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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

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Why are you trying to make sailing so dramatic? Garret is sailing on a lake in Oklahoma, right? Just pull out of the slip, raise your sails and enjoy. No need for the items on that list to relax and spend a few hours on the water.

Garret, just go for it buddy and chill.
Oh he is only sailing a small boat on a lake in Oklahoma, I have altered my list to reflect the differences.

Pre Planning
Day before
Check Tornado forecast
Check EPIRB Batteries
Pack Drogue
1. Charge AA batteries
2. Float Plan
3. Check Weather
Pack Bags
1. Appropriate Clothing
2. Flashlights
3. GPS
4. Navigation Kit
5. Cameras
Day of (at home):
Check Tornado forecast
1. Confirm weather
At Boat
1. Open all hatches to vent
2. Boat Walk Around (note
Dings on sheet)
3. Record Engine Hours
4. Check Rigging
Check Tankage
1. Fuel Level (record)
Bilge Area
1. Dry
2. Test Pump
Batteries
1. Water level
2. Secure.
3. Test Main Switch and condition
of each battery charge
Through Hullls
1. Locate all
2. Inspect Open or close
3. Wood Bungs
Locate the Following
Boat Docs
1. Registration
2. Appropriate signage
• Garbage
• Oil
PFD’s
1. One per crew (I,II or III)
2. IV for cockpit
Fire Extinguishers
1. Check charge and date
2. <26’ 1-B-I
3. 26-40’ 2-B-I or one B-II
4. >40’ 3-B-I or (1-B-II &
1-B-1)
USCG kit(other)
1. Signal Device
2. Horn
3. Bell if over 40’
4. Flares 3-day 3-Night
5. Emergency Tiller
6. Anchor readiness
7. Charts
8. GPS/Navigation
9. Light
10. Boat Hook
11. Owner’s Manual
12. MSD
Crew Brief
1. Non-Swimmers?
2. Seasickness?
3. PFDs
4. Going forward
5. MOB
6. Radio
7. GPS
8. Engine
9. Fire Extinguishers
10. MSD
11. Water Conservation
12. Electricity Conservation
13. Lines in the water
14. Boat terminology
15. Proper Watch
a. Relative bearing
b. Kelp
c. Right of Way
16. See something say something
Departure Preperation
1. Winch Handle
2. Remove Sail Covers
3. Stopper Knots.
4. Remove Shore Power
5. Note Wind/Plan departure
6. Turn on Radios, GPS
Departure Brief
1. Assignments
2. Concerns
Engine Starting
1. Ventilate Cabin
2. Choke
5. Neutral
6. Throttle
7. Start
8. Ensure water in Exhaust
Check Tornado forecast

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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

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Why are you trying to make sailing so dramatic? Garret is sailing on a lake in Oklahoma, right? Just pull out of the slip, raise your sails and enjoy. No need for the items on that list to relax and spend a few hours on the water.

Garret, just go for it buddy and chill.


That's about what I'm thinking. The only areas I worry about are getting the main up and possibly reefing the main. That is the only time I can remember it getting a little squirrelly during class.
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

Wow...Don't think so much

You took the class so you have the basics...now go sail.

Advice...
If something is in your way... turn
If you run out of water...turn
If you are the give way vessel...turn

Enjoy!!!
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What about the flux capacitor? What year should I set that to?

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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

While Jethotog's list may seem umm thorough for a day sail on a lake, it is still worth reading and considering alot of it.

You say you are a new sailor and this is your first time as a skipper. I would suggest start building good habits NOW.

Ultimately from this point onwards based on your experiences you will yourself begin to develop your own 'list' either literally a list, or just a mental checklist that you run through and modify on the go as suited to circumstances.

Complacency and assumption is always what gets you in trouble in a boat. Plenty of people have come to strife on flat water in a small boat on a fun sunny day.

I do agree keep it simple and don't worry, Do go out and have fun, i'm not trying to scare you, but for me, it is actually the time spent doing my checks everytime and then knowing that everything is right that allows me as the skipper to relax and enjoy the day.
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While Jethotog's list may seem umm thorough for a day sail on a lake, it is still worth reading and considering alot of it.

You say you are a new sailor and this is your first time as a skipper. I would suggest start building good habits NOW.
Thanks Chall, this list is a direct result of having rented 22-25 foot boats for many years and getting comfortable showing up and "kicking the tires and lighting the fires". This same technique did not cut it when I was taking out boats above 30 feet where I was the only sailor onboard, thus the thorough list to cover all contingencies. Also when I signed for the boat I was responsible for a lot more equipment. I did not want to be responsible for a winch handle someone else dropped overboard.

