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kegoangoango
Link to this postPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:32 am    Post subject: Note Pre-charter checklist

Our typical charters are 3-days, 2-nights from Kemah, which Walker knows is hardly "chartering". Therefore, there's not of pre-charter checking occurring.

With the help of you and other sites on the internet I put together this pre-charter checklist.

What am I missing or really don't need?


Exterior Walkaround
Obvious above water damage
Obvious deck level damage

Rigging/Deck
Boat Hook
Forestay taut
Spreaders taut
Backstay taut
Mast/cleats secure
Windlass/Breaker
Test (6-8' down/up)
Rode/Chain (marked?)
Anchor (weight)
Spare anchor?
Furling lines/drum
Sheets
Dock lines
Furling lines/drum
Emergency tiller
Wind scoops
Fuel fill location
Water fill location
Fender storage location
Fenders (#?)
BBQ Grill
Shore power cable
Shore power plug location

Misc
Stereo
TV
Cell phone
Snorkeling gear
Wifi

Galley
Faucets
Bilge pumps
Water heater
Propane location
Propange level
Gas shutoffs
Fire extinguishers
Flares
Binoculars
Flashlight
Freshwater pumps
Stove procedures/working
Oven procedures/working
Fridge procedures/switches
Cool?
Freezer procedures/swithces
Cold?
Other Appliances
Dishes (inventory)
Utensil (inventory)
Dish towels (#?)
1 roll paper towels
Clothespins
Cleaning tools
Broom
Dust pan
Deck brush
Mop
Nav tools (dividers,compass, etc.)

Electrical
Breakers
Ligths
Interior
Nav
Inverter (breaker)
Alternator(s)
DC outlets
AC outlets
AC amp load meter
Battery state meter
Battery charge rate meter
Battery charging procedure

Engine
Oil check
Coolant check
Transmission check
Belts
Manual shutoff
Intake strainer
Tools
Spare Oil
Spare Transmission fluid
Spare coolant

Cockpit
Wheel (port/starboard) smooth
Depth log
Speep log
VHF
Compass Error Chart
Winches smooth
Winch handles (2)
Start Engine
Smooth
Water flow
Transmission
Forward
Reverse
Mainsail (Unfurl/furl)
Genoa (unfurl/furl)
Cockpit cushions
Throw ring

Cabin
Key
Linens (2) per cabin
Towels (4) per cabin
Adequate Pillows
Blankets
Storage
PFDs
Tool Kit
Seacocks
Locations/Operations
Manual bilge pump

Water
Level
Capacity
Gauge
Fill Location
Key
Tank switching procedure
Pumps
Bow Head/Shower
Faucets
Shower Sump
Test Head fully
1 full roll paper
Aft Head/Shower
Faucets
Shower Sump
Test Head fully
1 full roll paper
Breakers
Deck shower

Fuel
Level
Capacity
Gauge
Deckplate Key(s)

Air Conditioning/Generator
Thermostat procedure/location
AC breaker
Generator breaker
Generator fuel cutoff
Generator oil level

Dingy
Fuel Level
Anchor
Oil
Cable/Lock
Oars
Painter
Air Pump
Bailing bucket
Kill line
Starts
Shifts forward
Shifts reverse
Tilt
Water flow

Paperwork
Boat Documentation
Curising permits
National Park Permits
Charts
Guides
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:40 am    

Generally you should get an impeller kit for both engine and generator.

A set of wooden plugs that fit the various hoses and through-hulls is also a good thing to have.
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kegoangoango
Link to this postPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:18 am    

Twanger - Noted (but I hope I never need them!)
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:25 am    

I've used both over the years! yikes

Last charter we had a frozen through hull fitting (frozen only 20% open) feeding the AC units. They kept overheating.

We cut the hose, and then next to the thru-hull we hose-clamped over a wooden plug, because of course we couldn't shut the fitting off.

Next we re-routed the hose to another through-hull that was working (for the stbd head) - viola - AC functional again.

