_____ Finish all current boat projects.
_____ Inventory spare parts remaining aboard; make a list for any needed replacements.
_____ Complete provisioning and restock supplies.
_____ Store provisions properly in assigned storage location so others can find items easily later.
_____ Remove all paper labels on cans and then relabel items with magic-marker.
_____ Repackage items using zip lock freezer bags.
Medical / Medicinal Supplies:
_____ Stock up on bug spray, sunscreen & lip balm.
_____ Check OTC meds – stock up on Aleve, Benedryl, Band-Aids, vitamins, yeast infection,
_____ Check First Aid kit
_____ Restock prescription meds for 30 more days than anticipating being gone.
_____ Add “sick food” to provisions: ginger ale, 7-UP, crackers, chicken noodle soup.
Sails, Lines and Ensign
_____ Remove and stow sail covers,
_____ Prepare all sheets and furling lines
_____ Double-check reefing lines and all running rigging/sails.
_____ Ensure that both sails are ready to be hoisted (with a reef if need be) before getting underway.
_____ Place ship's ensign (identifying flag) in a holder at the stern.
Hatches and Seacocks
_____ Close and secure all hatches, windows and
_____ Close any seacocks required.
_____ Remove all covers and stow.
Instruments, Radio and Navigational
_____ Switch on all necessary equipment. (GPS, AIS, WiFi, other) Ensure all are operating correctly.
_____ Switch on the VHF radio (including handheld) and conduct a radio check.
_____ Recharge all handheld VHF’s, satellite phones, batteries, anything that needs charging.
_____ Test electrical systems one more time:
- solar charging or KISS wind charging
- below decks autopilot
- wheel pilot
- wind vane
- battery check
Other Navigational Items (Non-electrical)
_____ Purchase all the necessary charts (paper and electronic)
_____ Review cruising guides.
_____ If sailing overnight, ready and raise radar reflector.
Charts and Log Book
_____ Open relevant charts along.
_____ Prepare log book with the date.
_____ Add any pilotage notes or any relevant information for its first entry.
_____ Remind crew of suitable on-deck clothing for various weather conditions
_____ Remind crew of wet locker location (place or plastic bag for separating wet clothes)
Safety Equipment & Life Jackets:
_____ Remind crew of life jackets and foul weather gear location.
_____ Check that harnesses are accessible, if required.
_____ Check life raft and accompanying supplies and necessities
_____ Get cash; bring $1s, $5s, $10s & $20s – lots of places don’t take credit cards or have change.
_____ Make any necessary copies for passports, boat documentation, crew lists etc.
_____ Take care of all tax requirements – extension filed, prepaid taxes paid, etc.
_____ Activate SIM card for
– 3 month/month by month subscription.
Sailmail e-mail and SSB, AIS or VHF radios.
_____ Update any online website or blog
_____ Share float plan and contact list with friends/relatives.
Entertainment & Recreational Items:
_____ Check snorkel gear: mask straps, fin straps, mouthpiece, fin straps, spear gun bands.
_____ Stock up on used books and/or CDs.
_____ Fishing rod and accessories
_____ Deck of cards
_____ Keep watch for a weather window – number of days plus extra on either side.
_____ Research on what a weather window looks like already complete.
_____ Arrange weather email subscriptions:
Engine / Batteries / Fuel Checks:
_____ Check diesel – transmission fluid, oil, throttle connection, autopilot below deck bolts.
_____ Check for signs of any leaks
_____ Check battery volt meter / amps
_____ Confirm extra oil change supplies
_____ Check alternator belt tension
_____ Spare 3 alternator belts
_____ 4 extra fuel filters for each filter plus one for fuel polishing system
_____ Clean fuel tanks and run fuel polishing system for an hour on each tank.
_____ Top off diesel tanks and jerry cans
_____ Ensure sufficient reserves of each for the trip.
_____ Make sure containers are isolated from possible.
_____ Check recently fixed malfunctions
_____ Top off propane tanks; make sure to have adequate propane canisters for grill
_____ Unpickle watermaker, test to make sure it’s working after refurbishing pump
_____ Check heat exchanger fresh water level,
_____ Check seawater intake strainer for debris
_____ Test plumbing system one more time:
- pressure water
_____ Start outboard engine
_____ Top off gasoline jerry cans for dinghy – do we need more fuel or another fuel container?
_____ Skipper should communicate how the boat is going to leave harbor, weigh anchor or mooring.
_____ Assign/delegate tasks for each crew member.
_____ Demonstrate how a task should be completed to crew who are unfamiliar with boat, if needed.
Day Before We Leave Reminders:
_____ Top off water tanks if vessel doesn't have a water-maker.
_____ Fill solar shower bladder.
_____ Place on hold Verizon and Direct TV while on vacation.
_____ Plot Way-points for “plan” in GPS.
_____ Remove any extra dock lines.
_____ Consider anchoring to stage for trip later in day.
_____ Check entire boat for anything that might have been overlooked – a loose screw, anything at all.
_____ Rig lazy jack lines bow to stern, port & starboard.
_____ Socialize with friends, but no big party....to bed early.
_____ Remove the shore or dock lines; coil and store (hang if possible).
_____ Remove fenders, bumpers and store below