I do keep a start up and shutdown checklist on the boat that works quite effectively. This is absolutely critical imo when it takes a couple of hours to reach the boat from home. One checklist item involves cycling the bilge
pump at start and shut down to ensure that it is working, unclogged and placed in the auto setting when done.
The one time I left the keys at home for the boat I, by sheer luck, was carrying a pair of bolt cutters. As an added bonus I also managed to find a replacement padlock and spare set of keys in the junk box. I now have a gaffer taped key for the cabin
door secreted away in the cockpit
, along with a full set of keys hidden inside the cabin
One thing whilst not as yet having had forced me to drive the two hours back to the boat to fix, but has certainly made me have to dinghy
back to the mooring
in 20 kn headwinds is forgetting to remove uneaten food
from the fridge. Been meaning to add that item to the checklist, along with the need to remove all unopened drinks in aluminium cans due to their tendency to develop pinhole leaks
in very short order.