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January 2017 tips - Pre-departure checks

Getting on a yacht and sailing into the sunset sounds so great, but before the sailing can commence, a few checks should be done, to ensure that everyone is safe on board.

I found a great article about pre-depature checks.

Source: http://www.teamwindcraft.com/yacht-maintenance/  

Yacht Maintenance – Pre-Departure Checks

It really is worth taking a few extra minutes to check your boat over every time you go sailing. It’s a great way to get to know your boat and spot any problems while you’re in the safety of the marina berth.

Here’s a basic pre-departure checklist for harbour sailing: 

  • Do you know how your yacht works, including emergency steering and valve locations?
  • Check the current weather forecast
  • Check engine fluid levels and engine bilge for contamination
  • Check fuel level and glass bowl filter for any contamination
  • Check battery levels and voltages
  • Check bilge pump operation and bilges for fluids
  • Check fresh water levels, filter and pump operation
  • Operate seacocks
  • Check navigation lights and VHF radio
  • Stow loose items
  • Is the LPG bottle turned off?
  • Brief any new crew about using winches, moving around on deck, where safety items are and how to use the head
  • Walk around on deck and check boat hook, anchor, shackles and halyards
  • Start engine and check exhaust water and gear operation before you drop the mooring lines
Be safe and enjoy the sunset.
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