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Old 06-12-2007, 18:15   #1
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Sail Logs/Records of Maintenance, etc.

My boyfriend just bought his first sailboat & plans to do a fair amount of off-shore cruising (around the world, actually!) I am thinking about getting him a log book to keep his maintenance records & information better organized. Do you have any suggestions for good log books?? Ideally, the book would be spiral bound, water-proof, and clearly divided into the appropriate sections. I looked into "Boat log & Record" by Marlee somebody but it said that it was designed more for day sailing & not off-shore cruisers. So, if you have other suggestions, I'd appreciate them!! Thanks!!

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If you go to West Marine (or whatever is equivalent is in your part of the world) you'll find they have several choices. They have a maintenance log, a cruising log, a nav log, and a couple more. I don't think they are really waterproof, but a big ziplock bag should be sufficient.

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We started with "The Evergreen Pacific Log Book", but I wouldn't call it gift quality... It is however, nicely organized.

We've since moved to a "Wilson Jones S295-15R" Record Book. It's not specifically a log book but it's a nicely bound 150 page hard bound book of lined, acid free paper. It lets us get real extensive with our narrative... These run about $30 each.

We still use the Evergreen log for maintenance, fuel etc. but we ran out of pages for our regular log.

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A lot of cruisers keep their "log" books on line as blogs.

You can see my modest version using free Sailblogs at the bottom of this post.

One of the aims is to keep family and friends informed.

Sailblogs have premium accounts that might make a nice present.

It has been suggested that a ship's log could be used as evidence against the captain so brevity may be desirable.
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I keep the "cruising log" and the "maintenance log" separate.

The cruising log is basically a journal. There are really nice ones with entries for lat & lon, boat speed and all kinds of details about the sail. I tend to just put a date and a narrative.

We keep a 3 ring binder on the boat with empty and completed maintenance log items. When something is noticed it is logged by the date and what's wrong. Some things get deferred and some things we take care of right away. There is a column for the corrective action.

For maintenance expenses we use quick books pro and have set the boat up as a cash business. All assets - basically the boat and mooring deposit - are listed and then we log anything we purchse for the boat by category - sails & rigging, hull maintenance, interior maintenance, engine maintenance, mooring fees, etc.

The next owner will have a completely detailed log of our upgrades and expenses.
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I keep the "cruising log" and the "maintenance log" separate.
Yup. And he would love a beautifully bound cruising or voyage log, properly named a Ships Log.

Every person who came aboard signed my Mum and Dads Logbook, and I used to shudder with embarrassment. But now I look back on these books after my Dad has passed on 20 years ago, and I see Mum turn the pages and relate each story of friends long ago and a tear in her eye, I realise a Logbook is more than just pages, more than just a checklist of what the engine needs next week, its the history of a living, breathing entity, your boat. Its worth a few extra bucks



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