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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

Originally Posted by twenty1knots View Post
Why are you trying to make sailing so dramatic? Garret is sailing on a lake in Oklahoma, right? Just pull out of the slip, raise your sails and enjoy. No need for the items on that list to relax and spend a few hours on the water.

Garret, just go for it buddy and chill.
Oh he is only sailing a small boat on a lake in Oklahoma, I have altered my list to reflect the differences.

Pre Planning
Day before
Check Tornado forecast
Check EPIRB Batteries
Pack Drogue
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):
Check Tornado forecast
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
• 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. Choke
5. Neutral
6. Throttle
7. Start
8. Ensure water in Exhaust
Check Tornado forecast

West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
Oceanside CA
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Last edited by jephotog; 07-05-2013 at 06:48 PM.
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