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Old 02 September 2011, 10:48   #11
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I always keep a log, though it's rudimentary compared to my big ship and sailing days and the events of the day are usually filled in at the end of the day's passage. I record times of departure, significant features on the way and arrival times. Fuel, distance, speed, crew, etc. too.

Also every new relevant weather forecast broadcast from the Coastguard.

I know my usual cruising grounds very well. However, before departure each day I note departure point and intended destination, tide times, weather forecast, and make a note of my general intentions. In unfamiliar waters I go into more detail. This counts as a 'passage plan' which, I understand, is required for anyone going to sea, not just the professionals. Should anything untoward happen during your trip, the passage plan will help put you in good light with any involved authorities. (I hope)

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Old 02 September 2011, 11:11   #12
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Originally Posted by alwilson View Post
When and Why would a boat keep a log book?
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Old 02 September 2011, 12:51   #13
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It gets used a lot on club boats (yachts especially); on boats I've been on it's been a mandatory club requirement, partly for insurance/liability purposes so if anything does go wrong there's an official record. But also if you hand the boat over at the end of your usage with a record of how much fuel you went through and any funny local conditions or problems/breakages on the boat and what you did to fix them etc that's hugely useful to the next crew out.

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