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Old 06-25-2011
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Pre Trip Checklist

When heeled over in a blow, I would sometimes realize that I had forgotten to close a hatch or valve, empty the standing water in the head, etc., and that I now had water in the salon. So I created a checklist, and have never had any of these things happen again. I had it sealed in plastic at Kinko's, and usually have someone read it to me as I go from Bow to Stearn. Takes about a minute. When you look at the list, you realize how many components there are on a small keel boat. Too many for me to remember every time! Though I'm certain it's not a novel idea, I've never seen another skipper use one. I also searched this forum and didn't find any mention. I've found the list useful, so here it is (obviously, you would have to modify it to apply to your boat):

PRE TRIP

Disconnect shore power (if applicable)
Rotate Head Cowling aft (if applicable)

V BERTH
Secure dehumidifiers (Port and Starboard)
Secure Hatch

HEAD
Sink valve CLOSED
Head water intake valve (thru hull) OPEN
Head water intake (lever right side of head) CLOSED (horizontal)
Empty water in Head

SALON
Secure Hatch
Motor coolant valve OPEN
Maint. pump OFF
Bilge pump AUTO
Sink valve CLOSED
Knot meter in (if applicable)
VHF radio ON (channel 16)
Instruments ON

POST TRIP

Connect shore power (if applicable)
Rotate Cowling (if applicable)

SALON
Instruments and all panel switches (other than cabin lights) OFF
VHF Radio OFF
Engine coolant valve CLOSED
Batteries switched to BOTH
Knot meter out (if applicable)
Maint. pump AUTO
Bilge pump AUTO

HEAD
Head water intake valve (thru hull) CLOSED
Sink drain (thru hull) OPEN

V BERTH
Open Dehumidifiers (Port and Starboard)

BEFORE CLOSING COMPANIONWAY
Check that Bilge pump is switched to AUTO and Batteries are switched to BOTH

Last edited by L124C; 06-26-2011 at 01:53 AM.
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