Vessel Operations Manual

Imagine Version 1.6

November 2016

WARNING: Failing to follow these operational procedures may put you and others in danger. Read all procedures prior to operating the vessel and review the procedures before operating the equipment on the vessel.


Table of contents

Auxiliary Engine Operation

Battery switches

Starting engine

Stopping engine

Refueling

Pumps, water faucets, showers and heads

Bilge pumps

Electric bilge pump operation

Engine compartment electric bilge pump operation

Manual bilge pump operation:

Fresh Water System

Faucets

Switching water tanks

Filling water tanks

How to make hot water

Shower drain pump operation

Head Operation*

Waste Pump Out

Electrical System

220V System

Shore power operation

Anchoring

Anchor Windlass Operation

Chesapeake Bay Thunder Storms and Anchoring

Galley

Refrigerator Operation

Foot operated water pump

Stove and oven operation

Propane Barbecue operation

Small Coleman Propane Bottle Operation

Remove one propane tank and the propane hose from the forward starboard cockpit locker

Switching Propane Bottles for Galley

Sailing and Motoring

Reefing

When to reef

General Reefing procedure

How to Reef the Mainsail

How to Reef the Genoa

Chesapeake Bay Thunder Storms

Electric Winch Operation

Navigation Lights

Safety Gear and Documentation

Navigation

Chart Plotter

Start-up

Basic Navionics app operation

Paper Charts

Dinghy operation

Speedometer Paddle Wheel

Miscellaneous Information

Annapolis Information

Liberty Marina (our marina)

Marsh Harbour Information

Conch Inn Hotel & Marina

Other Useful Phone Numbers

 


Auxiliary Engine Operation

Battery switches

NOTE: The battery switches are ON when in the horizontal position () and OFF when in vertical ().

Port side battery switches (located on forward end of port aft berth under step)

Switch

Function

Position

House (red)

House battery bank

Normally ON

Engine (red)

Port Starting battery

Normally ON

Left (black)

Ground connection

Always ON

Starboard side battery switches (located on forward end of starboard aft berth under step)

 

Switch

Function

Position

Right (red)

Cross connect

Normally OFF. ON will connect to port batteries, use only for starting engine if battery is depleted. Either engine can be started when cross connected. Turn off after engine is running.

Middle (red)

Starboard Starting battery

Normally ON

Left (black)

Ground connection

Always ON

Starting engine

WARNING: Always check oil level in each engine before starting. Refill oil if low.

 

NOTE: If engine does not start, wait 10 seconds and repeat as described above.

 

WARNING: If cooling water is not exiting the exhaust, turn engine off, investigate and correct the problem, then restart engine.

Stopping engine

Refueling

The two Yanmar diesel engines each have a separate fuel tank with their own fuel fills located on the inside portion of the hull transoms. The caps are polished stainless steel and are labelled "Diesel".

WARNING: Add fuel very slowly, the overflow air vent is prone to overflow fuel.


Pumps, water faucets, showers and heads

Bilge pumps

Note: It is recommended to run the bilge pumps for 5-10 minutes once a day

Electric bilge pump operation

WARNING: DO NOT RUN BILGE PUMP DRY for extended periods, THIS WILL DAMAGE THE PUMP.

NOTE: These bilge pumps exit under the cockpit floor

Engine compartment electric bilge pump operation

WARNING: DO NOT RUN BILGE PUMP DRY for extended periods, THIS WILL DAMAGE THE PUMP.

NOTE: These bilge pumps exit on the side of hulls next to engine exhaust

Manual bilge pump operation:

Fresh Water System

Faucets

There are hot/cold water faucets in each head, the galley, and at the port transom. To operate:

WARNING: Hot water can be VERY hot. Ensure that water is not too hot before using. Supervise your children.

NOTE: Water in hot water tank is heated when the starboard engine runs.

Switching water tanks

Imagine is equipped with two 80 gallon water tanks which are full when you start your charter.

If you run out of water in one tank, turn the valve located behind the salon forward seat to the other tank. Run water until air has cleared the lines.

