For Pure Latitude to work best, we rely on you treating the boats as your own. This includes applying good seamanship, reporting faults, taking responsibility for any damage and leaving the boat ready for the next member to get on board and enjoy the boat as you have. Please follow the practices below and contact the office if you need assistance.
Securing to a mooring buoy
Additional sailboat care guidance
Unfurl the headsail under control, especially the last 30cm, to ensure the furling line winds cleanly onto the drum. This helps prevent problems when furling away and reduces damage to the furler.
Furl with minimum pressure on the headsail i.e. downwind blanketed by the main. Furl by hand, not using winches. If tight, sweat furling line up at right angles to provide more purchase and feel. The UV protection strip should cover the sail – this requires adequate sheet tension when furling. Always lock both headsail sheets on winches with 1 turn wrapped around the forestay to keep the headsail furled. If they are loose, a strong wind can unfurl and damage the sails.
When reefing a furling headsail, always head downwind; slowly let out the headsail sheet to ease the load on it and simultaneously furl the sail the desired amount using the furling line. Typically there will be 3 dots along the foot of the headsail, marking reefs 1, 2 and 3.
A smooth and swift hoist will minimise flogging and reduce wear. Locate and prepare the sheets and halyard. Open the reef clutches and release the vang. Communicate with your crew and look at the sail whilst hoisting.
If it is hard to raise the mainsail, stop hoisting and check for problems – are the sail sliders/runners jammed? Is the main halyard snagged? Have the sail batons caught in the lazy jacks? Are the reefing lines running freely?
Once hoisted and the correct tension is set, ease the topping lift.
When reefing some boats have only 2 reefing lines which are set for reef 1 and 2. If a 3rd reef is needed, use line 1 – untie the first reefing line, feed the reefing line up through the third reef attachment and back to the boom where you can secure it using a bowline at the proper position for the third reef (not the first reef position). The pull is therefore aft and down, exactly as it is with the other reefs. Remember to move it back to first reef position before leaving the boat.
When packing away attach the main halyard to back of boom when not sailing and ensure the topping lift is tight enough to avoid loading the lazy jacks. Flake main tidily avoiding creases and ensure the head of the sail is under the sail cover. Respect the sail battens when handling the sail and avoid bending them. After reefing, release the lines; and pull them back through to the clew. Similarly, don’t pull the excess at the clew through the clutches and into the cockpit as it the next hoist much harder; stow the excess in the main sail bag.
Don’t apply any excessive weight to the sprayhood as it can’t take it. When folding it down, ensure that no chafing can occur on the metal frame, especially the clear plastic panels, by tucking the cloth between the clear panels and the metal frame.
Using the autohelm
Avoid overloading the autohelm – trim the sails correctly and use appropriately for the conditions.
Still keep a lookout, and stay close in case of a sudden wind change.
Please read the individual instructions on the boat for operating details.
If the helm appears to lock up, it’s almost always the case that the autohelm has been inadvertently set by brushing a button.
Raise the Pure Latitude flag correctly
Please set the Pure Latitude flag or banner when you leave the boat or when you are visiting other marinas.
Use a spinnaker halyard and attach to a suitable point on the foredeck.
Ensure that it can fly cleanly without interfering with the forestay or mast.