Re: Anyone use a checklist
My list starts at the raw water intake, oil level, water/fuel separator (the engine first) then to the electrical panel (AC off, VHF on and working, nav lights on to check operation), store anything that can fly around (loose items), to the dock water line and AC power, the mast, shrouds, cotter pins, boom, hatches, deck clear of all items, genoa lines, mainsail lines, outhaul and mainsheet ready. To the cockpit items (maps, binoculars, handheld GPS and VHF ready, water bottles stored, winch handles stored), pdf's on, engine and transmission controls free, cat on board, engine start sequence. Engine start, water out exhaust, oil pressure, RPMs. Dock lines off. Fenders up. Squeak horn, clear the slip and out we go.
That is the quick list I use. I do have a paper checklist, but it is the same.
1984 Catalina 30 tall rig, bow sprit