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Make sure your boat has what it needs and not what it shouldn’t, to produce your trips safe and fun. Doing this 1 job the moment your boat parts goes into the water could save gas money, keep you safe, and make your boating more enjoyable.

Make sure to …

take inventory of what’s aboard from last season and what items you need to create from storage, replenish from home and/or purchase. We’ve done this for many years and it works.

It’s recommended to truly have a complete check list of one’s inventory so you can check off the items you’ve and make note of things you need to create from various locations. You do not desire to miss or overlook anything. If you do not have a list, consider making one to make use of in 2010 and next. It is likely to make it so easier next year.

Produce a checklist of whatever you have to have on your own boat. Utilize this checklist every Spring. Every time you utilize it, allow it to be a far more complete checklist. This can make inventorying your boat faster and easier…and because the checklist is in writing and not in your head, it becomes an activity you are able to delegate. 

No two boats and no two Boaters will be the same. With regards to the size and type of your boat in addition to what kind of boating activities you do, your list may vary significantly from other boaters.

Following are some suggestions of areas and items for your check list:

  1. Check the helm for electronics, charts, binoculars etc. Check the cockpit seats and storage areas for buckets, mops and cleaning supplies.
  2. Ensure you have the required safety equipment for your size and type of boat— fire extinguishers, flares, jackets, flashlight, bailing bucket, bilge pump, horn, ring buoy, heaving line, flares and other safety equipment. Notonly can it be law to truly have the required safety equipment for your boat, however it is also common sense to have it just in case you need it. It is safer for you personally and your crew.
  3. Check the galley for cutlery, dishes, pots and pans etc. Ensure you have all you need for your style of boating so you don’t get caught in the center of dinner and not have a corkscrew for your wine or a can opener for the beans. Make note of or remove any old food, soap etc. from last year. 
  4. Check the pinnacle for head chemical, cleaning supplies etc.
  5. Check the bedroom for bedding, clothes etc.
  6. Check your way to obtain bug repellent, fly swatters, rain gear and netting.
  7. Check you canvas. Are the pieces accounted for?
  8. Check the engine compartment for your way to obtain oil, spare parts and tools. 
  9. Sailors have to also check their inventory and condition of sails, running rigging, standing rigging, blocks, winches, etc.
  10. Fishermen would pay close attention with their way to obtain fishing gear.
  11. The cruising crowd would check anchors, anchor lines, ice chests and other equipment and supplies related to traveling.
  12. Cottagers should ensure they have ski ropes, skis, boards, extra lines and bungies for securing loads, etc.
  13. For boaters who trailer their boats everywhere they’re going, important what to inventory are trailering supplies like tie downs, spare lights, wiring, trailer ball etc.

Boaters who endure an extended cold winter have a tradition of stripping their boats at the end of the boating season and then restocking them in the beginning of the following boating season. There are great advantages to the ritual come Spring:

  • Maximizes space by purging and thinning out items that are not really needed aboard.
  • Decreases your fuel consumption and cost by eliminating excess fat (like an additional case of oil).
  • Avoids frustrations and problems produced by missed or misplaced items whenever you take inventory and know everything you have onboard.
  • Enjoy your limited boating time more because there won’t be any bothersome missed details.

So, this week, be sure you have an Inventory checklist for your boat–AND USE IT.

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