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10-30-2015 12:07 AM
Re: Pre sail checklist

I started a thread with a check list, but couldn't remember where it was.. searched check list and came up with
10-29-2015 04:36 PM
Dan Bohn
Re: Pre sail checklist

I might have missed it but I didn't see some essentials on this list.

Starting at the bow check all standing rigging (noticeable rust, cracks, corrosion etc), all retaining / safety wire in place...

Check all running rigging - no worn spots, knots, etc

If you have auxiliary power make sure you start the engine and get it up to operating temp. With all dock lines in place put the engine into gear, both forward and reverse. Let it run in all gears (dock lines should hold fine). Check for water / exhaust, cooling, fuel supply...

The most frequent engine problems I've encountered had to do with fuel supply and linkage / engine controls. Always good to check that entirely at the dock.
04-14-2013 09:32 PM
Re: Pre sail checklist

Thanks, billyr. great list.
04-14-2013 09:14 PM
Re: Pre sail checklist

Here are two check lists: one for briefing crew that are new to the boat and one for me to use in preparing the boat for passages. My appologies for the format, but it doesn't translate well from MS Word to the blog post.

Crew Briefings:


Coastal / Day Sailing

Items to review with guest crew prior to departure from dock or mooring:

• Location and use of PDFs

• Location and use of Fire Extinguishers / Fire Procedure / Escape Hatch Forward

• Location of Life Raft and Flare Kits

• Location of First Aid Kit

• Review of any Medical Issues

• Use of Marine Toilet / Lectrasan

• Use of Domestic Resources (Stove / Gas Detector , Refrigerator, Water System, Shower)

• Use of VHF Radio / Depth Sounder / Radar (including Electrical Panel)

• Starting Main Engine / Battery Switches / Gear Shift – Trottle

• Use of the Bilge Pumps

• Safety Precautions to Observe While Underway
- Moving about the deck
- Lines under load
- Winch operation
- Procedure for tacking / jibing
- Procedures for night / heavy wx sailing (use of jack lines, harness, lanyards)

• Crew-Overboard Procedure
- Prevention
- Floatation into water
- Stop boat
- Heaving line
- Life-sling recovery
- Actions by MOB

• Keeping Watch / Look-out

• Stations / Procedure for Getting Underway & Docking

• Dinghy Operations

Pre-departure Crew Briefings and Checks

Day Sailing

 Review all items on “Welcome Aboard Safety Briefing”
 Visual check of standing and running rigging
 Daily engine checks
 Instrument checks
 Radio check
 Bilge check

Coastal Voyage (overnight +)

 Complete all items in “Day Sailing” checklist (see above)
 Demonstrate use of VHF and SSB radios ~ including use of DISTRESS buttons
 Review emergency radio procedures (Mayday / Pan / Securite Calls)
 Review emergency procedures for fire and flooding
 Review location and use of EPIRB, flares, and other emergency gear
 Review deployment of life raft / location of ditch bag
 Review MOB procedure & use of MOB gear
 Review engine start procedures and engine operations
 Operate bilge pumps (manual / electrical)
 Visual check of standing rigging (from deck)
 Visual inspection of running rigging
 Check running / deck lights
 Check fuel and water levels
 Rig and lube Aries (if it will be required during passage)
 Check operation of autopilots
 Start / warm-up main engine (gauges?)
 Charge batteries using genset
 Check 240 VAC system
 Crew check of personal gear / clothing etc.
 Check gas detection system (sensors / alarms)
 Review use of stove / oven
 Review frig / freezer system operation
 Discuss watch keeping arrangements
 Discuss log keeping requirements
 Review use of chart plotter / AIS information

Off-shore Voyage (>500nm)

 Complete all items in the Coastal Voyage checklist (see above)
 Complete additional crew training / briefings
- Practice MOB procedures
- Practice Life-sling MOB retrieval
- Distribute and inspect life jackets and harnesses / strobes (have each crew member test their pfd and strobe)
- Review use of flares
- Review life raft deployment
- Review sea anchor and drogue deployment
- Review of watch schedule
- Each crew member to read “Red Book” (procedures / standing orders / etc)
- Installation of emergency tiller

And here's a more detailed checklist that I use before any long passage. It repeats some of the same things that are included in the above.

Pre-departure Passage Checks

On Deck
• Rig -- Inspect all running rigging for chafed lines, blocks running smoothly, cotter pins/rings in place
o Haulyards
o Sheets
o Reefing lines
o Lazy jacks
o Spin pole lines
o Inspect / grease winches
• Mast -- Go up mast to inspect
o Sail track
o Spreaders / spreader tips where shrouds attach
o Tangs
o Haulyard sheaves (lubricate)
o General corrosion / stress cracks
o Wind instruments
o VHF antenna
o Mast head, steamer and spreader lights
o Wire / swages
• Check/lube fittings & track spin. pole
• Emergency tiller – install and operate
• Stow main working anchor / secure windlass hawspipe
• Inspect Lifelines
o Fittings
o Tension
o Meat hooks
o Tape gate clips
• Sails
o Reefing lines / blocks
o Roller reefing
o Main battens
o Storm jib (bent on?)
o Storm trysail (in track / stowed on deck?)
• Grease roller furling bearings
• Inspect harnesses and rig jacklines
• Rig preventer
• Test all navigation lights
• Inspect / test MOB gear
o Strobes
o Life-sling
o Life-sling light battery (replace if 1 year or more)
o MOB pole
o Heaving line
o Block/tackle for Life-sling recovery
• Lazarettes
o Visual check of Life raft
o Visual check of para-anchor
o Check flare kits / flare inventory
o Check spare anchor stowage
o Organize / neaten-up general stowage
o Check / fill gas bottles / inventory combustibles
• Sight heavy wx gear for dodger windows / dorade boxes
• Sight emergency hatch covers
• Secure dorade boxes (if appropriate)
• Check stowage of outboard engine
• Check dinghy stowage on deck

