Ensure that your boat has what it requires and not what it shouldn’t, to produce your trips safe and fun. Doing this 1 job as soon as your boat gets into the water could save you gas money, keep you safe, and make your boating more enjoyable.
Be sure to …
take inventory of what’s aboard from last season and what items you’ll need to bring from storage, replenish from your home and/or purchase. We’ve done this for many years and it works.
It’s recommended to have a complete check list of your inventory so that you can check off the things you have and make note of the thing you need to bring from various locations. That you don’t wish to miss or overlook anything. If you do not have an inventory, consider making one to make use of in 2010 and next. It will make it so much simpler next year.
Make a checklist of whatever you need to have on your own boat supplies . Utilize this checklist every Spring. Each time you put it to use, make it a more complete checklist. This may make inventorying your boat faster and easier…and since the checklist is in some recoverable format and not in your face, it becomes a task you are able to delegate.
No two boats and no two Boaters are the same. With respect to the size and form of your boat in addition to what kind of boating activities you do, your list can vary significantly from other boaters.
Following are some suggestions of areas and items for your check list:
- Check the helm for electronics, charts, binoculars etc. Check the cockpit seats and storage areas for buckets, mops and cleaning supplies.
- Make sure you have the mandatory safety equipment for your size and form of boat— fire extinguishers, flares, jackets, flashlight, bailing bucket, bilge pump, horn, ring buoy, heaving line, flares and other safety equipment. Notonly could it be law to have the required safety equipment for your boat, nonetheless it is also wise practice to possess it in case you need it. It’s safer for you and your crew.
- Check the galley for cutlery, dishes, pots and pans etc. Make sure you have all you need for your type of boating so that you don’t get caught in the midst of meals and not need a corkscrew for the wine or a can opener for the beans. Make note of or remove any old food, soap etc. from last year.
- Check the head for head chemical, cleaning supplies etc.
- Check the room for bedding, clothes etc.
- Check your supply of bug repellent, fly swatters, rain gear and netting.
- Check you canvas. Are the pieces accounted for?
- Check the engine compartment for your supply of oil, spare parts and tools.
- Sailors need certainly to also check their inventory and condition of sails, running rigging, standing rigging, blocks, winches, etc.
- Fishermen would pay close attention to their supply of fishing gear.
- The cruising crowd would check anchors, anchor lines, ice chests and other equipment and supplies related to traveling.
- Cottagers should ensure they’ve ski ropes, skis, boards, extra lines and bungies for securing loads, etc.
- For boaters who trailer their boats everywhere they’re going, important items to inventory are trailering supplies like tie downs, spare lights, wiring, trailer ball etc.
Boaters who endure an extended cold winter have a custom of stripping their boats at the end of the boating season and then restocking them at the start of the next boating season. You will find great advantages to this ritual come Spring:
- Maximizes space by purging and thinning out items that aren’t really needed aboard.
- Decreases your fuel consumption and cost by removing unwanted weight (like a supplementary case of oil).
- Avoids frustrations and problems developed by missed or misplaced items when you take inventory and know everything you have onboard.
- Enjoy your limited boating time more since there won’t be any bothersome missed details.
So, this week, ensure you have an Inventory checklist for your boat–AND USE IT.