Dog House 31’ Camano Troll
Reference Notes
 These notes are intended to be used as reminders only; not as a substitute
for proper training, boat check-out, and operating manual review
 Verify locations, operability of systems and equipment before departure
 Check with dock staff for updates, corrections, or questions
 DRAFT: please send updates to Margaret Pommert (contact info on
1) Updates
Updates, alerts from other skippers and ‘Popcorn’
2) Emergency
Location of emergency equipment stowage (normal “Blue Bag”
items aren’t included here)
3a) Cabin systems
Location of cabin/below-decks electrical, plumbing systems
3b) Cabin tips
Boat-specific tips for cabin/below-decks items
4a) Deck systems
Location of above-decks electrical, plumbing systems
4b) Deck tips
Boat-specific tips for above decks, boat handling
5) Navigation
Summary, introductory user guide for:
Electronic navigation operation
6) Common
Common reminders that apply to cruising boats across the
fleet (this boat as well as others)
7) Specs
Boat specifications (from Windworks’ website) and galley info
Page #
Dog House 31’ Camano Troll
1) Updates
Notice: (Updates on vessel, including intermittent issues,
new and/or vessel-specific operating procedures)
Noted by:
Port fuel tank gage inoperable
Horn button above doesn’t work
Dog House 31’ Camano Troll
2. Emergency equipment stowage: Fire extinguishers, lifejackets, tools, etc.
(normal “Blue Bag” items not shown here)
Fwd cabin:
Life jackets 1/2
Fire extinguisher 2/2
Drawer aft of settee:
Life jackets 2/2
Stern rail:
Aft bulkhead
Fire extinguisher 1/2
Emergency Equipment Key
= Lifejackets
= Fire extinguisher
J = Boat hook
= Lifesling
= Tools/spares
Dog House 31’ Camano Troll
3a). Systems below decks: thru-hulls, valves, auto bilge pump, switches
Coolant level:
No overflow bottle; have to
check under yellow cap on
engine while cold
Aft galley bulkhead:
LPG solenoid switch
Inverter switch
Salon cabinet:
Heater controls
Engine compartment
• Genset & A/C
• Transducer
• Raw water
Head through-hulls
(above water line):
1. Macerator outlet
2. Head sink outlet
3. Shower sump out
4. Bilge out
Helm station:
Windlass breaker & controller
House battery switch
AC/DC panel
Engine compartment, aft:
Engine battery switch
(leave on all the time on
this boat because hard to
get to)
Below decks systems Key
= thru-hull w/seacock
= thru-hull w/out seacock
= valve
= electrical switch
p = pump
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3b). Below decks: Boat-specific tips and procedures
Portlights in forward cabin:
Ensure closed/dogged
before get underway
• Kept in drawer
Inverter or shorepower
• Needs to be on to use TV
or Air Con.
Fresh water tanks (2; port & stbd)
• Valves for both left open; so if
not careful both could run dry
• Translucent; can see how full
See “above decks for more helm info
Shutting down:
• Use key to shut engine off
• Autopilot remote alarm
will sound, hit ‘C’ button
to silence it
Fresh water head:
• Vacuflush
• Reduces head smell
• Water pressure breaker
must be on to operate
Saloon table
• Drops to convert to bunk
Raw water filters
• Has 3; for A/C, genset,
engine raw water
• Below water line; if need to
open, close seacocks first
and remember to reopen!
Engine hatch:
Use safety straps to hold lid
open (snap under table)
Engine compartment, aft:
Engine battery switch (leave
on all the time per Dave)
Aft deck hatch lock:
Near base of door, inside
Leave boat with these switches
on (only):
• Master breaker
• Battery charger
• Outlets (for de-humidifier)
• Bilge pump on auto
(need to validate that the info below
from Cygnus is valid for Dog House as
Switches linked to breakers at panel
• Light in head on aft cabin breaker
• Deck light on aft cabin breaker
• Run & nav lights on navigation breaker
• Elect head on main panel breaker
• Furnace and bilge work even with battery
switch off
Dog House 31’ Camano Troll
4a). Systems above decks: deck fills, switches, propane
Stbd deck fwd:
Waste pump-out
Mid port deck:
Water tank fill
Mid stbd deck:
Water tank fill
Port deck aft:
Port diesel tank fill
Propane locker:
Propane tank valve
Stbd deck aft:
Stbd diesel tank fill
Above deck systems Key
= thru-hull w/seacock
= thru-hull w/out seacock
= valve
= deck fill
= electrical switch
p = pump
= exhaust outlet
Dog House 31’ Camano Troll
4b). Above decks. Boat-specific tips and procedures
Bow thruster:
• Only use when boat at
• Use short bursts of 10 secs
max; overheating will trip
breaker (will reset itself in a
few minutes)
• Bow thruster is always live
on this boat (not on Cygnus,
which will stay active for
about 7 minutes, so make
sure light is green)
Transferring helm control
between flybridge/cabin:
• See p. 53 of manual
• Only use when boat at
• Press and release lock key
button upstairs and
downstairs to switch (red
light above it shows on)
More helm info:
• No glow plug nor throttle to
start; electronic ignition
• Press/hold “N” button to go
to neutral to when need
throttle up in neutral (not
needed to start)
• EVC center button controls
elect readout in gauge above
• Toggle switch for gas gauge
• Check stop to stop turns on
helm; about 5.