• Clean hull / prop (grease prop?)
• Check hull zincs / prop zinc

Below Decks
• Check fog signaling gear
• Check EPIRB battery / registration
• Check / Inventory Ditch kit
• Check cabin lighting
• Inspect fire extinguishers
• Operate refrigeration units
• Operate stove and test gas alert sensors
• Check / distribute PFDs and harnesses (each crew member to perform manual test and repack their PFD and test strobe)
• Check first aid kit / Rx inventory
• Check tools inventory / stowage
• Inventory damage control supplies / gear
• Check spares inventory
o Engines (filters, belts, parts)
o Fuel system filters
o Water system filter (SeaGull IV)
o Electrical
o Rigging
o Desal filters
o POL (engine oil sufficient for 3 changes, ATF, grease tubes)
o Battery water (2 gallons)
• Check battery tie-downs
• Check sole lock-downs
• Test all locker latches
• Auto pilots
o Check operation
o Inspect hydraulic ram on quadrant (operation, lubrication, fluid level)
o Check Autohelm - Aries unit
o Check Aries operation / grease unit / install paddles and vane
• Steering Gear
o Lube rudder bearings
o Check tightness of steering cables
o Check / lube cable sheeves
• Secure chain locker
o Chain rode stowed
o Gear secured
• Desalinator (operate)
• Fill fuel and water tanks

Engine / Genset
• Fuel system
o Fill day tank
o Check fuel filters / separators (clean separators as necessary?)
o Check raw water strainers
• Main engine
o Raw water pump impeller
o Oil change (if it is likely oil change will be needed during passage)
o Coolant level / inventory spare coolant
o Belts (tightness / wear)
o Hoses / hose clamps
o Check gear box oil level (change?)
o Check shaft seal
o Check prop zinc
o Grease prop (as needed)
• Genset
o Raw water pump impeller
o Oil change (if it is likely oil change will be needed during passage)
o Coolant level
o Belts (tightness / wear)
o Hoses / hose clamps

Batteries / Charging Systems
• Check battery charge levels, fluid level.
• Measure / record cell specific gravity in maintenance log

Communications / Navigation
• VHF radio check
• SSB radio check
• SSB frequencies programmed
• Develop SSB net / comms schedule
• Radar / nav and sailing instruments check
• Modem / email check
• Computer / e-charts
• Paper chart inventory
• Cruising guides / pilots
• Weather reports / forecasts
• Check courtesy flag inventory
• Stationery supplies (pens, pencils, etc.)

Bilge / Under soles
• Bilge pumps
o Operate electric and manual pumps
o Break out / test Edson pump
• Thru-hulls (operate)
• Check all hose clamps below waterline
• Check wooden plugs at every thru-hull
• Check tightness of transducers / speed-o paddle
• Check stowage / security of stores and heavy gear below sole

Stores / supplies
• Fuel (fill tanks)
• Check POL consumables inventory (3 oil changes)
• Check inventory of engine spares (belts, filters, hoses)
• Water tanks (clean and full)
• Propane (fill all bottles)
• Battery water (one gallon minimum)
• Check small batteries (AA/AAA/C/D cells) inventory
• Provisioning (per crew size, voyage duration, etc.)

Ship’s Admin
• Check / modify insurance cruising limits?
• Develop (file) float plan and notify 406 EPIRB contacts of float plan details
• Check EPIRB registration data (emergency contact details)
• Review / revise standing orders / night orders
• Develop / post watch schedule
• Develop “Plan of Daily Routine” with radio skeds for nets, e-mail and fax reception
• Crew check of personal papers (passports) / gear / clothing / meds
• Review / record individual Rx meds (notify crew where info is kept)
• Collect passports, check visas and prepare crew list
• Menu plan
• Crew briefings / training complete and noted in log
04-12-2013 04:30 PM
Re: Pre sail checklist

Not so much of a checklist as a routine.
Pretty much do the same thing every time on and off and it becomes second nature.
That is my list.
04-12-2013 12:19 PM
Re: Pre sail checklist

Originally Posted by bristol299bob View Post
Thank you, I've copied these, hope that's OK!

(Oh, and I added the double beer-rum check.)
04-12-2013 10:56 AM
Re: Pre sail checklist

Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
You check for beer before Rum?
Left hand opens ice box. look left, count beer. look at rum bottle in right hand. Done.
It's damn near simultaneous.
Im always aware of general rum quantity status. beer does require a visual.
04-12-2013 10:46 AM
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.
04-12-2013 10:10 AM
Re: Pre sail checklist

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
04-12-2013 09:20 AM
Re: Pre sail checklist

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