Re: Offshore Checklist
Simon, the nature of a checklist is to double-check that, as you say, the things that are "ready as always," are in fact ready. It's the same as on an aircraft: you know things are ready but you check them anyway. Without a checklist, it is almost a given that something essential will be forgotten. You shouldn't have to ask, going offshore why the companionway should be closed with at least enough boards in so the wave that surprises you and rolls into the cockpit does not get below but can exit through scuppers. Some may find checklists like this over the top but I do not. We'll just have to disagree about getting the anchor out of the way, and the hawser pipe closed off.
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