Log Books record your history

Jack and Jude
Deckee Pro  Posted November 28 2016

Hello all, Best wishes for Christmas 

Something in the last newsletter caught my eye and while doing a bit of sail work I was struck by the old and new in our industry.

I was working on a sail not used since sailing around the world in the 80s, the sail needing four bronze hanks replaced. And after Jude had chased a few lines of worn stitching, I was lashing new hanks on, going back and forth in the old way of cradling the sail with multiple lashings keeping chafe in check.

In the newsletter, Mike had mentioned an electronic log book app, and following the link and I found the write-up fascinating. Works off the phone GPS, I guess, and plots your course and speed, and you can add photos and send the whole creation off to others. What a blast. Might try it myself because I'm both, a Tec-head and traditionalist

Jude on the other hand is devoted to hard bound log books that stand tall in our bookcase reflecting our travels and accomplishments, so I thought I’d illuminate how we do that.

When embarking on the grandest adventure imaginable three decades ago, we started out with store bought log books, which of course proved too expensive, as did everything, so we soon designed our own master and had it photocopied as required around the world, putting them in folder. Until in Sri Lanka, a 300 page volume was printed for a modest price. It records voyages to Japan, the US, Asia, and a bit of the pacific.

But today, we've refined our record keeping, using lined A4 hardback notebooks that are readily available from most newsagents for about $4 or $5. Jude pens in vertical columns on each page and we record cumulative miles, course steered, miles achieved, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, plus any notes we like to make. The right hand page is for comments; anything to do with sail changes, whatever we like. We might draw a little boat showing the sail plan with wind arrows, or draw/record wildlife seen.Sound like a chore? Not a bit. In fact, when the ship’s bell strikes the hour we relish the opportunity to record our passage.

From Jude's Practical Boat Bits and Tips (electronic)  

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Jessica Watson
Posted November 30 2016
Christmas, it's snuck up on us again!

Thanks for sharing, your log book collection must be impressive! What a great way to relive all the adventures when you are land bound. I imagine you've referred back to many notes as well.

Love the drawings as well, slightly better than mine...
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