Cassiopeia has a large, comfortable cockpit, ideal for both sailing and social get-togethers at anchor, at the dock, or while sailing. The helms are set back separately from the rest of the seating. All working lines are led aft to the cockpit for easy, safe sail management. Winches are readily accessible and all are self-tailing.
The cockpit can be opened up to the weather or completely closed up to provide shelter from spray and cold winds by opening or closing the enclosure panels or removing side panels as needed.
The cabins below are accessed by companionway steps which can be closed up for security or warmth by installing the companionway washboard.
The washboard is a transparent acrylic panel and is easily scratched or warped if left lying around in direct sun under the dodger. When not in use, the washboard panel should immediately be stored in its handy storage wall rack located behind the door in the starboard aft cabin.
The centre stern seat can be removed to permit easy boarding from the rear when stern tied or to access the swim platform. The seat is latched in place with two clasps, one under each side.
Please ensure the stern insert seat is secure before leaving the dock, and whenever it has been taken off. It is fitted with foam so that it will float, but it is much easier to latch it in place each time than to return to fish it out of the water.
The RAM cockpit VHF radio microphone and holder are located on the inboard side of the starboard helm binnacle. The main VHF radio below must be on for this remote to operate. The RAM Mic plug-in and holder is shown at right.
A buoyant line is attached to the life ring on the port stern rail, together with a separate length of buoyant heaving line.
An orange floating crew overboard light is attached to a stern rail and turns on automatically when thrown to mark where crew or item of value has fallen overboard.
A life sling is attached to the starboard stern rail. Instructions are printed on the outside of the bag that holds the sling and line. All aboard should be familiar with its use.
A folding re-boarding ladder is located under the stern step.
The manual bilge pump is located behind the portside helm. The handle to pump it is built-in. (right)
The emergency tiller is stored in the port cockpit locker. It fits into a socket under the stern seat walk-through.
The propane bottle for the galley stove is behind the port helm, in the locker located on the port side of the transom walk-through between the permanent stern seats.
The propane bottle and hose for the barbecue are in the locker located on the starboard side of the walk-through.
The instruments are mounted on the pedestal at the aft of the cockpit table and are turned on at the electrical panel. See the Instructions section for operational notes.
A propane barbecue is attached to the starboard stern pushpit rail with a quick disconnect clip so it is easily removed for storage if desired. Its tank and hose should be stored at all times in the locker located on the starboard side of the transom walkthrough.
The shore power cord connection point is at the starboard stern corner. Please keep the pigtail together with the cord. When not in use the shore power cord and pigtail should be stored in the starboard cockpit locker. When handling the cords, be careful not to drop the prong end on the dock as the prongs are easily bent, making the cord difficult to plug in later.
Port Cockpit Locker Contents
Starboard Cockpit Locker Contents
The dinghy outboard mounted on the stern rail is a four-stroke engine. It uses ordinary marine gasoline. Do not mix oil with the gasoline. Please use only marine gasoline sold at marinas. Gasoline sold for cars contains ethanol which can absorb water and cause problems on boats.
The outboard will not run without the red curly plastic deadman cord installed. That is for a good reason. With a single occupant, the dinghy can accelerate sufficiently quickly or bounce enough to throw even an experienced operator over the stern. Without the deadman provision, the dinghy would either leave and not come back, or, more often, return and run over the person in the water. Attach the cord to your wrist or ankle every time.
Suntan lotion, sunblock and fly sprays can stain gelcoat and destroy some plastics. Please be careful with these products.
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