Logbooks have been around since the beginning of time. Originally used for navigation by sailors, years proved that they were an essential part of the boating experience. Nowadays, boat owners and their crews are quite clear on the importance of observation and note taking when out on the water. Though many stick to blank books to fill in their information, it’s quite usual to guide yourself with an app or book that has specific sections to fill out. Simply because there is so much to consider when out there on the water.
What do we mean? For starters, you’ll want to keep track of the important boating data:
- Running costs such as fuel, marina fees, license fees, servicing, repairs, etc.
- Information on auxiliary equipment such as radios, radars, and serial numbers
- Speeds, heading, distances, wind direction and strength, etc.
The above will assure that you won’t have any tedious issues on a beautiful Saturday morning that you’ve planned with your family. Hmm, are the batteries charged? You’ll actually be able to answer that with this feature.
In addition, you’ll want to get the memorable moments:
- Did you find a new spot? How high were the waves? How hard was it to park? Did you have any inconveniences that you could avoid next time?
- Take note of your crew: What worked? What didn’t? What waypoints should you remember? What course did you take?
- Would you do it differently next time? Or want to make sure you repeat ‘as is’?
Observation is key to making experience the best that they can be but once you’re off the boat, memories start to fade. Logbooks let you get the important stuff down while you are there so that you can review and prepare before your next trip, allowing each experience to be optimal for you and your crew.