I didn't see any mention about electrical
systems and I apologize if I am duplicating anything.
First, make sure your starter is good as well as the starting battery
. Make sure you have an alternate means of starting your engine. If it is an inboard, older engines sometimes had a hand crank. If so, make sure you have one. If not, you'll need an auxiliary method, such as a NOCO jump starter. There are others that are similar. These new jump starters are typically only six or so inches long by three inches wide and less than two inches thick. They are good at starting engines up to six liters. In addition to being small but powerful, they take up so much less room than the older style jump starters.
Once the engine is running, make sure it is charging
your house and starting battery
. Test the batteries before you get underway. If they aren't taking a charge, you'll need to sort this out. The batteries may be bad, but there are many other possibilities too. When you find and fix one issue, don't assume you are done, since there are often multiple issues on older electrical
If the issue is wiring
, it is sometimes faster to just run new wires directly and worry about making them neat and hidden later. Since you are short on time, a temporary solution for bad nav lights is to use battery powered ones for short periods. Check your steam light and your anchor light, assuming you will be anchoring
and not docking
. A battery powered light can work as a steam light if you have an available halyard
to attach it to. Battery powered lights are not a great solution but in a pinch they will work. If you're going to run a lot at night, you'll burn through a set of batteries roughly every night or night and a half if lucky. I think the battery powered lights often use four AA batteries.
If you're electrical system
has a lot of issues, you can use battery or solar
powered lanterns or oil
lamps in lieu of interior
lights. You can use a hand help GPS
if necessary instead of a more permanent solution.
I prefer to have a working depth
finder but if you are careful and have good charts
you can work around this. Again, you may need to wire it directly to the battery if the entire system is questionable.
I would absolutely have a spare bilge pump
, with plenty of wire, so I could directly wire that, even it the current
pump is working. You never know when the system will stop working. I had to move a friends boat and we directly wired his bilge pump
since we didn't have the time to fix the bad wiring
. His directly wired pump ended up being THE pump for several months until he got around to wiring it properly.
I'm sure there are other things that I should mention but the nav lights, starting the engine, and the bilge
pump are the most important items.