We had to flush the head in that hull using a gallon jug of salt-water for the rest of the trip, but at least we had AC!
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kentth
Link to this postPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:45 pm    

Here is a copy of my check list:

Dinghy
Fuel Level
Oil
Start
Spit water
Forward
Reverse
Tilt
Wrist Set
Safety Line
Anchor
Air pump
Air Pressure
Cable/lock
Oars
Painter
Bailing Bucket

Rigging

Winch handles #

Standing rigging
Head Stay
Back Stay
Shrouds
Spreader
Top lift
Boom Vang

Halyards/Sheets tied off
Main Sail
Halyard
Sheet
Reef points
how

Fore Sail
Halyard
Sheets
Sail/tails
count
repair kit

Windlass
handle #


Deck
Boat hook
Cockpit cushions #
Water
key
filled
Fuel
key
filled
Fenders #
Furling lines
Count

Drum

anchor windless electric
reset
Manual
Chain
marked
Spare
Windless
Controls
reset
Manual

Manual Bilge
Location

How works

Dock lines
Count
need min 4
Throw Ring
Emergency Tiller
location
how to get to
Wind Scoops
location
Count
Engine
Oil
location
level
extra
Coolant
location
level
extra
Transmission
location
level
extra
works

Belts correct ?
extra
Manuel cutoff

Tools
inventory

Raw Water filter

Fuel
gauges
level
Intake Strainer
location


Water Systems/Heads
Tanks
Switching
Location
Valves
count
location


Pumps
count
location

Sumps
count
location


Head
Switches

Pumps

Holding Tank
Switches

Breakers
Main
panel

Level gauges


Deck Shower
Cutoff

Faucets
Bilge pumps float?
count
location
how work
water heater
location
shutoff
water level
# of gallons

Thru Hulls
count
location
plugs

Cabin
Keys
lock
Lines
# of sets
pillows
Towels
Count
Storage

PFD's
Count
First Aid Kit

Electrical
Breaker Panel
location
Master
Location
Inverter
location
breaker

Alternator
Charge meter

12V dc outlets
count
location


110 VAC outlet
count
location

AC amp load meter

Battery start on
location
dedicated for Starting
Fluid level
charge level

lights
location
switches
work

Shore power cables


Galley
Propane locker
location
Spare tank

Gas cutoffs

Fresh water Pump
location

Refrigeration
Switches
Condition
drain
Appliances
(test) Stove
Oven

Dishes/Utensils
Inventory

Safety Equipment
Fire Extinguisher
Location
Charged
Flares
Location
Date
Bucket/Brush

Navigation/Instruments
GPS

Depth log
calibrate
Wind indicator

Speed log

Depth gauge position
bottom of keel?

Radio location
how works

Cell phone

Stereo

Radar cone

Auto helm

Documentation
Boat

Cruising permits

Charts

Problem sheet

Weather
double check

check with staff

procedure for call in

radio frequencies

I have this in a spread sheet and check it off as I go.

Kent
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mthomas
Link to this postPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:13 pm    

could you attach your spread sheet?
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kentth
Link to this postPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:38 pm    

Don't see a way to do an attachment. Send me a PM with your email and I will email it to you

Kent
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sail2wind
Link to this postPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:24 am    

impellers are not cheap and boat specific. Spending an extra $100 on something you probably will have no use for, is kind of a waste. do most charter guests even know how to change an impeller. I have heard people who call chase boats for the easiest self fixes.
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:40 am    

We changed out an impeller on a generator a few years back.
It was nice to have it available on-board.
That said, it's the only one we've changed out in 30 years, so they must not fail very often.
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sail2wind
Link to this postPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:06 am    

We have used 2 in the last 4 years. The first time the boat was on the hard for 4 months and dried up, burned up on start up, my bad. Took me 3 hours to get the pieces out of the hoses leading to the heat exchanger, what a PIA. We now moisturize the impeller on start up.
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:18 am    

Yikes! That's a bummer.

I'm getting too old and heavy to be climbing around in small spaces, trying to hold my weight on unforgiving fiberglass with the same arm that's got the screwdriver in it. These jobs are best suited to midget contortionists with a degree in Diesel mechanics. Very Happy

Ugh.

The impeller we changed happened to be in a generator which was located down in a large cockpit locker where you could only see the bolt heads with a hand-held mirror. Of course we also had to pull off the hose to the get the pieces out of the grating in front of the heat exchanger.

It's great training for owning boat someday though. hairy Or maybe an activity to convince you not to buy one. rofl
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