Tom, there just a discussion about lists here, or in that certain other forum.
I would suggest using a steno pad (I like the format) or some large index cards (durable) and making up only two lists, making them in pencil and revising them for a few weeks.
1. PREPARE TO OPEN SHIP.
2. PREPARE TO SECURE FOR PORT.
Depending on your equipment
and personal tastes they might go something like this (in reverse of easch other).
PREPARE TO OPEN SHIP:
, stow hatchboard & lock
3-Check gas sniffer if any
5-Check all throughhulls, open/close
Note: Main engine
key may be kept on red streamer, on main water
level, open/close main fuel
5b. Remove/install clean knotmeter
throughhull, as applicable.
7-Check all lines/fenders
8-Check all sails
, sail covers, hatches, tiller/wheel for exterior damage (secure when coming in) especially LifeSling or other equipment
left on deck
. (And possibly remove from deck
when in port.
Depending on your use and how serious your trips are, you might want to add a VHF
check, water tanks
, waste tank,check electrical
circuits, insturments and light for operation before going out. It kinda all depends on how compulsive you are and how "daysail, can live without it" you'll be.
If you use inflatable
PFDs--make Real Damn Sure to check that the inflation mechanism is good, and you might want to disarm it (and flag that) before any long-term stowage as well.
If you have left the boat for as little as two weeks in "fertile" waters, you may also want to dive on the prop to make sure it isn't overgrown before taking off. I had the pleasure (ahem) to cast off a mooring
once after a month of no use in midsummer--and find that I had to raise sail Pretty Damn Quick because "full throttle" didn't do squat. The folding prop had been so badly overgrown that it couldn't move the boat. (Ouch.)
I always find the first couple of sails
that everyone has missed something, after that the "muscle memories" kick in and my hands and eyes remember to do what my brain has forgotten.[g]