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MAINTENANCE & SAFETY

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WE NEVER STOP LEARNING:

  • Electrical system fault finding 

  • Plumbing repairs and maintenance 

  • Use and maintenance of electric watermakers.

  • Survey of battery charging and monitoring systems. Discussion of alternative power options.

  • Use, cleaning and maintenance of marine heads.

  • Use, maintenance and servicing a marine diesel engine and outboard engine.

  • Spare parts: engine, outboard, electrical, refrigeration watermaker. What you should carry on your boat.

  • Provisioning in foreign ports and stowage of food goods. Meal planning and cooking underway.

  • Locate and practice donning of life jackets. Selecting a safety harness.

  • View liferaft video, practice launching liferaft.

  • Location and inventory of survival packs (3), manual watermaker, EPIRB'S (4), handheld VHF marine and aircraft radios (6).

  • Discussion of equipment list for assembling your own survival packs.

  • Deployment and use of highlifelines vs. deck jacklines.

  • Location and testing of three separate bilge pump systems and bilge high water alarm.

  • Location of thru-hull fittings and attached wooden plugs. Discussion of maintenance.

  • Location and use of emergency tiller.

  • Use and test of propane alarm and solenoid; safe use of stove and oven, and appropriate spares.

  • Location and inventory of Adventure Medical Marine kit. Discussion of prevention and treatment of medical problems common to cruisers in tropical and isolated waters.

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