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Old 07-05-2013   #2
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

I am in the same boat so to speak in terms of learning to Captain a boat. Except I am in 30 foot range with inboard engine, larger crews and more complicated electrical system.

I created this checklist to cover all the steps I could think of. You can filter out what you don't need for your sized boat and add what other steps you may want to cover. Congratulations on the new rating and your first sail.

Pre Planning
Day before
1. Charge AA batteries
2. Float Plan
3. Check Weather
Pack Bags
1. Appropriate Clothing
2. Flashlights
3. GPS
4. Navigation Kit
5. Cameras
Day of (at home):
1. Confirm weather
At Boat
1. Open all hatches to vent
2. Boat Walk Around (note
Dings on sheet)
3. Record Engine Hours
4. Check Rigging
Check Engine
1. Oil Level
2. Fuel Separator/Filters
3. Closed Loop level
4. Raw water strainer
5. Belt tension
6. Leaks
Check Tankage
1. Fuel Level (record)
2. Fresh Water Level
3. Holding Tank Level
Bilge Area
1. Dry
2. Test Pump
1. Water level
2. Secure.
3. Test Main Switch and condition
of each battery charge
Through Hullls
1. Locate all
2. Inspect Open or close
3. Wood Bungs
Locate the Following
Boat Docs
1. Registration
2. Appropriate signage
• Garbage
• Oil
1. One per crew (I,II or III)
2. IV for cockpit
Fire Extinguishers
1. Check charge and date
2. <26’ 1-B-I
3. 26-40’ 2-B-I or one B-II
4. >40’ 3-B-I or (1-B-II &
USCG kit(other)
1. Signal Device
2. Horn
3. Bell if over 40’
4. Flares 3-day 3-Night
5. Emergency Tiller
6. Anchor readiness
7. Charts
8. GPS/Navigation
9. Light
10. Boat Hook
11. Owner’s Manual
12. MSD
Crew Brief
1. Non-Swimmers?
2. Seasickness?
3. PFDs
4. Going forward
5. MOB
6. Radio
7. GPS
8. Engine
9. Fire Extinguishers
10. MSD
11. Water Conservation
12. Electricity Conservation
13. Lines in the water
14. Boat terminology
15. Proper Watch
a. Relative bearing
b. Kelp
c. Right of Way
16. See something say something
Departure Preperation
1. Winch Handle
2. Remove Sail Covers
3. Stopper Knots.
4. Remove Shore Power
5. Note Wind/Plan departure
6. Turn on Radios, GPS
Departure Brief
1. Assignments
2. Concerns
Engine Starting
1. Ventilate Cabin
2. Batteries to all
3. Blower
4. Glow Plug
5. Neutral
6. Throttle
7. Start
8. Ensure water in Exhaust
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
Oceanside CA
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