Sheet In or Sheet Out?

Posted by Director of Education on May 25, 2015 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Crew, Skipper | Comments are off for this article


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Here are some great examples of how you can read the tell-tales and instantly know what to do. Look at each example and decide what you should be doing.

In the examples, click the selection box you think best on the image.

In this example above you are on the starboard side of the boat since the boat is going from left to right. Also, you see the green tell-tale over the top of the red. Red is on port side of the boat. The green tell-tale is on this side of the window and on the starboard side of the boat. And one more observation is required and that is that the genoa is on the other side of the mast and thus on the port side of the boat.

Given all the deductions from above, the wind must be coming from your right hand and flowing into the computer screen to the left. The green tell-tale is being starved of air whilst you can see the red has plenty as it is flowing smoothly. This means there is turbulent air on the starboard side of the boat.

If you sheet in (tighten up the sails by pulling on the post side working jib sheet) slightly this will allow the incident wind to flow more smoothly on the this side of the sail. The green tell-tale will then start flying backwards smoothly. We show this concept of smooth vs turbulent airflow using moving arrows inside our FREE Basic Sail Trim Course.

i.e. in the above – Sheet in!

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Here are some more examples to test your knowledge.

So what do you think? Are you ready to take our FREE Basic Sail Trim Course now?

Go there now – what the heck – throw caution, timidity and fear to the wind!

 

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Head Up or Bear Away?

Posted by Director of Education on May 24, 2015 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Crew, Skipper | Comments are off for this article


If you like what we have done here, please LIKE it on facebook – thanks it really helps us grow. While you are at it please follow/LIKE our facebook page over there ——> we post fun cool stuff.

Here are some great examples of how you can read the tell-tales and instantly know what to do. Look at each example and decide what you should be doing.

In the examples, click the selection box you think best on the image.

In this example above you are on the port side of the boat since the boat is going from right to left. Also, you see the red tell-tale over the top of the green. Red is on port side of the boat. The green tell-tale is on the other side of the window and the starboard side of the boat. And one more observation is required and that is that the genoa is on the other side of the mast and thus on the starboard side of the boat.

Given all the deductions from above, the wind must be coming from your left hand and flowing into the computer screen to the right. The green tell-tale is being starved of air whilst you can see the red has plenty as it is flowing smoothly. This means there is turbulent air on the starboard side of the boat.

If you turn the boat into the wind slightly this will allow the incident wind to flow more smoothly on the other side of the sail. The green tell-tale will then start flying backwards smoothly. We show this concept of smooth vs turbulent airflow using moving arrows inside our FREE Basic Sail Trim Course.

i.e. in the above – HEAD UP!

If you are struggling with this  - simply take our FREE Basic Sail Trim course. It will make you more knowledgeable than most sailors out there.

FREE Basic Sail Trim Course

FREE Basic Sail Trim Course

or get it on iPad ($a buck .99)

 

Here are some more examples to test your knowledge.

So what do you think? Are you ready to take our FREE Basic Sail Trim Course now?

Go there now – what the heck – throw caution, timidity and fear to the wind!

 

FREE GUIDE:  Learn how to gain a sailing certification with NauticEd
 

Drone Tour of Road Town Harbour BVI

Posted by Director of Education on May 19, 2015 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Crew, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

Here is something pretty cool that we found. It’s Rick Moore’s drone tour of the Road Town Harbour in the BVI

We know a lot of you go to the BVI to charter because of the enormous sales of our BVI Fast Check Out Chart Briefing Course.

If you are thinking about going to the BVI, contact us we offer no cost consulting and reservations on which company to use and when are the best times to go.

Check out out BVI Fast Check Out Chart Briefing Course which is accepted by most yacht charter companies as an alternative to the sit down time consuming chart briefing prior to leaving the dock. The advantage of this briefing is also that you have all the information with you during your trip. Available online and in PDF and iPad formats.

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The BVI Fast Check Out Chart Briefing is accepted by most yacht charter companies.

BVI Chart Briefing

The BVI Chart Briefing is available also in iPad format

Snap Test: Who gives way?

Posted by Director of Education on May 18, 2015 under Bareboat Charter, Coastal Navigation, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper | Comments are off for this article



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Know the Official Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea

Tap on the answer you think is best in the image below.

So here’s the deal – if you got it wrong or hesitated,  you should complete our FREE NauticEd Navigation Rules Course.

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You’re out there all the time. You look under the sail and you see this scenario above. You’ve got to know what to do instantly. If you make the wrong decision, you could cause a collision with serious damage, injury or death. And it would be your fault because you didn’t take the time to learn and know the rules.  I feel like I can give you a hard time here, because the course is absolutely FREE. We made it FREE because the rules are that important. I’ve seen and I bet you’ve seen too many bozos out there.

