Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
Thanked 31 Times in 31 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Open doors and hatches as needed.
Secure ice, cokes and rum inside, near door, there is no 'securing for sea' - I'm never not 'secure for sea'.
Make a Gosslings and Coke Zero, put it in the cupholder - sample frequently while doing the rest.
Turn on sailing instruments, Chart plotter, Music.
Secure/check dinghy, kayaks etc.
Remove the window cover from my front window (pilot house).
Drop drive leg, start motor, check exhaust,
Bump motor into forward/rev to check transmission engages.
If single handing, put on PFD.
Turn on IPod, broadcast music to cockpit.
Remove sail cover, stow inside, loosen lazy jacks, check mast/halyards etc..
Check all jib/screacher sheets and furling lines for clear run, no snags
Check wind/current direction and determine best way to clear dock.
Note that usually requires a cigarette and half a rum a coke.
Drop one centerboard 1/2 way if wind from the beam (improve tracking)
Single up all lines to dock (spring in particular).
Generally, drop in order aft port line, forward port line, forward stbd line, aft stbd line, spring line - depends on wind direction and strength. Usually I can walk around the boat in a circle without haste and do this. Boat sits in it's slip patiently, it's a well protected slip with low current from the stern/bow depending on tide
Bump motor to forward at idle and drift out of dock, when clear rev up and go.
If singlehanding, text wife to let her know I am outbound, est return time.