One of the things you have to do when refurbishing a boat is to create a ‘boat manual’. In this you have stuff like the ships papers (ownership/insurance etc) as well as the instructions such as –
- How to start and stop the engine.
- How to fill up with fuel / water and not get the two mixed up.
- How to use the toilet (heads) and empty the holding tank by pumping it out in a yard or at sea and what the rules are about doing it.
- How to dismantle the toilet when it gets blocked!
One thing I have had to do is create a wiring diagram for the whole boat. Now I haven’t got far yet simply because there is no wiring except for the engine systems. At the moment this is the engine control panel and I needed to turn it into a paper diagram.
Mind you although it took a lot of time to do all it actually looks like is a jumble of lines on a piece of paper. Hands up who actually understands it.