Meet "Stan The Man". Our new Committee Boat

Now fitted out for racing 'Stan' replaces our elderly Shetland. Which has been with us for number of years and has served as well. But its time to move-on, easier access, good all round visibility, better anchor handling and decent shelter from wind, rain and even the sun!

We are still working on these 'instructions' for its use and there will very minor amendments to the race instructions. Flags are on poles and the sequence remains the same.

But what is the yellow flag for?

Well you have two choices 1. It indicates that there is an elderly GP14 on the water and ALL boats must give way. OR 2. It is a sight-line for the Duty Officer and shows you (and the DO) the start/finish line to the 'pin-end'. Take you pick!

All the main race flags are on poles and should be prepared for placing before timer starts. There are a couple of spare flag sticks and a new set of flags to fly on them for special events

The yellow marker start-line can be placed in any slot. If the weather is bad put it up near the cabin.

What is the starting-up procedure

The ignition key is kept in the big key locker. PLEASE,PLEASE make sure that is where it is put back!

Switch on the battery at the isolation switch.

Starting - The key switch has a note - "press for choke". Use that for starting. There is a water tell-tale to check - (more like a horse relieving itself).

Currently the engine trim is out of action AVOID ANY CHANCE OF RUNNING AGROUND.

Where is the battery isolation switch?

Rear locker right-hand side. It is best to turn off the master switch at close of play in case a light or instrument has been left on.

Where does the timer go?

The boat has been set up to operate both race timers. The timers can be placed in brackets within or without the cabin. Leads are long enough to stretch to the two positions without disconnecting and losing data. The fitting for the timer horn is under the air horn mechanism (see image).

How is it anchored?

Fairly obvious - but make sure the anchor lid settles properly on the slots in rear of the lid. If you don't do this and then stand on it you will break the lid. Lots of anchor chain needs to be deployed to prevent the boat drifting. DO take a transit to make sure that the anchor has taken hold.

Wash the anchor, chain and warp as they come back in. A bucket is provided. The chain locker has a small drain hole so can be swilled.

At close of play the chain and anchor just fit inside so this instruction becomes superfluous

How best can I approach the pontoon?

On the windward side, come parallel to the pontoon and let the wind push you on. The boat has a lot of windage. A similar technique can be used to collect the mooring.

Anything else?

For the moment you will not need to refuel. This will be done by the Thursday work party until we sort out a safe system.

There is a sail bag in the cabin that you can put the netting into.

The cockpit is self draining so can be swilled to keep it clean.

All the control panel switches should be in the left hand position at end of day. This leaves the automatic bilge pump functional. It takes power from the battery side of the master switch.

The Quicksilver 620 Pilothouse

• Year: 2004 • LOA: 20'4" (6.20m) • Draft in M: Max: 0.46 Min: 0.46 • Keel: Planing


• Self draining cockpit • Stainless steel guard rails • Self bailing anchor locker • Navigation lights • Boarding ladder • Warps & fenders • Mooring lines • Bow roller • Cleats

Helm Position

• Seat for pilot & co-pilot • RPM, trim and fuel gauge

Navigation Equipment

• Eagle fish mark 320 • Silva DSC vhf • Garmin gpsmap 182c • Compass

Safety Equipment

• Fire extinguisher • Fire blanket • First aid kit