Filling water tanks

The water fill caps are located on the foredeck, one on each side. The caps can be loosened with the key located in the chart table.

How to make hot water

Simply run the starboard engine for a while. How long depends on the outside temperature and when the engine was last run. This will produce about 10 gallons of very hot water. Keep running the engine and it will keep warming the water.

NOTE: Running the engine will also charge the batteries.

WARNING: Hot water may be VERY hot, supervise your children.

Shower drain pump operation


Head Operation

  1. Sit down and do the business
  2. Toilet paper is in cabinet under sink and extra in medicine cabinet
  3. When done: Flick the small lever to the right (empty)
  4. Pump up and down with big handle till bowl is empty
  5. Flick small lever to the left (fill) and pump 18 times with big handle to flush
  6. Flick small lever to right (empty) and pump vigorously till completely empty
  7. Lock large lever in down position

 

NOTE: Do not put anything into the head that you have not already eaten or the toilet paper provided.

Waste Pump Out

The vessel is equipped with a holding tank for each head. The pump-out caps are located on the side deck on each side and is labelled "WASTE", the key to open the cap is located in the chart table.

Many marinas provide pump-out for a minimal fee. 

If you are on the West river or Rhode river you can call the "Honey Dipper" to schedule a pump-out boat, they will come to the boat and do the pump-out. Their number is 410-940-3754. Sometimes they need a couple hours notice so call them as soon as you can.

Liberty Marina provides pump-outs at the fuel dock where you can also fill the water tanks.


Electrical System

220V System

The 220V system consists of 220V outlets in each cabin and two in the salon when connected to shore power.

The outlet at the chart table is active when the 2000W inverter is on. The inverter can be used while underway. Press the orange button so that it lights up to energize the outlet.

The 220V outlets, with the supplied adapters, can be used to charge phones, laptops, and run most electronics. Please check your device to make sure: It should say “Input: 100V-240V” or something to that effect on the charger for the device.

NOTE: The inverter uses electricity from the batteries which must subsequently be re-charged.

Shore power operation

NOTE: If red "REVERSE POLARITY" LED is illuminated, inquire with shore power provider (marina) and have situation corrected.

WARNING: DO NOT SWIM AROUND ANY BOAT THAT IS CONNECTED TO SHORE POWER. 


Anchoring

Imagine carries two anchors: One on the bow anchor roller and one in the port forward hold. Generally one anchor is sufficient, but the additional anchor is available if you need to effect a Bahamian moor or need a different anchor for the bottom conditions.

WARNING: Make sure your anchor is set securely by backing down on it.

Anchor Windlass Operation

NOTE: Port Engine must be running to operate windlass.

NOTE: Each yellow marker on anchor chain indicates 20 feet, use 5:1 scope

The electric windlass is located in the starboard hold amidships along with the anchor rode.

The windlass remote control is located inside the front starboard salon window.

The windlass is intended to raise the anchor and rode, not to move the boat forward by pulling on the anchor. Please have a helper motor the boat forward slowly while you raise the anchor and rode with the windlass.

NOTE: To break the anchor loose, it may be necessary to shorten the anchor line/chain so that it is more or less vertical and then "run over" the anchor with the boat. This can be the case if the anchor has buried itself very deeply.

The windlass circuit breaker is located in the port aft cabin near the battery switches. If the circuit breaker lever is down the circuit breaker has tripped. Press red button and push lever back up. It might be necessary to wait a minute to let the breaker cool down.

There is 100 ft of anchor chain and 100 ft of anchor line.

The bridle can be connected to the anchor chain to center the boat on the anchor and lessen the tendency to “sail” at anchor.

Chesapeake Bay Thunder Storms and Anchoring

The thunderstorms on the Bay occur with regularity and while the thunder and the lightning are impressive it is the sudden increase in wind speed that the sailor should be concerned with: Always be alert to darkening of the sky, change to colder temperatures and approaching thunder. When a thunderstorm hits, the visibility may also decrease drastically due to the rain. Many thunderstorms occur in the evening and at night while you are anchored. 

