Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: San Diego, California
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Re: Anyone use a checklist
I just look at the boat. Bow to stern. Port and starboard. Up the mast and down. My wife thinks that I'm ogling her namesake and I am, but with a purpose.
We have a detailed pre-sail brief for guests but that's something different.
I almost left the dock once with the power cord attached, but a more careful look around the boat would have take care of that. I make a point of looking around the boat's edges now. I've also learned to not to rush departure because that's when mistakes happen.
How fast was he pulling away? We briefly engage the motor (~5 sec) to get the boat moving then put it in neutral to glide out of the slip. A 10 year old could stop the boat, we're going so slow.
He has a 42 foot power boat with twin screws and always uses way too much power to pull away from the dock. I imagine he still does it to this day.