Video Sailing Guide Part 2: Inside The Yacht

Ex-Olympic yachtsman and principle coach at Parkstone Yacht Club, Hugh Styles gives advice on how to prepare the inside of your yacht before taking to the water.

Video Sailing Guide Part 2 - Inside The Yacht Transcript

We're here in the engine compartment, making sure that we've had a good service on the engine over the winter.

From the top of the engine we're looking at the air intake, making sure we change the oil filters, check the oil level in the engine and then in the gear box.

Need to look at the drive shaft - make sure that's connected and secure into the bottom of the boat and that the propellers nicely lubricated and fitted into the drive shaft.

We then have the linkages that we just need to double-check through, the exhaust fume conduit throughout the back of the boat, the fuel line into the engine and then the control linkages through to the throttle and by the driving position up on deck.

Following on from the engine compartment, we're now into looking at the battery connections - from engine to battery. Obviously very important to make sure they're clean, well serviced, the level of acid in the battery - important that we can then make sure that that's up to the required level, and also that we have a good charge on the battery before we first go on the water.

Moving forwards - we then have the compartment with the fuel tank and then there's a fuel filter down here.

Further up into the fuel tank we have the sensor for the depth of fuel in the tank, and also the earthing to make sure we don't have any static electricity issues.

And over into the port side of the boat we have the water tank which is quite a good volume in this boat. Obviously if we're doing off-shore passages we need to make sure this is all well sterilised and disinfected before going away. Then we have a little sensor on here to measure the level of water inside the tank as well.

Now we're sat at the navigation area where we need to double-check all of our instrumentation - and that's everything from navigation lights to instrumentation that we use up on deck - depth, speed, compass, etc.

Then back to the table we've got a VHF radio for all our communications, some boats also have a normal stereo radio and we need to double-check into our GPS and then have that all backed-up with paper charts so we know the exits and entrances to all the harbours we will be using.

That all depends on tidal information and our Reeds Nautical Almanac is the way we know all the tidal information for each harbour we go to and also for the year - each day during the year so we know what times are the tide and the heights of the tide as well.

The final safety feature which we need to focus on is the gas - we obviously have gas for the stove and some boats have gas for a little heater. The gas cylinder needs to be outside in a self-draining locker so there's no chance of any infiltration of gas inside the boat.

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