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post #8 of Old 07-05-2013
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

So I removed anything related to a larger boat and am surprised at still how long the checklist is. You don't have to go through each item as a checklist but you could create a flow trough the boat to inspect each of the items listed. Then double check the checklist to make sure everything is covered. It may seem trivial but if you don't know where the boat hook is or your crew does not know what it is or the anchor not being ready to deploy can make a big difference on the success of your first voyage. As Hardtac questions alluded to there is more to it than just sailing skills.

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 Tankage
1. Fuel Level (record)
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
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. Owners 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. Choke
5. Neutral
6. Throttle
7. Start
8. Ensure water in Exhaust

West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
Oceanside CA
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