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Bayliner 4087 on C&D Canal

Captain Chris Yacht Services
Bayliner 4087 on C&D Canal
Stepping into the aft cockpit, these owners are proud of their new looper boat.
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New owner training begins in Bear Delaware on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal with Captains Chris & Alyse. Tag along and imagine you are in the helm seat ready to start your great adventure!

Gil and  Debra just purchased a twin engine Bayliner 4087 to start the Loop. We were invited to help this couple, plus their grandson, transition into the cruising mode by teaching vessel systems, both paper and electronic navigation, anchoring and of course docking. Every crew member has an important role to play to assure smooth sailing. 

Before we leave the dock we like to review all the safety items aboard your boat and make certain that you know how to use them. We started by exploring the vessel systems including the windlass and anchor gear. It is essential to know that the bitter end of your anchor rode is attached to the boat too. Testing this equipment at the dock has prevented us from many inconvenient situations while training. Best to discover equipment problems before you need them, right?

As we continue testing and explaining systems we cover the air conditioning compressors, battery chargers and even the fuel distribution manifold. Of course we also detail the engine functions including the generator and the role the rudders play when close quarter maneuvering. Understanding what's below the deck will help when working above deck.

The crispy fall weather was great as we helped this family make a punch list before they started down the Chesapeake. The boat ran well after we replaced some batteries (see article about this part of our trip) and we were able to help with a few other maintenance items while we were there for training. Often a new owner of a used boat has maintenance items to address before setting off to cruise but even a brand new boat should be sea trialed carefully.

Gil and Debra have been dreaming about looping and looking for their perfect boat for quite a while. Researching and attending seminars has helped their dream become a reality. Now their plan to cruise south to Norfolk and eventually Florida for the winter was taking shape.

Watch for their Great Loop burgee as they traverse the ICW and head north in the Spring to start the LOOP.

Bayliner offers many different models and this couple determined that the twin engine, cockpit motoryacht 4087 model fits their needs perfectly.
Fuel distribution manifold for supply and return of the diesel engine fuel. You can manage the stability and ballast of the boat by adjusting fuel tank levels.
This new 8 D 12 volt battery will be going into the boat.
The F6 sticker indicates the month and year manufactured. ABCDE then F equals the 6th month of 2016. Complicated but verified at the NAPA truck store. Be sure you aren't buying an old battery.
Marina Dock hands help install this 150 lb 8D battery. HEAVY!!
Checking the fluids in the generator located in the lazerette. Be careful you don't step on the rudder angle indicator sending unit.
Lots of accessibility for the deck hand when docking or locking- from the aft deck, the sundeck or the forward side decks. Great visibility for the helmsman as well. Can you believe 3 staterooms in 40 feet?!
The last fluid to check before leaving the dock. Make sure your waste holding tank is empty.
First you pump out... then you pump fuel in. The port fuel tank fills from the other side of the boat so be careful not to drag the fuel hose across your white fiberglass.
A happy helmsman learning to twist the boat using twin engines and no bow thruster.
The navigator can sit close to the helmsman so communication is easier once underway.
Let's go cruising!

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