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First Time Out: Checklist

Heller SailNetters,

I completed my ASA101 last week and am itching to get out and get some experience. A buddy of mine has agreed to go out with me in a few weeks when we rent a Catalina 22'. What advice can you offer me when going out for the first time.
  • Reef the main if windy
  • Life Jackets/Type 4/Fire Extinguisher/Flare/Noisemaker
  • Raise/Drop the sail with head to wind

I know I am missing some other items, these are just what come to mind immediately. What lessons did you learn on your first trip out as Skipper?

As always, I appreciate your time and input.
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

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
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

Goodness. That is a pretty comprehensive list. Luckily I'll only be puttering around on the lake.
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First Time Out: Checklist

Hey Garret,
Good for you! Yeah, it's time to get out on the water!
Couple questions: does your buddy know how to sail? Are you on a lake, bay, or ocean?
You'll definitely want a detailed chart of the area. You'll also want a VHF radio and a cell phone if you get into trouble. Make sure you learn how to use the anchor and make sure it can be deployed quickly.
Check your weather forecast. Make sure your first day isn't too challenging with either calm winds or winds much over 15 knots. Take a bag with water, snacks, and sunscreen. If your weather can change fast, make sure you have a change of clothes for any condition. You might want sailing gloves, too. I'm sure you'll get a ton more suggestions, the above are a few to get ya going. Have a blast!
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

Thanks HardTac. To answer your questions...

My buddy does not know how to sail and we will be on a lake.

Sailing gloves are definitely a good idea. I can recall having that jib sheet run through my hands a few times during class. Ouch!
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

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Goodness. That is a pretty comprehensive list. Luckily I'll only be puttering around on the lake.
That may be so but all the basics are there. Except for food and water as I do not go anywhere without those, I left them off. You can remove anything related to larger boats and be left with the basics that cover trip preparation, crew briefing and ensuring the required coast guard items are onboard.

I have to admit I carry it in my sail bag but have yet to use it. Creating it made me think about what needs to be done for each sail.
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

True. It never hurts to be prepared.
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

So I removed anything related to a larger boat and am surprised at still how long the checklist is. You don't have to go through each item as a checklist but you could create a flow trough the boat to inspect each of the items listed. Then double check the checklist to make sure everything is covered. It may seem trivial but if you don't know where the boat hook is or your crew does not know what it is or the anchor not being ready to deploy can make a big difference on the success of your first voyage. As Hardtac questions alluded to there is more to it than just sailing skills.


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 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
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

If you are renting the boat, you can plan on the required equip. being there, although you'll need to check it when you get there so you know that is aboard and where it is.

We are talking about a daysail on a lake in a Catalina 22, right? My checklist would be:

1) Outboard works?
2) Cast off
3) Raise sails
4) Have fun
5) Get back to the dock withoug dinging the boat or hurting anybody.
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Re: First Time Out: Checklist

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.
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