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Pre sail checklist

My wife and I are new to sailing. Does anyone have a checklist of things to do when one first steps on the oat to when they are putting p the mainsail? Airline pilots have their checklists, is there an equivalent for cruising sailors?
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Re: Pre sail checklist

Yes i do. Sorry i really don't have a copy handy. I use one for spring commissioning and decommissioning at the end of year. Every time i leave the dock i use one to make sure that i have checked everything. Even though i pretty much have that done. Usually once a week i check over the engine, sea cocks, valves and other components per another checklist.(depending on usage)
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Re: Pre sail checklist

We sure would appreciate seeing what you use.
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Re: Pre sail checklist

I think it really depends a lot on what boat you are sailing. When I had a trailerable boat, it helped me at first to have a checklist of the mast raising steps (sucks to get the mast up and realize I forgot to run halyard). However, on a boat on a mooring I find the pre-launch checklist is more of a visual and mental review. As you get familiar with a boat you will be able to check, stem to stern, if everything is in place that you will need to sail.

Others may have a printed list.
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Re: Pre sail checklist

1. stow everything.
2. ensure there is beer.
3. ensure there is rum.
4. ensure there is food.
5. disconnect the shorepower, if applicable.
6. disconnect water line, if applicable.
7. double check that the shorepower and water lines are disconnected, if applicable.
8. double check your double check.
9. Ensure that battery switch is in correct "on" position.
10. Double check 9.
11. Start blower, if applicable.
12. Open raw water intake seacock.
13. Check oil level, engine drive belt tension, do a visual check of all connections.
14. Enter data in log.
15.Start motor.
16. Ensure coolant is spitting from exhaust.
17. Unlimber boathooks.
18. Turn on VHF. Check weather.
19. Check once again that shorepower and water are disconnected, if applicable.
20. Remove sailcover(s).
21. ensure all halyards are connected and free running, any sail stops removed, halyards slack.*
22. Ensure all sheets are free running with stopper knots on bitter ends.
23. Brief crew on sailplan and cast off procedures.
24. Promise not to yell, again.
25. Locate winch handle(s)
26. Open and close all clutches to make sure they operate freely.
27. if docked, untie docklines, snag lines under horns of dock cleats to hold boat in slip.
28. ensure fairway is clear.
29. engage engine, throttle up gently, ease into fairway.
30. STOP! ease back into slip. Disconnect shorepower.
31. When clear of harbour, marina, and/or traffic, when prudent, reverse engine and goose throttle to clear prop of weeds.
32. When prudent, turn into wind and prepare to raise sails.

* This is the time to gutcheck the weather, and yourself. if you feel a reef might be in order, do it now.

I've probably left something out. Oh yeah...have fun!
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Re: Pre sail checklist

Here's mine
Leaving at dock

Getting underway
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Re: Pre sail checklist

bljones, I learned that shore power thing the hard way, too. $100 mistake.

I would amend your list slightly - when you take off the sail cover, also take off SOME of the sail ties. Leave enough so the sail doesn't get a mind of its own, but take off enough that once you're out and underway, you'll be more readily able to hoist the main. Also, be sure to put the sail ties in the same place every time. I'd suggest making a bag and attaching it to the mast.
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Re: Pre sail checklist

Here are some other threads on checklists in which you might also find some useful tips:

Pre Trip Checklist

Anyone use a checklist
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Re: Pre sail checklist

BL,
You check for beer before Rum?

I bump the engine into forward and reverse while the lines are still tied just to check the transmission out.

Other add ons that may pertain:
Turn on instruments
Take covers off instruments
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Re: Pre sail checklist

having seen more than one boat take on water after being trailer launched.. double and triple check your sea cocks and plugs.
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