s/v TWIG

Saga 43 - Hull #39

Arrival Checklist

  • Pilot plan: eyeball navigation, tide/current windows
  • Steer downwind, furl head sail.
  • Check for trailing lines, sheets, or dinghy painters (tow line) that could foul the prop.
  • Engine on.
  • Steer head to wind, lower main sail.
  • All sheets taught, center traveler, secure main sheet, tidy lines & sails
  • Discuss plan. Make sure each crew member (especially Reverie) knows their responsibilities.


  • Blow up fenders.
  • Hail marina for dock assignment. (Which side tie? Assistance available/needed?)
  • Docking plan/contingency plan. How and where is the spring line being attached?
  • Place lines & fenders according to dock configuration. Skipper must check and approve.
  • Roll up enclosure.
  • Check to make sure rail objects (BBQ/Outboard/Anchor) won’t hit pilings.
  • Dock the boat.
  • Turn off shore power circuit breaker.
  • Connect shore power cord.
  • Turn on breaker and inverter/charger.


  • Windlass & Winch circuit must be on. The physical “Emergency Off Windlass Switch” on the anchor locker bulkhead must be on.
  • There is a beeping piezo buzzer/alarm that will sound from the anchor locker if battery voltage is low.
  • If supply voltage is below 24v for over 90 seconds the power will turn off. The engine must be turned on to continue.
  • Remove hook/clip from chain.
  • Plug in chain counter and remote into receptacle near base of stanchon on port side foredeck.
  • Test buttons with a quick push down/up.
  • Check tides for depth at low. Minimum 2.4m (8ft) at low when no swell/wake/waves.
  • Lower chain. Mark waypoint where anchor is dropped.
  • Chain is marked every 7-8m (~25 ft). Let out around 4-7x depth at high tide.
  • A single nylon snubber line is attached with two rolling hitches to the chain and cleat off.
  • Add slack to chain
  • Slowly increase engine RPM to 2000 in reverse gear to back down on the anchor. Making sure it is set.
  • Swim ladder down if anyone is swimming.
  • Hoist anchor ball, plug in light into socket within starboard locker at base of mast.
  • Attention: Do NOT swim under the keel when checking the anchor in shallow water.

Engine Shutdown

  1. Close the throttle to slow idle.
  2. Place the gear shift in neutral.
  3. Stop the engine by depressing red stop button on Yanmar panel on SB side of cockpit coaming.
  4. Turn engine panel key to OFF.
  5. Continue running engine blower for 5 min. (or longer) after engine shutdown to cool down engine compartment and eliminate fumes.
  6. If the engine is not to be used again for an extended period, the water intake valve should be closed. Place start key around valve. Turn the engine battery switch to OFF.

Stopped & Secure

  • Open Hatches
  • Center rudder, engage wheel brake
  • Shut off instruments (autopilot, GPS, etc) and cover