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What do you do every time you leave the dock.

A definitive list would be great? I'll start.

Stow loose stuff below
Open raw water valve
Shut off sink
Shut off head
Set battery switch to 1
Check boarding ladder is up.
Check oil
Check coolent in resavoire
Store 110 dock electric cable.
Put trans in neutral
Set throutal to fast idle
Start engine
check water from muffler
check temp for about a minute.
Reduce to idle
Remove sail cover
Uncoil main sheet, jib sheets, traveler controls, roller furling line
Get out horn
Get boat hook ready
put radio by helm and turn on.
check tide and current
check weather
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Great idea,
Before leaving the dock.
Put on life jackets.
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pray that thecuban likes me that day and won't throw my azz overboard.

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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.
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Stow the coffee maker???

Is this a trick question??

I simply slip the lines and go sailing.
All the other stuff just seems natural.

Did anybody mention......... turn on the vhf, monitor first the weather than switch it over to 16.

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decide which headsail to fly that day. Most important one for me, since I have to go foward to lower it if its too big. Tuff luff.

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Set the boat up for single hand operation, make ready for sailing, inspect rigging etc, double check weather, establish a harbor exit plan, observe and avoid traffic, maintain a watch and navigate a planned route.
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Pretty amazing the number of things that should be taken care of. For me I remember most of the time but find if my routine is interrupted, phone call, someone new on board I can miss stuff.
I wonder if making a list would be too annoying to follow?

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