• Autohelm has rudder
Boat handling characteristics:
• Elect throttle has ½ sec delay
when shift from neutral/idle to in
gear (to protect against high
throttle shifting)
• Throttles up quickly with very
little movement of throttle lever
• 2 items above make it easy to
over-power when shifting gears in
close quarters! Practice just
clicking into gear without any
additional throttle
• Shaft drive; Moderate prop
walk, to starboard
• Most economical cruising speed
is around 7 KTS
• Need transmission in gear to
affect much steering
• Be aware of boat trim; how
affected by amount and location
of fuel, water, gear on board. If
going on long trip, use fuel return
valves to keep fuel tanks balanced
Fly bridge:
Load limit 6 people
6) Common reminders across Windworks’ cruising/power fleet
• Monitor batteries regularly; use built in voltmeters
• Manage batteries. Windlass, 12V fridge, RADAR,
inverter (for things like microwave), drain quickly
• When using windlass, run engine 1500+ RPMs in
neutral (push button at bottom of throttle lever)
• Never turn battery or key off when engine running
• To charge both: Perko dial on both, 2200+ RPMs
• Check WW boat spec sheet to see if boat has built in
inverter. If not, some have 12v portable inverters on
board (check…or bring your own)
(2nd) A/C breaker switches in aft lockers:
• Normally always left on. But sometimes accidently
tripped when stowing gear, fenders. If there is no power
at main panel for some reason: check it
Remote VHF mic for cockpit
• Power off before connecting/disconnecting
Fluxgate compass
• Know where it is when stowing gear; keep items that
might affect magnetic field away
Water system
• Use only 1 water tank at a time (except Trolls). If pump
runs 2 minutes w/out water; tank dry; shut it off. Best to
keep water pressure switch off any time not using,
always when leave boat.
• Water heater off when leave boat
• To heat H2O w/engine: 2200+ RPMs for ½ hr+
Tank gauges
• Readings often suspect: asymmetric tanks, reader
location, sticking float (think holding tank), etc.
Head/holding tank
• If the head is suddenly hard to pump; STOP! Tank is
probably full; avoid rupturing system
Power boats when on a plane
• Fuel and water collect at the back of their tanks; gauges
won’t read accurately. Turn off water pump to avoid it
running dry in this case, and burning out
Through hulls
• Close head sink drain and/or toilet intake before sailing;
heeling may cause overflow
• Always close thru hull when open raw water filter,
remember to re-open before starting
Electric bilge pump
• Know how to set switch to automatic for that boat
Emergency fuel cut-off valves
• Only for emergency (e.g. fire, fuel leak)
Diesel heaters
• Get instruction for each heater, but typically:
• Once started, will blow cool air for 10 minutes before
heater lights. If heater doesn’t light in that time, shut
off and turn on again after a few minutes
• Once started, heater should be allowed to run/cycle
at least ½ hr before shut off
• If wired through battery switch, don’t turn off battery
until heater turned off; needs to finish cycling
• If wired directly to battery, remember to turn off
heater, otherwise will continue to run after battery
switch is off
• Dangerous to run diesel heaters while crew sleeping
Exhaust outlets (engine & metal heater pipe)
• Keep dinghy, lines, fenders, etc. clear of them; risk
of melting and CO forced back in cabin
Ice box/dry box/fridge (know which you have)
• Pre-cool night before; turn on and/or ice
• Drains: some don’t have; melt needs sponged out
• Keep drain plugged when ice in it to keep cold air
from draining out. If drains to bilge be careful not to
let anything but ice melt thru it (think sour milk smell)
• Leave open to air out when empty to avoid
mildew/smell. Front loading fridges usually have
latch with a setting that leaves ajar and another that
locks door shut
Deck General
Furling main sails
• Problems usually show up when unfurling, but
created furling; should put boom 90 degrees to mast
when furl, head-to-wind, slight tension on outhaul;
watch as furls for issues (e.g. folds in letch) stop and
fix, stop furling before sail clew wear patch (about 2’)
Depth sounder
• Assume reads from water surface unless boat
documents indicate otherwise
Mast height (on boat specifications)
• Is from deck, so LESS than ‘bridge clearing height’
(+ freeboard) unless specifically stated
Swim ladders
• Some can’t be dropped from outside (think dinghy).
Remember to pull up before departure
Vessel numbers
• If documented vessel boarded by USCG, they may
ask to see number on boat itself
Dog House 31’ Camano Troll
7.A Boat specifications (from Windworks’ Website)
Holding tank: 14.5 gal
Anchor rode: ??
Galley info
3 burner
Oven rack size
13” x 16”
Temp control
Mounted BBQ