Several people have complimented me on the simple folder that I use for filing my passage plans and other handy reference information.
I have used an A4 sized folder that has a black plastic cover and clear plastic sleeves into which I can insert A4 sheets of paper that I have printed from the web or that I have typed as aide memoirs for myself.
The first section is the passage itself with weather, tides, destination and alternative port information and so on. The second section is the fixed section which is reference info. This is particularly helpful and calming for crew who may be feeling anxious or confused about what is going on. Apart from being educational, discussing cloud formations, weather systems, understanding winds speeds and wave heights serves to calm the nerves and provide a healthy distraction if you have inexperienced crew and they are getting anxious or just bored;-)
|Met office weather forecast||BBC web site||Reference section :Beaufort scale|
|Reference section :Symbols||Reference section :Weather theory||Clip in / out sleeves|
|Skysail – guides||Skysail – guides||Skysail – guides|
In addition to my usual inserts – I have now discovered the excellent plastic covered aide memoirs produced by Keith Bater of Skysail Training – for the very reasonable price of Â£16 you can get a full set of guides from Keith and I highly recommend them. See some pictures of what you get by clicking on the thumbnails above.
If you would like a WORD document with my passage plan template please contact me and I will be happy to send you a copy.
I would also appreciate any tips that you may have about how you prepare and write down your passage plans.