List: Boater’s Pre-departure Checklist

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List: Boater’s Pre-departure Checklist

  • AM – FM Radio
  • Alternate Propulsion (paddles/oar)
  • Anchor and Tackle
  • Any Additional State Requirements
  • Backfire Flame Arrestor
  • Binoculars
  • Cellular Phone
  • Certificate of Documentation
  • Chart(s) of Area & Navigation Tools
  • Check Electrical System
  • Check Engine Fluids
  • Check Fuel Amount
  • Check Fuel System for any leaks
  • Check Galley / Heating Systems
  • Check Gauges (i.e. batteries)
  • Check for any excessive water in bilges
  • Check load of vessel and secure gear from shifting
  • Check the Weather Forecast
  • Ensure Anchor is ready for use
  • Ensure Boat Plug is properly installed
  • Ensure passengers know Emergency Procedures and Equipment Location
  • Everyone put on a Lifejacket to check for proper fitting.
  • Extra Clothing
  • Fenders and Boat Hook
  • File a Float Plan with family or friend
  • Fire Extinguishers (fully charged)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight & Batteries
  • Food and Water
  • Garbage Placard
  • Lifejackets (PFDs) – one for each person
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Manual Bilge Pump or Bailing Device
  • Marine Sanitation Device
  • Mirror
  • Mooring Lines and Heaving line
  • Navigation lights
  • Navigation rules
  • Oil Pollution Placard
  • Proper Ventilation
  • Search Light
  • Sound Producing Device(s)
  • Spare Battery (fully charged)
  • Spare Parts (fuses, spark plugs, belts, etc)
  • Spare Propeller
  • Spare Propeller
  • State Numbering Displayed
  • State Registration Documentation
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Test Bilge Pump
  • Test Marine Radio (voice call)
  • Test Navigation and Anchor Lights
  • Test Steering (free movement)
  • Test Tilt / Trim
  • Throwable PFD
  • Tool Kit
  • VHF Marine Radio
  • Visual Distress Signals
Boater’s Pre-departure Checklist
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