Take the FREE NauticEd Navigation Rules Course now for FREE. Did we say FREE?

If you have an iOS device then download our FREE NauticEd App and take this course here for FREE off-line when you are waiting in the doctor’s office or stuck on an airplane.

 

Why not take the test every 6 months or so just to stay current?

We even have a paper book that you can order from Amazon to keep on your boat.

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How to ferry your boat into the dock

Posted by Director of Education on May 17, 2015 under Bareboat Charter, Crew, Maneuvering Under Power, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

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Another Maneuvering technique for your bag of tricks.

This is a great trick we learned in the Bahamas last week when doing our ICC license with Mark Thompson from Yachting Education. Mark has been instructing students for 30 years and has an enormous bag of tricks to teach. This one was cool. South of the dock was a shallow area and so we could not drive up to the dock in a normal fashion. Instead we “ferryed” the boat across the wind.

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This is just the one of the many tricks we have put into our Maneuvering and Docking a Sailboat Under Power Course.

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The Maneuvering under power course is a required course to gain the Skipper Rank.

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Posted on our facebook page  NauticEd – Online sailing courses on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 

Master of the Vessel vs Crew

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Here is an excellent question from a student with our answer. It is in regards to entering Master of the vessel time into his NauticEd online sailing logbook.

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My name is Ben , and I am a NauticEd Member. I am quite fond of the program and think it is a wonderful tool for new sailors like me.

I do have one suggestion regarding the NauticEd Logbook however. Currently, you can only enter experience as master of the vessel or as crew. In my situation, I often find myself standing solo watches while sailing; while not master of the vessel, I am acting in a greater capacity than simple crew. I would suggest that you add a “watchstander” option for your logbook system so that sailors like me who aren’t often the final authority on board, but are acting in that capacity for 4 hours or more.

Thanks for your time, and keep up the good work.

Ben C
NauticEd Member

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Our reply

Ben thanks for your excellent suggestion. I get what you are saying – there is a level of responsibility in Watchleader.

We’d have to think about how to incorporate this level of granularity into our online sailing logbook. In regards to the capacity of crew however it is worth still a full day so long as there is sufficient master time to match. e.g. if you have 10 days as master then you can earn all 10 crew days (if logged) towards level promotion. The only time crew days don’t really count is when there is a gross imbalance.

When working with charter companies they were very insistent on master of the vessel time and how important that was. We did put some provisions in there for instructor supervised time to short cut to level 1.

We’ll keep thinking as we always work to improve the whole concept. We also allow students to use seamanship discretion when deciding who was master of the vessel. e.g. when a student goes out with a friend and asks the friend that he needs master time – he can ask his friend “can he be designated today as master?” That kind of thing counts I believe and is valuable time.

Thanks

Grant

How to Gain a Sailing Certification

Posted by Director of Education on May 13, 2015 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Crew, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

I’ve just finished writing an eBook on How to Gain a Sailing Certification

The information comes from years of knowledge working with and interviewing yacht charter companies. The eBook is free to download.

Click on the image to download the eBook now.

How to Gain a Sailing Certification

How to Gain a Sailing Certification

The 5 most important questions answered

  • What is the difference between a sailing certification and a sailing resume?
  • How can I document my experience?
  • How do I sail in international waters, what is an ICC?
  • What will a yacht charter company accept and what will they turn away?
  • How can I get experience if I don’t own a boat?

Mast head light confusion

Posted by Director of Education on April 20, 2015 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Coastal Navigation, Crew, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

Here is a question from a Student who posted it on Disqus. I felt it was important enough to post out here for public. Displaying correct lights on boats is important.

QUESTION:

Could you please provide more of an explanation for the following:
Although ‘steaming light’ is used extensively, this does not have a definition within the IRPCS [International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea], the correct definition being a masthead light.

If the tri-colour light can replace the stern and red/green pulpit light on a sailboat how can it be unacceptable to use the tri-colour light with mast head light? If you are under power you of course need your steaming light/ mast head light illuminated. So if you don’t have pulpit or stern lights aboard as you are using a tri colour light how can you do this?

MY ANSWER:

Agreed – lights can be confusing at the onset. In this particular topic, sailors tend to get confused because they think  a mast is only on a sailboat. But, a mast head light is also used (and defined for use) on power boats. Take a look at this image shown in the rules. It shows a power driven vessel longer than 50 meters using two mast head lights.

A large Power vessel displaying two mast head lights.

A large Power vessel displaying two mast head lights.

