1. Prepare each section on A4 sheets
, overlapping each section by a good margin.
Copying your chart on a photocopier (or scanner as you did the exert). It's legal
for your own use.
2. Put each of these in a pouch (water proof plastic A4 pocket) each hanging just inside the door. Add a few felt pens that mark the plastic OK (even wet).
3. On the back of each section right up the diversions that might be useful in fog
damage or just fatigue. Add the notes or sketches that will get you to a safe point.
4. Choose one of them for a meal break or a cat nap and make sure none of the legs are too long should the wind fail or fog
5. Choose two overnight points, one optimistic and one pessimistic AND write on the chart clearly the time you will have to make a decision to continue or go safe.
6. Mark the currents and the time the current
changes using a common high tide datum so the charts are always valid. A day trip for me involves four tide tables. I've commoned then to one so all I need is the one high tide for any day. I mark rising tide current
and direction above a bar, and falling current below it. Easier to use tenths of knots too.
Also a few boat mods
A. Fit a car horn if you have a battery
on board. Fog or emergency
B. Fit a car headlight just in case you end up feeling your way into a strange bay/mooring after dark. If you are single
handing it's likely you drop a torch or two overboard
If you take all the precautions and all goes well you'll have a good trip and gain a lot of satisfaction from knowing you did a good job. Start skimping and have a problem and at best you'll feel daft, even if you never tell us.