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Checklist

I am starting to charter some boats, and have created a checklist to cover all the steps. Most of my crew have been inexperienced sailors so need to be thorough. Any suggestions things I could add, way to improve this?

Pre Planning
Day before
Charge AA batteries
Float Plan
Check Weather
Pack Bags
Appropriate Clothing
Flashlights
GPS
Navigation Kit
Cameras
Day of (at home):
Confirm weather
At Boat
Open all hatches to ventilate.
Check Engine
Oil Level
Fuel Separator/Filters
Closed Loop level
Raw water strainer
Belt tension
Leaks
Check Tankage
Fuel Level
Fresh Water Level
Holding Tank Level
Bilge Area
Dry
Test Pump
Batteries
Water level
Secure.
Test Main Switch and condition of each battery charge
Through Hullls
Locate all
Inspect Open or close
Wood Bungs
Locate the Following
Boat Docs
Registration
Appropriate signage
• Garbage
• Oil
PFD’s
One per crew (I,II or III)
IV for cockpit
Fire Extinguishers
Check charge and date
<26’ 1-B-I
26-40’ 2-B-I or one B-II
>40’ 3-B-I or (1-B-II & 1-B-1)
USCG kit
Signal Device
Horn
Bell if over 40’
Flares 3-day 3-Night
Charts
GPS/Navigation
Light
Boat Hook
Emergency Tiller
Anchor readiness
Owner’s Manual
MSD
Crew Brief
Non-Swimmers?
Seasickness?
PFDs
Going forward
MOB
Radio
GPS
Engine
Fire Extinguishers
MSD
Water Conservation
Electricity Conservation
Lines in the water
Boat terminology
Proper Watch
a. Relative bearing
b. Kelp
c. Right of Way
See something say something
Departure Preperation
Winch Handle
Remove Sail Covers
Stopper Knots.
Remove Shore Power
Note Wind/Plan departure
Departure Brief
Assignments
Concerns
Engine Starting
Ventilate Cabin
Batteries to all
Blower
Glow Plug
Neutral
Throttle
Start
Ensure water in Exhaust
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Re: Checklist

This is just me, but if I had inexperienced crew, I would try not to overwhelm them with EVERYTHING that should be done on the boat, just what I am expecting of them. Even then, for the first few times I'd keep my expectations low so that they get to enjoy the sailing part. If I received that list before I started sailing, I'd wonder where the fun was wedged in.
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Re: Checklist

Check beer level in cooler
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Re: Checklist

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This is just me, but if I had inexperienced crew, I would try not to overwhelm them with EVERYTHING that should be done on the boat, just what I am expecting of them. Even then, for the first few times I'd keep my expectations low so that they get to enjoy the sailing part. If I received that list before I started sailing, I'd wonder where the fun was wedged in.
Except for the crew briefing part this list is for me only to make sure I do not forget anything.
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Check beer level in cooler
I am an avid homebrewer. I have not put that on the checklist because I would never forget an adequate supply of beer. The list is more so I don't forget my foulies while focusing on trying to figure out how to get a keg on board.
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Re: Checklist

List for only you makes more sense. I start checking the weather three days before. Gives me a feeling for what may be blowing my way (depending on conditions) in plenty of time to come up with Plans B and C if I have to and time to alert any guests that things may not work out.

I would also add a check of rigging hardware. When we chartered I did a once over on the hardware I could see and had them replace a couple of things that looked bad.
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Re: Checklist

And another weather check under the "Departure Prep" heading.
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Departure Check should including turning on boat electronics (and handheld ones, if any). I often forget about this until we are under way.
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And another weather check under the "Departure Prep" heading.
Do your remember the movie L.A. story?

I check the weather often usually a non-factor. I was scheduled to sail last Wednesday with someone in a group I belong to. The boat owner canceled on Monday because of a 10% chance of rain. It ended up being "Sunny and Beautiful" as in the movie.

Check Alex on the radios. I will also add electronics panel familiarization.
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