Here is the definition of a mast head light in the rules:

(a) “Masthead light” means a white light placed over the fore and aft centerline of the vessel showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 225 degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on either side of the vessel.

Note also that is does not say the light must be at the top of the mast.

For sailboats, a tricolored light is a light described by rule 25(b) in USCG Nav Rules. It is at or near the top of the mast and is for sailing vessels less than 20 meters in length. It is an optional alternative to having the lights down on the hull or pulpits. It faces a white light to the aft 135 degrees plus red from directly forward around to port 112.5 degrees and a green light directly forward and around to starboard 112.5 degrees. This makes up 360 degrees and meets the requirement for a sailboat sailing. When the sailboat turns on it’s engines it must also in addition to the white, red and green above, display a white light 225 degrees facing forward. You can name this light what ever you like but it must exist. These white “mast head” lights are also defined by the distance they must be seen by – it does not mean they have to be at the top of the mast. On power vessels they are typically at the top of the mast because that is what the mast is for.

Here is a sailing vessel under sail only with a tricolored light

 

Tri-colored lights on a sailboat

Tri-colored lights on a sailboat

 

On a sailboat less than 50 meters in length, a mast head light (white under power light) can by just “up the mast” anywhere. It’s not part of the tri color. It is white and faces forward 225 degrees and is to be used when the sailboat is under power. You also might be confusing the term mast head light with the two all around red and green lights at the top of the mast. These are not mast head lights. They can be used in addition to the hull or pulpit mounted red green and white. The rules prevent a top of the mast tricolored light AND the two all around red and green at the top of the mast. This would create confusion and may be your source of confusion. i.e it is unacceptable to use the tricolored and two all around red and green lights. Again the mast head is white 225 deg forward facing to be used under power only.

Here is a vessel with the two all around red and green lights.

The Vessel sailing "on starboard" is utilizing the optional two all around red and green lights.

The Vessel sailing “on starboard” is utilizing the optional two all around red and green lights.

Here are the rules as stated:
Rule 25 – Sailing Vessels Underway and Vessels Under Oars

(a) A sailing vessel underway shall exhibit:

(i) sidelights;
(ii) a stern light

(b) In a sailing vessel of less than 20 meters in length, the lights prescribed in Rule 25(a) may be combined in one lantern carried at or near the top of the mast where it can best be seen. [note this is the tricolored light]

(c) A sailing vessel underway may, in addition to the lights prescribed in Rule 25(a), exhibit at or near the top of the mast, where they can best be seen, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower green, but these lights shall not be exhibited in conjunction with the combined lantern permitted by Rule 25(b).

I hope that helps.

I highly recommend that you complete our Navigation Rules Course. It is free for everyone.

International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea FREE Course

International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea FREE Sailing Course

We also have a Paper Book that you should order and keep on your boat for reference.

The book is a stand alone excellent explanation of the Rules of the Nautical road and is a good and quick easy read. It has additional really cool features. Through out the book you will see QR Codes. When you scan any QR code with your mobile device, the book element comes alive and shows you animations and videos.

 

To get a QR Reader - 

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Sailing in Thailand – Day 3

Posted by Director of Education on April 11, 2015 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Coastal Navigation, Crew, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

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This is the continuing NauticEd Staff and friends Thailand Sailing trip with The Moorings on a Catamaran 4600.

Last night we slept anchored up next to the beautiful Rai Leh beach which was an excellent stop.

Our Anchorage at Rai Leh beach

Our Anchorage at Rai Leh beach

This morning we set sail (actually motored because there was no wind) south in search of a good snorkeling spot on the way to Ko Phi Phi.

Note that I am taking these chart pics off the Navionics Asia App which we used exclusively through out the trip. We did not use the onboard Chart Plotter. The iPad app is so much friendlier.

 

South From Rai Leh Beach to Ko Phi Phi

South From Rai Leh Beach to Ko Phi Phi

 

First stop was Ko Dam Khwang. On the way is Koh Dam Hok with its unique chicken head rock

Ko Dam Hok Chicken Head rock

Ko Dam Hok Chicken Head rock

We stopped on the north side where other tourists were also snorkeling. Actually compared to our next stop at Ko Mai Phai it wasn’t that great just to be honest. A few of us got nailed by jelly fish and the tide stream was flowing pretty hard so we elected to move on in search of the perfect snorkeling spot.  But we did have some fun in the dinghy. Notice the expert foot steering whilst I held the GoPro.

Fun snorkeling with the dinghy

Fun snorkeling with the dinghy

But just before we left Koh Dam Khwang we went off the back of the boat with a few pieces of bread. Awesome colored fish were everywhere.

