Author Topic: Check Lists  (Read 8548 times)

Offline walknbob

  • Global Moderator
  • Chief Officer
  • *****
  • Posts: 1298
  • 24'5" Jumbo
    • WalknBob's J24 Tolman
    • Email
Check Lists
« on: June 16, 2008, 10:17:36 PM »
I am in the process of creating some check lists. I am breaking it down into

Pre-launch check
Safety items
Spare parts and tools
Boating equipment
Camping/Fishing gear

Here is what I have so far for a Safety Items List

  PFDs, min 4 with lights and whistles
  Emergency signal kit - pistol/flares, hand held flares
  Throwable floats with rope
  Boarding ladder
  Radar reflector
  Drift sock
  First aid kit

 Ditch bag  (water proof bag w/ floating tag line)
   Handheld gps
   VHF radio
   Signal mirror
   Fire starter
   Emergency shelter
   Space blanket
   Leatherman tool
   Larger knife
   Small pot
   Energy bars

Any others care to offer your list(s) for the rest to peek at?
« Last Edit: June 16, 2008, 11:18:50 PM by walknbob »
WalknBob aka Bob Southwick - Depoe Bay OR

Offline kiwi les

  • Boson
  • ****
  • Posts: 404
    • Email
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2008, 11:17:13 PM »
tell someone what your intentions are befor you leave!


Offline walknbob

  • Global Moderator
  • Chief Officer
  • *****
  • Posts: 1298
  • 24'5" Jumbo
    • WalknBob's J24 Tolman
    • Email
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008, 11:20:16 PM »
tell someone what your intentions are befor you leave!

Ahh yes, a trip plan

Here is a link to good info on that topic
« Last Edit: June 17, 2008, 09:14:13 AM by walknbob »
WalknBob aka Bob Southwick - Depoe Bay OR

Offline AlasKen

  • Chief Officer
  • ********
  • Posts: 1337
  • Eagle River, AK
    • Build photo's on FishyFish
    • Email
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008, 10:23:31 AM »
I got a spot. It sends a predefined message for each of 3 situations. 

I'm OK It sends a message that you set before hand to email or text messaging addresses that you set up on the site.  This message also sends a Google Map link so you can see exactly where the message came from.  This is cool when you allow your son to take the boat out for the first time.  I get a map showing where he was.  He tries to send a message each time they catch a fish.

HELP This goes to a different set of email addresses and a different message.  I set this up with a couple of friends that I trust to make good decisions.  My message says I need some help but it is not life threatening.  Again a map as well as Lat and Long numbers are included in the message.

911 This message goes out to your HELP email list as well as a command center.  The command center is supposed to immediately call the coast guard if the call came from water or local 911 if from land.  This is for life threatening situations.

The main reason I got it is because my wife asked me to so I could send "I'm OK" a couple of times when I am out by myself.  Sending it with my son is a bonus.  Alaska is on the edge of it's area but it has sent every message I asked it to.  Worked well in Homer and Seward.

Here as an example of the email sent by my son.  I am giving up a fishing spot here

 All is well.  We are enjoying the Alaska outdoors. View the link to see where we are.
Nearest Location:not known
Distance:not known
Time:06/10/2008 03:25:19 (GMT),-149.3899&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

I don't think this should take the place of a PLB or an EPIRB but it is better than nothing.  It is not cheap but made a nice fathers day present.  The device was $149 and the service is $99 a year.  Supposed to work anywhere you can use a satellite phone and a GPS.
Kenneth Dodson
Crystal Dawn
24' Jumbo

Offline tolman_paul

  • Chief Officer
  • ********
  • Posts: 1322
    • Ukverun Consulting LLC
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2008, 11:41:38 AM »

Pretty much everything you've listed, with a small first aid kit in the ditch bag, and cold water survival suits for everyone.

Costco has some really nice first aid kids for $20 and change.  I picked one up for the truck and brought it with us to halibut cove.  Needless to say we had a few scrapes and splinters. Not only does the kit seem to have everything you need, there is also first aid information.  For those of us that aren't emt's, a pretty good setup.  I bought another one for the truck and left that one on the boat.

