These simple skills will make your trip go more smoothly, and help them feel confident members of the crew.
How to ‘OXO’ a line onto a cleat.
Round the base of the cleat O
Figure of 8 on the cleat arms X
Once more round the base O
A locking hitch can be added on the boat, but not on the pontoon cleat.
Tie on a fender
Clove hitch onto the top guard wire.
Fenders just above the water for pontoons, high by the toe rail for rafting or to protect against neighbouring boats.
A round turn and two half hitches can also be used but adusting the height takes a little longer.
Tie a Bowline
One of the most useful knots on a boat.
Used when attaching sheets to sails and with mooring lines when you have to share pontoon cleats in places like Yarmouth and Bembridge.
Slip a line
Tie one end on the boat, pass the line round the cleat on the pontoon and tie the other end back on the boat. The line can now be released from onboard.
Try to make sure the end you are going to release is as short as possible. This avoids tangles and get the line back onboard faster.
Manage the Heads
Don’t let your crew put anything down the heads unless they have eaten it first….
….and toilet paper broken into individual sheets.
10 pumps to wash through, then flick the lever over and pump the bowl dry.
Would you like to find out about missing navigation marks, cross Solent swims, hazards to shipping and even when cruise ships and aircraft carriers are coming in and out?
There are two websites where you can get all this and more.
Southampton VTS are responsible for managing the vessel traffic for the waters from the port of Southampton out to Horse Sand and No Mans Land forts in the East, and to Stansore Point / Egypt point in the west.
The Queen’s Harbour Master in Portsmouth manages the waters to the North of a line between Gilkicker Point and Horse Sand fort.