About the App
This is a sailboat briefing checklist of things to go through before setting sail. Make sure you’re not caught off guard without a necessary item once you’ve set sail. Ensure that you’re always prepared for that chartered cruise. Make sure your deck equipment, safety supplies, emergency equipment and below deck supplies are covered before setting sail. This list can be deployed across your entire fleet of boats and staff to ensure that every customer has the best experience. Maintain consistency no matter where the boat is rented or chartered.
Check weather report and tides/currents
File a float plan with someone you know. Tell them where youʼre going and when you intend to return (and what to do if you don’t).
Identify second-in-command in case of skipperʼs incapacitation
Acquaint crew with the location and operation of Coast Guard required safety items if fitted:
Identify incremental recommended gear if fitted:
Demonstrate engine shutdown technique
Check bilges and pump dry if water is present
Before engine is started
Once engine is started
Upon leaving the harbor, store a “go home” waypoint on the GPS
While on the water
Drink responsibly—especially if you are the skipper!
Be weather aware
Know the location of the nearest harbor or protected anchorage
Monitor fuel consumption and remaining range
Monitor VHF radio Channel 16 for emergency traffic
Know the waters in which you are navigating
When you return to the dock
Moor boat correctly with bow, stern, spring lines and fenders
Pump holding tank. Add holding tank treatment
Always-on loads (automatic bilge pump, alarms, clocks) are on
Non-essential loads (running lights, VHF, stereo, etc.) are off
Shore power cable is connected and protected from chafe
Logbook has been filled out, signed, and dated
Close float plan by calling person whom you originally contacted.