Anyone use a checklist
I developed one we use to go out after years of watching people leave the dock with powercords plugged in, water hoses still connected, and one time leaving their 15 year old at the dock (takes all kinds). We were lucky and had not done anything that caused damage to that point but after using the checklist and sticking with it felt a lot more confident as we pulled away from the dock.
I had a friend pull away from his slip with the powercord still connect, ripped his plug out of the side of the boat and damaged the dock plug. The dock plug didn't cost him much, but repairing the fiberglass damage and replacing the plug on the boat wound up costing him several hundred dollars. Plus the stress of explaining to the admiral, who was not aboard, what happened and how.
I'm sure we all have different methods for doing things but I have found the written checklist is a plus. When you see all the boxes checked off you definitely feel better pulling away from the dock.