Boating checklist

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Boating checklist

Postby info4all » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:09 am

I tend to be very process oriented and security minded and I was wandering if anyone on this forum uses a checklist for either a yearly inspection or prior to leaving the dock. If not, I was going to start creating this document to share with the community so I could start giving back. Another useful checklist which will come later in the season is a winterizing checklist.

For the "before you leave" checklist I was thinking about things like; check fuel, life jackets, tools, first aid kit, battery jumper. Some of these things are optional but may be considered "best practice".

Thoughts?
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Re: Boating checklist

Postby bcassedy » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:04 am

Suggested "add ons" to "before leaving dock"
- Discuss with "crew" what lines will be let go first, second, last (depends on currents and wind) so there's no confusion
- Any "spring lines" to be used (in a tight departure space?) set up?
- blower on 5 minutes before starting engines
- IMMEDIATELY after engine start - water flow coming out of exhaust ports?
- any shore connected water lines disconnected?
- Electrical:
* Power at dock stantion turned OFF
* Shore pwr - OFF - Gen power switch: set to OFF (just to be safe)
* Disconnect shore power cables, roll up and stow.
- line tenders on board man lines to hold boat to dock in windy conditions?
- let go all dock manned lines in order.
- all dock/slip line tender(s) on board safely?
- onboard line tender(s) let go/retrieve lines EXCEPT those manning spring lines.
- get underway
- retrieve spring lines as they complete their function.

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Re: Boating checklist

Postby ddependo » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:59 am

I can testify to be sure and remember to disconect power cord. Don't ask.
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Re: Boating checklist

Postby Fastjeff » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:45 am

And be sure to shut the breaker OFF at the boat's switch panel--and even if your slip has a shut off there as well. (In the heat of the moment one can forget things, right?).

You'd be surprised at the size of the arc plugging that cord back in will generate with the AC, refrigerator, battery chargers, etc. turned on.

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Re: Boating checklist

Postby info4all » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:33 pm

Ok, from time to time I will ask questions which are completely obvious to the rest of the community. This may be one of those times. Do marinette owners keep emergency paddles on their boats? I am purchasing all of the safety gear and I found some extending paddles which are 6 feet long, when fully extended, but I'm not sure if that would do much of anything for a 32' sedan. I think a tow rope may be a bit more useful, but it won't hurt to store both. Thoughts?
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Re: Boating checklist

Postby Rockit » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:03 am

Doubt you could really move any BigM with paddles unless you were using them as poles. In the Ohio? Fugedabowedit.
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Re: Boating checklist

Postby ddependo » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:10 pm

Use your anchor line as tow line. Tie off to sampson post.
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Re: Boating checklist

Postby Fastjeff » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:59 am

..."Doubt you could really move any Big M with paddles "

Hah! I was exhausted after paddling my 12 footer a 1/4 mile back to the ramp after the battery terminal broke off (the dirty *~!^)

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Re: Boating checklist

Postby bcassedy » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:21 am

There's a scientific formula regarding the "get a paddle" notation.
Has something to do with mass / energy applied = results.....

Think it goes...
Big Boat (10,500 or more pounds) divided by "mere human" = "don't even think about it!" :lol: :lol:

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Re: Boating checklist

Postby Fastjeff » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:17 am

An amendment to your equation: The paddling distance is directly related to the distance one's boat is from the dock when it dies.

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