Oh yeah, I have a beach towel and spare sleeping bag that stays on the boat.  If God forbid somebody goes for a swim, then can be dried off and put in the bag to warm up.

Offline RHDodd

  • Able Seaman
  • ***
  • Posts: 239
    • Working Theory Studio
    • Email
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2008, 08:53:28 PM »
Consider some containers of fresh drinking water. If you have to ditch, there is a good chance that sea conditions may have caused nausea and vomiting which in turn lead to dehydration, which in turns leads to reduced reasoning skills . . . which lowers the odds of survival.

A $700 ambulance ride to the emergency room after a really bad day of tuna fishing off San Diego taught me this first hand. And a Coast Guard helicopter flight to the Queen Charlotte Islands hospital for my wife (plucked from a life raft in a storm in Hecate Straights) is all the proof we need the bad stuff really happens on the water.

All the comments I have read so far are good and not to be taken lightly.

Russ Dodd
Portland, Ore

Offline guldam

  • Administrator
  • Captain
  • *****
  • Posts: 1514
    • Email
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2008, 09:38:22 PM »
Here's a list I use... it changes depending on what kind of trip I'm taking.


Offline JMB

  • Third Mate
  • *****
  • Posts: 532
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008, 02:32:14 AM »
Message from newbie:
Add water/soda to emergency list
solar blanket
vinigar for jellyfish bites.
and if lobstering...emergency knife sheefed to calf, just in case you are hauled overboard.
emergency shutoff, just incase you fall overboard.
+ everything that is hauled to the beach.


Offline RayBrown

  • Deckhand
  • **
  • Posts: 42
    • Back Porch Boat
    • Email
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008, 08:57:19 PM »
Don't forget the 406 EPIRB with GPS.  Remember to fill out the registration so the call center can check up on you with your contact list.
They can really speed up a rescue effort because the responders will know it is real.

Also cold water boaters might consider Mustang work suits when things could get out of hand in a short time or just to stay warm.

We have our beach towels vacuum-bagged (use a seal-a-meal, large bag) and in the ditch bag, so they're ready and dry if we need them.

The trick is to not sink the boat or boating budget with all the safety gear.



Offline David Nolan

  • Captain
  • *********
  • Posts: 2842
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2009, 10:53:28 AM »
Here's mine... we use some of it for offshore....  it looks like a lot but its really not that much.  The biggees in weight are 1 - fuel, 2- ice, 3- people, 4 - tackle, 5 - batteries, tools and other junk...  if you aren't going to take the ice, why go???  anyhow...

Tolman Skiff Required
All crew know the boat operation, aux motor, GPS and Radio functions.
 Main Engine
Spare Battery 
Emergency Pull starting rope, can do this - easy to pull Honda!
Back-up Engine
   Separate fuel tank and line, new fuel
   Separate starting (Manual - pull start)
   2 Cycle oil and funnel
    Plan for 4 mpg, (1/3 out, 2/3 back rule), boat gets 3.5-3.75 mpg (function of speed and weight) actual
VHF Radio Icom M402 with Shakespeare Centennial
Raytheon 5W Handheld VHF, spare batteries (ditch bag)
Cell phone (inshore use only), Globalstar (offshore emerg)
WAAS-GPS Chartplotter with offshore charts loaded
Silva hunting compass (backup)
   Laminated Chart (backup)
Life jackets
chem Lightsticks
 fire extinguisher
Flare gun and assorted flares (ditch bag)
Class B EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
Imersion Suit or substitute
Sea Anchor
1100 gph Sahara Bilge pump
Hand bilge pump (backup)
Bleach bottle bailers - works better and faster than pumps!
Heaving line - use launch line
Boarding ladder?? Not required, easy to get back aboard from overside
Main Anchor and rode, 15 lb Danforth, 6 ft chain, 400' 1/2" line,
Backup, 12 lbanchor with 6 ft chain and junk nylon rope
Cutlery,  Fillet knives, bait knife, clam knife, bait board
First Aid
fresh water in plastic bottles
Prescriptions/medications etc.
Bandages and Band-Aids.
   Spare glasses
Foul weather gear / slickers
bean bag chair
Assorted screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers.
vise grip
Sparkplug wrench & gapper.
Duck TAPE, nylon cord,elec tape
Hook File
S.Steel wool.
Jumper Cables
Radar reflector - don’t have yet
Hose clamps and fuel line
life raft  (attached to ditch bag and surv suits)
battery spot light, wired flood lights, navigation lights, flashlights, lightsticks (flashlights and lightsticks in ditch bag)
Rods, reels, hooks, lures, weights, gaff.
Tackle checklist
Rods, reels, hooks, lures, wire, gaff, harpoon, fish gaff, net sinkers, split shot, leaders, etc etc etc
Coolers and lots of ice
Sandwich, zip lock and garbage bags.
Aluminum foil (wrap some around a fender, hoist it up on a halyard and you've got an emergency radar reflector).
clothes pins
Toothpaste & brush.