WARNING: Make sure your anchor is set securely. Make sure you have enough rode out. Be aware of other boats that are close by.

WARNING: Never anchor close to boats on moorings, they swing differently than anchored boats and might make contact with you and your security deposit.


Galley

Refrigerator Operation

There are two cold-plate refrigerators, one top loading and one front loading. The top loading is roomy and very efficient in that cold air stays inside the refrigerator when the door is open, the front loading is just roomy.

Refrigerator operation while under way:

NOTE: Due to the high current draw from the electric winch and the windlass the low voltage alarm on the inverter might sound while operating either the winch or windlass. If this happens, turn off the inverter until done using these.

Refrigerator operation while on shore power:

NOTE: Please don’t switch any other of the breakers in the locker, it will turn off the fridge completely.

NOTE: Items near the cold plate and at the bottom of fridge will get much colder (might even freeze) than if placed up and away from cold plate.

NOTE: Keeping the fridge full and limiting the time the door is open will keep the fridge colder and will use less electricity from the battery.

NOTE: If the refrigerator water circulation pump becomes noisy, or fridge is not cold, clean out the strainer under the starboard mid side sole. At times debris or jellyfish clog the strainer.

Foot operated water pump

There is a foot operated fresh water spigot at the sink in the galley. This spigot is operational even if electrical power is lost.

To operate:

Stove and oven operation

The propane locker is inside the starboard forward cockpit locker.

Propane Barbecue operation

OR

Switching Propane Bottles for Galley

There are two propane tanks on board; one at a time is connected to the stove. If the active tank becomes empty, use the following procedure to switch to the second tank:

WARNING: Extinguish all open flames and avoid creating any kinds of sparks on the boat while performing the propane tank switch.

WARNING: If a propane gas leak is detected, immediately turn the gas off at the bottle in the propane locker in the starboard cockpit locker and check that the propane fitting is seated correctly and that it has been tightened with the wrench. If the leak persists, leave the propane off and do not use it until it can be repaired by a professional technician.


Sailing and Motoring

Reefing

When to reef

WARNING: This is a direct quote from the Lagoon owners manual: "Never have 100% genoa out and 2 or 3 reefs in the main, this may cause the mast to break"

Always reef if you feel it is time to reef. If you feel the boat is going too fast, is over powered or the steering feels ineffective then it is time to reef.

NOTE: It may be prudent to reef before leaving a protected anchorage during high winds. The wind speed out on the water may be considerably higher than in the creek or marina you are leaving. It might be time to reef before hoisting the sails.

NOTE: When going downwind the apparent wind is less than the true wind, be aware of this when changing course from downwind to a reach or upwind. It might be time to reef before turning.

General Reefing procedure

The idea is to reef in a balanced way, reef the main a bit and the foresail a bit, as wind speed increases reef the main and the foresail some more.

The following table is the Lagoon reefing guide by wind speed:

Wind speed (Knots)

Genoa (%)

Main

Notes

0-15

100

100%

16+

100

Reef 1

20+

1st reef (furl past first blue stripe on genoa)

Reef 1

Locate possible sheltered location in case the weather deteriorates further

26+

2nd reef (furl past second blue stripe on genoa)

Reef 2

35+

Furl genoa even more (20%)

Reef 3

Seek sheltered waters

45+

20% or less

Down

Batten down the hatches

How to Reef the Mainsail

  1. First pull topping lift taut
  2. Slack the main halyard
  3. Attach strap at bottom of mast to the reef point ring on the sail
  4. Lower main sail considerably more to allow the reef line to be pulled down to boom
  5. Tighten down the reef line (#1,#2 on starboard side, #3 on port side)
  6. Raise main halyard back up
  7. Release topping lift

NOTE: Reefing the main can be done at any point of sail. When downwind ensure that lazy jack lines do not get fouled up

How to Reef the Genoa in heavy winds

WARNING: Do not crank in genoa furling line with the central cockpit winch

  1. Bear off enough for the mainsail to blanket the genoa
  2. Pull on the furling line, one wrap around the central cockpit winch
  3. Close the furling line clutch

