for awhile even after the bowl itself looks clean.

Still in the toilet, and just below the sink, is the switch for the shower pump. This empties the shower water catch tray which is under the flooring of the toilet compartment. Also, inside the cupboard under the sink unit, is the filter for the shower drain, after a week of use it needs to be cleaned.

Please do not pump the ship’s bilges, empty toilets or shower tanks whilst in harbors or anchorages. The Hellenic Coastguard has the right to fine you for these or any actions, such as disposing of garbage over the side, that can be considered to be polluting Greek waters.

 

Let’s move on to some important safety equipment. The lifejackets for your yacht are under the fore cabin berth. There should be one for every member of the crew.  Before leaving the marina please check that everyone in your party knows how to find and fit a life jacket.

There are a number of dry powder fire extinguishers on your yacht. These are simple to use. Pull the pin, press the two levers together and point the jet at the base of the fire.

In the saloon, under the main seating, you will find a red box which contains the rest of your mandatory safety equipment. This includes a first aid kit, distress flares, anchor ball, wire cutters, safety harnesses and tool kit. The Skipper of the yacht should ensure that they and at least one other member of the crew know the location and correct operation of this equipment.

Now, please make sure that you can identify all of the equipment discussed in this briefing on your particular yacht. There are small differences between the position of equipment from model to model and please ask if anything is unclear before you leave the marina. 

Lastly, make sure you have all the correct documents for the yacht. The Coastguard has a right to inspect these and you may be asked to show them in harbors where there is a Port Police office.

We wish you an enjoyable holiday and remind you that we operate a telephone help-line if you need any assistance when you are away from our marina base.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this briefing and Good Sailing!

Corfu Yachting
Office tel.: 0030 2661099470, Mobile available 24hours: 0030 6977492899, home tel.: 2661091450

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