Float Plan

2. DESCRIPTION OF BOAT. TYPE ______________ COLOR______________

TRIM___________________ REGISTRATION NO._________________________

LENGTH___________ NAME____________________ MAKE________________

OTHER INFO._________________________________________________________

3. PERSONS ABOARD____________________________________________________


_______________________ _______ ________________________________

_______________________ _______ ________________________________

_______________________ _______ ________________________________

4. ENGINE TYPE_____________________________ H.P.________________________

NO. OF ENGINES______________________ FUEL CAPACITY_________________


PFDs___________ FLARES_____________ MIRROR___________________

SMOKE SIGNALS_____________ FLASHLIGHT____________ FOOD____________

ANCHOR_________ RAFT OR DINGHY______________ EPIRB_________________

6. RADIO YES/NO TYPE_______________ FREQS.____________________________

7. TRIP EXPECTATIONS: LEAVE AT________________________________(TIME)

FROM_____________________________ GOING TO_____________________________

EXPECT TO RETURN BY______________________________________(TIME) AND IN

NO EVENT LATER THAN__________________________________________________

8. ANY OTHER PERTINENT INFO._____________________________________________

9. AUTOMOBILE LICENSE__________________________ TYPE_____________________

TRAILER LICENSE__________________________________ COLOR AND MAKE OF


WHERE PARKED_______________________________________________________

10. IF NOT RETURNED BY____________________________(TIME) CALL THE

COAST GUARD, OR_______________________________(LOCAL AUTHORITY)

TELEPHONE NUMBERS_______________________________________________

Offline gakonasteff

  • Able Seaman
  • ***
  • Posts: 120
  • Lucky Dog
    • Email
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2009, 12:14:48 PM »
these lists are very helpful, what about some baling wire? many uses for it!

Offline gmclain

  • Second Mate
  • ******
  • Posts: 921
  • 22' widebody
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2009, 05:43:00 PM »
I keep an assortment of ty wraps in my tool bag. Lots of uses for repairs or just to hold something out of the way.

Offline dldobler

  • Able Seaman
  • ***
  • Posts: 240
  • Moonbeam Widebody 21-6
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2009, 11:41:16 PM »
Good lists and wisdom.  I'm goinfg to laminate a pre-start checklist like commercial airplanes have.  Learn from my experience:  spare prop, shear pin(if your unit uses one), and a spare cotter pin for the crown nut.
"He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea."

Offline JMB

  • Third Mate
  • *****
  • Posts: 532
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2009, 02:15:51 AM »
Anyone know where Jon Berger and his 20' open Standard is?  Pictured on a beach in the tropics.

Offline kchace

  • Second Mate
  • ******
  • Posts: 826
  • Brookline NH
Re: Check Lists
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2009, 09:38:25 AM »
  In addition to engine spares and bulbs, tywraps, ductape and wire can fix a lot of stuff.

  Add to that a COMPLETE set of prop hardware. If that prop ever fell off one would likely need all of the hardware that holds the prop on AND any thrustwashers, etc. (and a spare prop!)

Ken Chace
The Lucky C
25' Jumbo