How to Furl the Genoa in Lighter Winds

WARNING: Do not crank in genoa furling line with the central cockpit winch

  1. Have a crew keep the genoa sheets slightly taut and under control
  2. Pull on the furling line, one wrap around the central cockpit winch
  3. Close the furling line clutch

Chesapeake Bay Thunder Storms

The thunderstorms on the Bay occur with regularity and while the thunder and the lightning are impressive it is the sudden increase in wind speed that the sailor should be concerned with: Always be alert to darkening of the sky, a sudden change to colder temperatures and approaching thunder. When a thunderstorm hits the visibility may also decrease drastically due to the rain. If a thunderstorm is approaching, it is prudent to reef before it hits.  Make sure you know where you are and pre select a location to seek shelter.

Electric Winch Operation

Imagine is equipped with an electric winch on the port inner side with two buttons next to the line organizer bag.

The electric winch is handy for raising the main.

WARNING: Be careful that no lines are hung up or battens tangled up in the lazy jack lines.

WARNING: Make sure the sail cover is open all the way.

To operate winch


Navigation Lights

Steaming light

Use this light combination when operating under engine power during darkness or reduced visibility.

Sailing lights

Use this light when operating under sail during darkness or reduced visibility.

Anchor light

NOTE: The anchor light has a very low consumption LED bulb so leaving it on all the time is okay, the light will be on for you when you return to Imagine after dark.

Safety Gear and Documentation

The vessel is equipped with all US Coast Guard required safety equipment

Equipment

Location

Adult and junior Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

Port hold amidships and under forward salon seats

Throwable flotation device

One on port aft rail, 2 additional to be kept in cockpit

Flares

In chart table seat

Flare gun and safety kit with flag and mirror

In chart table seat

Fire extinguishers

One next to steps in salon on starboard side, one in each aft cabins

Horn

In chart table seat

Boat and dinghy registration

In chart table drawer

Oil Pollution Placard

One in each engine compartment

Garbage Placard

Located inside of galley sink locker

Marine Sanitation Device

One in each head/shower compartment

Navigation

Chart Plotter

Start-up

The vessel is equipped with a tablet with built-in GPS running Navionics navigation software.

To operate, please follow the instructions below:

NOTE: Viewing of tablet screen is affected by polarized sun glasses.

WARNING: Please keep tablet out of rain and spray and take it inside and recharge at night.

Basic Navionics app operation

The Navionics app is very easy to operate:

NOTE: Bahamas tidal difference is 2.5 to 3.5 feet, enough to get grounded at low tide when anchoring at high tide.

Paper Charts

Dinghy operation

The inflatable dinghy is equipped with a TWO STROKE outboard motor which requires gasoline mixed with two-stroke oil in a 75:1 ratio. Extra oil is located in cockpit locker and there is a quart container marked for mixing oil for 5 and 6 gallons of fuel.

There are two oars for use in case fuel runs out or of motor trouble.

WARNING: When towing dinghy and when tied to boat at night, attach a backup line to the dinghy to avoid losing dinghy.

WARNING: Be vigilant not to drop dinghy line (or any line) into water when operating main boat engines to avoid lines getting wrapped around propellers. Shorten dinghy line when maneuvering at low speed and when docking.

Speedometer Paddle Wheel

The paddle wheel for measuring the speed through the water is located under the sole under the bed in the port forward cabin. It must be inserted and aligned correctly in order to work. It is a challenge to keep the paddle wheel unfouled, SOG is shown on plotter.

NOTE: Only a small amount of water should enter, but be prepared for a small fountain

Miscellaneous Information

Annapolis Information

Liberty Marina (our marina)

Marsh Harbour Information

See “The Cruising Guide to Abaco Bahamas” by Steve Dodge located onboard Imagine.

Conch Inn Hotel & Marina

Other Useful Phone Numbers

Annapolis Catamaran Charters: 410-941-9463 (Bahamas and US)

Annapolis Water Taxi: (410) 263-0033

Annapolis Harbormaster (for moorings): (410) 263-7973