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Before leaving the boat

  • On Deck
    • As needed, rinse the deck, brightwork, and metal with fresh water
    • Ensure that headsail is furled and secured, cover is hoisted, and jib sheets are tight
    • Replace cowl vents
    • Confirm the mooring line is on and tied off
    • Ensure the main halyard is attached to the deck fitting, not the head of the sail
    • Stow winch handles in little deck boxes
    • Ensure the engine key is off and removed
    • Lash the rudder
    • Tie a lateral line to the aft end of the boom to prevent it from swinging
    • Remove tension from the hydraulic backstay
    • Ensure all flags are stowed
    • Place and secure canvas covers on forward hatch, jib furling line hole, mainsail, cabin (including cushion), aft hatch, and backstay

  • Below Deck
    • Check that the head is clean and empty
    • Confirm all hatches (3) and port lights (2) are closed and secured (at least with bungees)
    • Ensure the sink seacock is closed
    • Remove all trash from the boat
    • Sweep/wipe all cabin, kitchen, and cockpit surfaces as needed
    • Ensure all circuit breakers are off

  • Complete log entry, including:
    • Date and time
    • Fuel level (push the black button on the engine panel)
    • Engine hours (digital display in the tachometer)
    • Name of person making the entry
    • Description of trip, including destination, route, weather
    • Anything else the next skipper should know (repairs needed, issues, etc.)

For the dinghy before leaving the marina

  • scrub floor
  • freshwater rinse
  • wipe salt residue from motor surfaces
  • Stow motorboat key in lockbox on dock

After every few trips

  • deck
    • scrub the decks
    • remove scuff marks from transom and aft hull
    • freshwater rinse exterior above the waterline
    • flush soot and dirt from toe rails
  • head
    • drain holding tank then flush it a few times
    • scrub/wipe all surfaces
    • clean drain pan and grid
  • bilge
    • scrub with brushes and rinse
    • clean bilge well of any particles
    • remove all slime and debris from pump strainers
  • kitchen
    • clean stove and oven
    • clean sinks
    • clean countertops
  • main cabin
    • wipe/scrub all wood surfaces with murphy's wood soap (diluted)
    • wipe/scrub ceiling with simple green (diluted)
    • wipe/scrub hatches and mast with simple green (diluted) to remove salt residue
  • dinghy
    • scrub bottom of dinghy