VESSEL PREPARATION CHECKLIST
Several weeks before the intended delivery voyage, please ensure that your vessel is seaworthy, is properly equipped and carries the appropriate tools, spare parts and safety equipment. This will help to ensure a safe, timely and trouble free delivery.
If possible, avoid having any major work done before the delivery, or allow sufficient time for any settling in problems to show. Please check all items on the below list and fix well in advance of departure.
Ensure watertightness of hatches, portholes, cockpit lockers, rudder post, stern gland/seal, through hull fittings (anywhere that water can enter the boat) etc. Sound all bilges and check for any water ingress. Ensure all sea cocks and through hull fittings can be closed and work. Have wooden bungs on hand for emergencies. Clean hull below waterline (for better vessel speed and less fuel consumption).
Suitable anchor and sufficient chain plus suitable spare anchor, chain and rode. Shackles and fittings moused. Ensure correct operation of anchor windlass and ensure wiring is in good condition.
Check chain, lines, blocks, hydraulic lines, oil reservoir level, ram(s), oil bypass valve (where fitted) and all connections. Ensure emergency tiller arm or alternative arrangement is operational. Align twin rudders. Confirm auto pilot operation.
Preferably (but vessel age and condition dependant) have rig inspected by professional rigger, and signed off. At minimum, check all standing and running rigging - stays, shrouds, chainplates, mast fittings, swaged terminals, turnbuckles and masthead fittings. Ensure all sails, halyards and sheets seaworthy (check for chafe and stitching), reefing arrangements work well, winches (service if needed) and winch handles, pole system and furling headsail system.
Should be serviced (recent service within a few weeks ok) - oil change and filter, fuel filter(s), impellers, belts etc. Ensure engine mounts are sturdy. Check coolant level and cleanliness. Start/stop procedure. Ensure batteries charging and gauges and alarms working. Check fuel tank and filters for any signs of algae growth (clean and replace filters if any found). Clean raw water strainers, check siphon break and adequate raw water discharge.
BILGE / FIRE SYSTEM
Manual bilge pump working. Electric bilge pump(s), strum boxes, float switches, non-return valves, ball valves and alarms all working well. Fire and bailing bucket(s) on board. Fire pump and hose working and in good order.
Preferably, have electrical and charging system checked by a professional and signed off. At minimum, check batteries in good condition - holding charge, secured, terminals secure and electrolyte level (fill to level if needed). Ensure battery charging system is working. 240V Inverter operational. Check breakers, emergency parallel switch(es) and meters. Check navigation lights, deck lights and compass light. 12V cigarette lighter outlet working.
Please ensure that your yachts safety equipment meets the requirements as set out by state authorities for all states that vessel may enter. These are published on their websites. Have a 'grab bag' (i.e. waterproof container) ready with essential items. A general checklist is as follows:
Inflatable life raft. Ensure in service test date and properly installed. Check manual and hydrostatic releases (check expiry date).
Suitable lifejackets (i.e. SOLAS, Coastal or PFD type 1) with self-activating light, whistle and reflective tape - enough for all crew members.
406MHz EPIRB. Check expiry date and test unit. Must be registered in the name of the owner with AMSA.
Flares. Check expiry dates and sufficient quantity - 2 red hand, 2 orange smoke and 1 parachute flare as minimum.
Fire extinguishers. Ensure in service test date, fully charged and accessible.
Fire blanket. Ensure in service test date, good condition and accessible.
Fire / bailing bucket(s).
Weatherproof torches (i.e. Dolphin) plus spare batteries.
Comprehensive first aid kit, with manual.
Sea anchor, plus sufficient rode (approx. 10 x vessel length).
Jacklines and harness(es) where appropriate.
Inflatable dinghy/tender (if carried). Check serviceability, air pump, bilge arrangements, oars and patch kit.
Outboard motor (if carried). Check in good working order. Life rails in good order.
Any equipment that cannot be serviced or does not work needs to be replaced.
NAVIGATION AND INSTRUMENTS
Check ships compass (and light), chart plotter operation and correct GPS fix, calibrate depth sounder (know if calibrated for under keel clearance), check RADAR operation, wind instrument etc. RADAR reflector beneficial.
Preferably, have radio(s) operation checked and signed off by a professional. At minimum, perform radio check on ships VHF an handheld VHF(s) (to a station outside of visual range) and HF (where fitted).
Fill gas bottle - check gas appliances operation and check alarm. Fill fresh water tanks - check fresh water system operation and clean pre-filter. Extra fresh water containers / bottles of fresh drinking water. Fill fuel tanks (add fuel conditioner if used) and extra fuel containers as needed. Empty holding tanks. Check toilet operation and toilet paper. Check fridge(s) operation. Ensure adequate supply of spare lines, mooring lines and fenders. Boat hook. Fresh water hose with connections/adaptors. Shore power connection.
We generally provision the vessel with food for the trip prior to departure. Please feel free to put some food on the vessel if you wish. Have adequate cooking utensils - plates, bowls, cutlery, pots, pans etc.
If vessel has sufficient bedding and linen (pillows, sheets, blankets/sleeping bags, towels etc) and is ok for crew use, that's great. If not, we will supply.
Please carry a good set of tools onboard that includes the following as a minimum:
Set of spanners - open end and ring
Set of screwdrivers (Phillips and flat)
Socket set (metric and imperial)
Hex (Allen) key set
Pliers (flat and needle nosed)
Hack saw and blades
Stanley knife and blades
Battery operated drill (and charger) and drill bits
Large and small shifting spanners
Tools for electrical work - wire crimpers, multimeter, lighter etc.
Funnel and filler spout and/or jiggle siphon