 

Fish at Ko Dam Khwang

Fish at Ko Dam Khwang

Next stop was Ko Mai Phai where the ultimate reward was awaiting us. We anchored in the sand so as not to damage the reef and swam to the reef. The snorkeling was spectacular with Sea Anemones complete with Clown fish and clams, fish

Ko Mai Phai Snorkeling

Ko Mai Phai Snorkeling Was Awesome

The snorkeling was spectacular with Sea Anemones complete with Clown fish,   clams and tons of fish.

Posted Day 3 of our sailing trip to Thailand at http://www.nauticed.org/sailing-blog/sailing-in-thailand-day-3/

Posted by NauticEd – Online sailing courses on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Clown Fish Nemo and dad Marlin

Clown Fish Nemo and dad Marlin

Back on the boat and the wind started to build. Wow – yah finally. Hoist up the John B’s sails (Beach Boys)!

We set sail on a close haul for Ko Phi Phi but we were enjoying the sailing so much we purposefully overshot the island by 5 miles just for fun. We tacked over and did a nice reach onto the southern bay of Ko Phi Phi. We motored right up to the water dock in about the position marked. Water tank fill up was 1500 bhat (kinda expensive $us40) but it was well worth it. The girls were starting to complain (not really).

Ko-Phi-Phi

Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is a very alive town with tons of tourists (tons). But with that goes lots of good thai food and lots of night life.

Returning back to the yacht, again we experienced the large tides. We had left the dinghy high and dry on the beach with the fore thought to tie it carefully to the rock wall. When we returned later it was happily floating in 2 feet of water. Thanks to our handy tide app we knew at all times what was happening tide wise.

We had to anchor out quite a way because of all the yachts in the bay. 15 meters would mean a little over 3 scope on the all chain  anchor. I checked our pocketGRIB wind App and saw no wind coming over night so anchoring deep wasn’t a concern and by now we were pretty confident that the Bruce anchor was holding very well in mud.

That’s it for Day 3

Day 2

Day 1

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Blue Water Sailing Opportunities

Posted by Director of Education on April 5, 2015 under Bareboat Charter, Coastal Navigation, Crew, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

“All hand’s on deck for blue water sailing”

Over the next two months Yachting Education have 3 offshore Sailing opportunities between Bahamas, Ft Lauderdale & Annapolis.

Here are the some brief details;

 1. May 18-23 Marsh Harbor to Ft Lauderdale via “Atlantis”

On board Sunday night 17th for sunset cocktails and am departure. Voyage will head south from Abaco Isands, overnight ocean passage to Eleuthera and a visit to Spanish Wells. Nassau & Atlantis on Paradise Island for a round or two at the casino or a visit to the waterpark & aquarium are must sees. Berry islands on our port heading to Bimini to clear customs & immigration then our second overnight passage will have us crossing the Gulf stream and arriving in Ft Lauderdale early afternoon on Friday 22nd.  $2250 per person ( max 5 students )

2. May 25 to June 1st

Depart Marsh Harbour to Annapolis MD USA. Eight (8) Day Ocean sailing delivery opportunity. Bring your sense of adventure, sea legs and fishing gear as we head north to USA. We will be at sea for at least 4 days so for those considering a life of cruising, this is a GREAT way to safely taste the ocean life.  $2500 per person ( max 5 students )

3. June 6-14

Depart Ft Lauderdale to Annapolis MD. Nine (9) days onboard combining Offshore passages along Florida, Georgia & Carolina coasts before traversing the ICW from Beaufort NC to Hampton VA then up the Chesapeake to Annapolis MD. A fabulous diversity of navigational challenges, port entry planning and scenic beauty….oh and bring your fishing tackle!

$2500 per person ( max 5 students )

A single berth premium is available upon request

Voyage lengths will vary however students looking for offshore blue water sailing experience will benefit from these unique mile-building voyages. Students will have the potential to gain NauticEd & RYA coastal skipper certifications, including ICC endorsement.

All passages are under supervision of RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Yachting Education Principal instructor Mark Thompson.

Trip includes all meals, snacks and soft beverages, shared accommodations, linens, towels, safety equipment and course materials. Students will be required to participate in all aspects of the day to day running of the yacht, including meal preparation, navigation, stand day and night watches, and be suitably experienced and qualified to undertake such a voyage.

This will not be suitable for beginner sailors or sailors not familiar with or able to undertake offshore conditions. Dates, vessel and voyage particulars are subject to change.

Places are very limited so book online at www.yachtingeducation.com or email for further details.

Have a sensational day!

Mark Thompson
mark@yachtingeducation.com
Principal
Yachting Education LLC

(803) 280 0881