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Engine        2

Engine, Location/Access, Steering, Ignition/Start, Throttle, Shifting, Pre-Start Checklist, Engine Starting, Stop Engine

Electrical        3

AC Electrical Panel, DC Electrical Panel, 3-Way Battery Switch, Battery Charging, Battery Monitoring

Electronics        3

GPS/Chartplotter & Navigation Instruments

Sails        3

Headsail, Mainsail

Tankage        4

Water Tank, Fuel Tank, Holding Tank

Head        4

Head Operation

Bilge Pump        5

Electric Pump, Manual Pump

Boat Systems        6

Berths, Refrigeration, Stove, Hot Water Heater, Anchor & Windlass, Diesel Heater

Inventory List        6

USCG safety equipment, etc.

Boat Diagrams        8

Drainage & Seacock Diagram, Westerbeke Model 10 Engine Diagram

Quick Guide

Ericson 26 Leif

Registration No: WN2309RM

LOA: 25’9”

Make/Model: Ericson 26

Draft: 4’11”

(Assume depth sounder is set at waterline and include draft in depth reading. A minimum depth reading of 8ft is required.)

Year: 1985

Beam: 9’3”

Mast Height: 35’

Engine: 10 HP Westerbeke/Universal Model 10


Behind companionway stairs

Engine Control Panel

Located to port in cockpit

Engine Battery Switch

 Located aft and port of the companionway steps. Turn to “1” when starting.

Engine Hour Meter

Inside the main cabin, starboard and aft of engine cover.

Fuel Gauge

On the fuel tank; inside the port cockpit locker


On the engine control panel


Forward in cockpit on port side

  • When first starting engine allow it to warm up at 1500 RPM for 5 minutes before putting engine into gear
  • Maximum cruising speed 2500 RPM


Center (straight up) is neutral, forward (forward), and reverse (backwards)

Engine Starting

  1. Push shift lever in neutral, disengage gears by pushing in button at the base of the lever
  1. Push throttle lever forward about 2/3 of the way
  1. Pull silver ignition knob out and activate glow plug for 30 seconds during a cold start
  2. Push “start” button for 5-10 seconds until engine starts
  3. Check transom for water and exhaust (turn engine off immediately if no water is pumping out through the exhaust)

Stop Engine

  1. Place the throttle in idle (vertical) position
  2. Let the engine cool down for 5 minutes
  3. Pull the black kill switch until the engine stops
  4. When the alarm sounds, push the silver ignition switch


AC Electrical Panel

Inside port cockpit locker

House Battery Switch

Location: Under the starboard settee

  • Select “2” for house batteries
  • Leave on “2” when the engine is off to conserve the engine battery
  • Leave on “ALL” when the engine is running to charge both the house and engine batteries.

Battery Charging

Charged by either shore power (make sure AC power and battery charger switches are turned ON) or by running the engine.

Monitoring Batteries


DC Electrical Panel

Starboard of companionway inside the cabin




Navigation Instruments

Location: Port of companionway in the cockpit.

To Operate: 

  • Turn on the “instrum.” switch at DC panel
  • Depth and speed will read automatically. No wind instruments aboard. Do NOT change settings.



Genoa is on a rolling furler. Jib sheets lead back to the cockpit.

  • Uncleat the furling line and unfurl slowly (especially on windy days)
  • Get 2-3 wraps around the genoa with the sheets when done and lock off sheets on cleats or winches


Mainsail is fully battened.

  • Boom vang and main halyard all lead back to the cockpit and are labeled at the clutches

Note: Please use the topping lift/main halyard to raise the boom to its usual position after sailing.


Water Tank

Location: Under starboard settee

Fill Cap: Blue deck port on starboard

Capacity: 18 gallons

Fuel Tank

Location: Underneath cockpit; access from starboard lazarette

Fill Cap: Starboard aft red deck fill - labeled “diesel”

Capacity: 15 gallons

 Holding Tank

Location: Under v-berth, port side.

Pump-out Deck Cap: Forward portside

Capacity: 18 gallons



Nothing goes in the bowl that has not been consumed first.

Do not flush toilet paper → put TP in trash.

Head intake seacock located under the v-berth; make sure it is open before use.

Head Operation:

  1. Open seacock for intake
  2. Move selector switch to wet bowl
  3. Pump 3-5 times to allow water into the bowl
  4. After use, move the selector switch to “dry bowl” and pump contents until the bowl is empty.
  5. Move the switch back to “wet bowl”, pump again a few times to bring in water, then change to “dry bowl”, pumping water through until the bowl is empty.
  6. Close seacock for safety

**Never pump the tank overboard**


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Bilge Pump

Bilge Pump (Electric)

3-way switch located under the DC panel. Switch to “manual” for continuous or “auto” for intermittent with a float switch. Always leave the switch on “auto” before leaving the boat.

Bilge Pump (Manual)

Location: Socket is starboard of the tiller post in the cockpit. The handle is inside the propane locker.

To Operate:

  1. Insert handle into socket
  2. Move the handle up and down to allow the pump to prime. When the pump is primed, moving the handle will be harder, but keep pumping as water is moving through and out the bilge exit thru hull. Pumping will become easier as water exits the boat.
  3. Remove handle and place back on shelf above starboard settee.

Boat Systems


Icebox in galley. Before leaving the boat, make sure to drain out all the ice water. Leave the icebox open after use to air it out.


Propane stove in the galley.

To Operate:

  1. Open valve on propane tank in port lazarette.
  2. Turn on the “propane” switch. Panel located aft of the sink.
  3. Turn on the solenoid above the stove.
  4. Hold lighter (located in drawer in galley) to desired burner
  5. Push and turn the gas control knob for the desired burner, hold for 15 seconds to keep lit.
  6. When ready to turn off – turn off the solenoid and “propane” switch first.
  7. Once the flame extinguishes, turn off the gas control knob on the stove.
  8. Close valve on propane tank.

Galley Sink

Seacock located under the sink.

Hand pump operates water; no water pump aboard

Head Sink

Seacock located under the sink.

Hand pump operates water; no water pump aboard

Hot Water Heater



Primary anchor: Danforth with 12’ of chain and 180’ of 7/16” twisted nylon rode.





Air Horn & Can


Safety box; port shelf above settee

Boat Hook


Starboard shelf above settee

Bilge Pump Handle


Propane locker

Coast Guard Regulation Placards


Oil discharge placard: Below companionway

MARPOL trash placard: Below galley sink basin

CO2 placard: Below companionway

Deck Key


Safety box; port shelf above settee

Fire Extinguishers


Starboard of companionway; inside head

First Aid Kit


Port shelf above settee



Safety box; port shelf above settee

PFD’s Type II


Inside main cabin; aft berth

PFD Type IV - throwable


Inside main cabin; aft berth

Tool & Repair Kit


Safety box; port shelf above settee

Vessel registration


Taped to bulkhead above galley

Visual signal flares


Safety box; port shelf above settee

Winch handles


Port shelf above settee


Reference on Diagram:

1.   Cockpit Scuppers

2.   Engine – Raw Water Intake

3.   Galley – Sink drainage

4.   Head – Head Intake

5.   Head – Overboard Discharge (KEEP CLOSED)

6. Head – Sink drainage