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Bilge Start
Check the bilge, ideally dry the bilge completely, and shut off the bilge pump.
Check the stuffing box
The idea is to do this first as the checkout will probably take at least a half hour and we want to see if the boat is leaking at the dock. At the end of the check-out check the bilge again and make sure it is not leaking and that the pump works

Walk around the boat slowly and just look at everything. The idea is to see if something is just not right and to just get a feel for the boat..
Ground tackle size and length.
Standing rigging
Running rigging, Winches, handles, blocks, Trying to see if the boat is in good enough shape to sail and has all the parts.
Hoist sails if possible at dock
Dock lines and boat hook, spare line
Steering, Check for unusual play
Emergency Tiller
Manual Bilge pump(s) and handle
Horn, lights, PFDs, Throwable, flares, boat hook
Speedometer, Depth finder, other deck instruments
Tank fills and tank key
Check all compartments

Engine (deck level)
Start engine, key and process
Transmission, forward and reverse, check cables
Check stuffing box

Insurance, Registration
Tax payment proof
BoatUS membership card
Manuals, Maintenance records
Flood Light

Engine (below deck)
Spare parts, belts, impeller, tools, filters, muli-meter
Fuel filter,
Oil check
Transmission check
Oil Pressure (50)
Water Pressure (170 - 180)
Maximum RPM (Lookup) Run engine at 90%
Primary filter bowl
Zinc (Might as well know where it is)

Below Deck
Through hulls, plugs
check all compartments
Chain plates
Fuel tank size (full)
Head (Tank empty)
Tank locations and locations of valves and inspection ports
Fire extinguisher
Propane tanks and switch operation.
Stove operation
Pressure water operation
Head operation

Electrical and Electronic
Main Switch (What exactly does it turn on and off, what is direct to battery)
Use of all switches on panel
What is the charging position(s)
Battery(s) 12.6 volts
Battery 14+ volts with engine running
Radio (check transmit with handheld)
Electronics, Chart plotter, etc

Fresh Water
Medication seasickness
Clothing appropriate for everyone
First aid kit
Gloves, Boots, Sun Glasses, Hats, Sunscreen, TP (Stuff People forget)
Hand held radio, GPS etc.

Run engine at 90% max and check instruments
Operate all sails
Operate all instruments
Check for leaks

Bilge (End)
At the end of the check-out check the bilge again and make sure it is not leaking and that the pump works.

Last edited by davidpm; 05-10-2010 at 10:31 PM.
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