If nothing else Garret you should at least discuss with your crew what to do if you fall overboard.

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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

If I go overboard, in flat water with non sailor guests this is my procedure.

1)Hit this button and drop the anchor..... all of it.
2)someone else throw me the lifebuoy and keep an eye on me.
3) If i don't swim back to boat in 2 minutes call 'marine rescue broken bay' on the radio which is already on and follow the procedure written next to radio to issue a 'Mayday'.
4)If I am swimming back to the boat get me a towel and a beer.
5) Most importantly- NO ONE is to jump into the water to try and come get me. ( you would be surpirsed how many non sailors consider this in an emergency).

Please note:

- I am a good swimmer.
-These are my procedures, for when i fall in the water, on my boat. Something I have no intention of doing. So far no international yachting body has approached me to publish or develop this method further, it is approved by no one, and quite probably disapproved by a few.
- However if anyone believes they can teach their non sailing friends to execute either a quickstop or figure 8 MOB without the skipper onboard then they are a better teacher than I.
-Offshore things change completely. I generally try not to be the only competent sailor on a boat offshore period, I always clip in and really really go out of my way to try not to go overboard offshore. Offshore I will also be wearing my auto-inflate jacket, with PLB.

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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

allright well that is an awesome checklist for a West wight Potter 14!!!!!


seriously, thats a good checklist

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I am in the same boat so to speak in terms of learning to Captain a boat. Except I am in 30 foot range with inboard engine, larger crews and more complicated electrical system.

I created this checklist to cover all the steps I could think of. You can filter out what you don't need for your sized boat and add what other steps you may want to cover. Congratulations on the new rating and your first sail.


Pre Planning
Day before
1. Charge AA batteries
2. Float Plan
3. Check Weather
Pack Bags
1. Appropriate Clothing
2. Flashlights
3. GPS
4. Navigation Kit
5. Cameras
Day of (at home):
1. Confirm weather
At Boat
1. Open all hatches to vent
2. Boat Walk Around (note
Dings on sheet)
3. Record Engine Hours
4. Check Rigging
Check Engine
1. Oil Level
2. Fuel Separator/Filters
3. Closed Loop level
4. Raw water strainer
5. Belt tension
6. Leaks
Check Tankage
1. Fuel Level (record)
2. Fresh Water Level
3. Holding Tank Level
Bilge Area
1. Dry
2. Test Pump
Batteries
1. Water level
2. Secure.
3. Test Main Switch and condition
of each battery charge
Through Hullls
1. Locate all
2. Inspect Open or close
3. Wood Bungs
Locate the Following
Boat Docs
1. Registration
2. Appropriate signage
• Garbage
• Oil
PFD’s
1. One per crew (I,II or III)
2. IV for cockpit
Fire Extinguishers
1. Check charge and date
2. <26’ 1-B-I
3. 26-40’ 2-B-I or one B-II
4. >40’ 3-B-I or (1-B-II &
1-B-1)
USCG kit(other)
1. Signal Device
2. Horn
3. Bell if over 40’
4. Flares 3-day 3-Night
5. Emergency Tiller
6. Anchor readiness
7. Charts
8. GPS/Navigation
9. Light
10. Boat Hook
11. Owner’s Manual
12. MSD
Crew Brief
1. Non-Swimmers?
2. Seasickness?
3. PFDs
4. Going forward
5. MOB
6. Radio
7. GPS
8. Engine
9. Fire Extinguishers
10. MSD
11. Water Conservation
12. Electricity Conservation
13. Lines in the water
14. Boat terminology
15. Proper Watch
a. Relative bearing
b. Kelp
c. Right of Way
16. See something say something
Departure Preperation
1. Winch Handle
2. Remove Sail Covers
3. Stopper Knots.
4. Remove Shore Power
5. Note Wind/Plan departure
6. Turn on Radios, GPS
Departure Brief
1. Assignments
2. Concerns
Engine Starting
1. Ventilate Cabin
2. Batteries to all
3. Blower
4. Glow Plug
5. Neutral
6. Throttle
7. Start
8. Ensure water in Exhaust
On my boat, I teach the "crew" how to work the head. Also I remove the plug from the knotmeter thru hull and insert the knotmeter impeller into it. I like the ABC fire extinguishers.
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Life jacket
Have fun
Smile
go out again, and again, and again, and again and again.
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