Here's a checklist I put together a couple of years ago to use before setting out away from shore. Any additions or comments welcome.
Trysail rigged w/ sheets/ready
Storm jib rigged w/ sheets and ready
Floorboards screwed down
Life raft up on deck and secured
Ditch bag stocked (see separate list) just inside hatch
Pail on deck
Jacklines checked and ready
Everything secured down below
Sea anchor accessible, rigged, and ready
Solar panels on mount and plugged in
All hatches/ports closed and tight
Emergency porthole boards accessible and ready
Companionway boards in
Companionway cloth on
Lee cloth on
Normal on-deck stuff up (print charts, food, coffee, GPS, harness, jacket, water, food, clothes, raingear, binocs., etc.)
*see separate list*
Batteries on "HOUSE" only.
Manual pump check, handles accessible
Winch handles up
Elec. pump check
RIB deflated and stowed
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.