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Old 29-08-2018, 01:54   #31
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Re: Do you use a Captainís Log??

Hard cover A4 books.... handwritten.

I get about a week to a page.... start with 'day opens fine and dandy'.... a few lines on the day's weather and activity.. then close the day with 'plum duff for tea' or whatever...

Finished off with day's run, TD, DTG, Engine hours etc. ( on passage that info is entered at 1200...)

I only use the right hand page for the daily log....

On the left hand page I note things like 'topped engine oil - 1 litre', 'changed gas, 32 days', 'changed impeller' 'won at Uno'... important stuff is then easy to find....
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. How many people run duplicate nav plotters with separate power supply?
I do. Triplicate GPS/plotter systems, each with its own power supply.

Really can't bring myself to keeping a log anymore. It's too burdensome.
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I do. Triplicate GPS/plotter systems, each with its own power supply.

Really can't bring myself to keeping a log anymore. It's too burdensome.
I also have three independent systems with isolated power sources. Though these days one of those is really easy - it's my phone! But I also have two independent chart plotters on independent banks (not just house) and many sources of independent charging (wind, solar, engine, genset, shore).

Having said that, there is something special about sitting at the chart table, contemplating your day/watch, and making thoughtful, introspective notes. And doing regular updates into the log during a passage, including marking your location on paper charts, not only gives you a larger sense of how much distance you have covered, but also causes you to pull your eyes away from the narrow view of the chart plotter screen and look at the larger paper charts - sometimes you discover little surprises that you just didn't find on the LCD screen...
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I use a log for trips Write every day . Day sails never ! In the back of the log I write maintance. Oil changes , new bilge pumps , filter changes Any repair item.
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My opening narrative for each episode, I say "Captain's Log, Stardate blah blah blah..."
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In 9 years of sailing I used the logs to ďproveĒ how long my dog had been on board for a vet in French Polynesia,

I'm curious about this piece of proof. How does this help? Does the dog avoid being quarantined if they've been on the boat for a period of time? Sorry if this is off topic.
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I'm no sea lawyer but having served in the navy keeping navigation logs we were always told that for this to be a legal document the person filling out the document should either sign or initial after the entry and it must be in either black or blue ink. Just food for thought. I also found this post regarding a log being a legal documents.


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I'm no sea lawyer but having served in the navy keeping navigation logs we were always told that for this to be a legal document the person filling out the document should either sign or initial after the entry and it must be in either black or blue ink. Just food for thought. I also found this post regarding a log being a legal documents.


https://www.skippertips.com/public/1707.cfm
Nah, any document can be used as evidence in a court. However hand written - where an expert can verify the identity of the writer, in a bound book - where it is difficult to replace the pages in an un-detectable manner, lined and pre-numbered pages - again difficult to replace pages in an un-detectable manner. Has much more credibility than any typewritten, loose leaf document.

The ink colour is probably not as important as it being ink of an legible colour.

Having each member of the crew on a small vessel with informal procedures write their own name into the log as part of the departure routine if they are going to be making log entries as both a record of vessel manning and hand writing sample is probably sufficient on a small pleasure vessel.

In twenty years of cruising I have used my hand written log about four times as a record of incident or proof of location and on each occasion found it gave me far more credibility in stating my case persuasively than would have been otherwise. One of the incidents had fairly significant financial implications.
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