Do First (in order)

Adjust and secure lines and fenders

Bow line

Stern line

Two springlines

Inspect lines for wear and tag any issues

Adjust fenders if/as needed

Shore Power Reconnect and AC Panel

Do these steps in order to minimize electrical hazard risk

All shipside "AC Main" breakers off, incl. "AC Main" (panel in cabin)

Connect shipside power plug

Shore AC breaker off (on dock pedestal)

Connect shoreside power plug

Ensure there is enough slack in the AC cable so that it is not stressed as the boat moves. Route either over midship cleat or at the bow bow, not at stern)

Shoreside breaker on

Shipside "AC Main" breaker on

Verify AC power ("AC Main" breaker LED green)

Turn on "Eng Heater"

Turn on "Water Heater" (helps keep water supply from freezing)

Turn on "Fwd Outlets"

Turn on "Salon Outlets"

Check that "reverse polarity light" is OFF


Reset trim tabs (do before opening engine compartment)

Do Next (any order)

Inspect engine and engine compartment

To open engine compartment, press rocker switch just inside main cabin door. Note that the two engine compartment toggles must show the red dot (unlocked) or the compartment will not open

Fluids (non-water) in bildge? (Please include photo)

Describe fluid (color, viscosity, etc.)

Other issues? (Describe in notes)

DC Power and Diesel Heat

Turn off diesel heat (Webasto panel power button)

Diesel heat should be turned off at least 5-10 minutes before turning off batteries, to allow the diesel heater time to cool down

ALL DC circuits off

Helm controls and data

Replace instrument covers

Engine hours (Volvo panel)

Fuel gallons remaining (Garmin estimate)

Complete physical logbook entry (time, location, engine hours)

Turn off chartplotter

Turn off autopilot

Turn off VHF

Prep Cabin

Place larger cabin fan heater below table; plug in and turn on (setting 3, thermostat to middle)

Plug in fanless electrical heater in head; prop head door open with curtain

Stow any other items taken out during cruise

Take out trash if full or any items that will spoil/smell

Empty fridge of perishables

Turn off stereo and replace stereo cover

Water tank level

Consider refilling for the next operator

Secure Flybridge

Instrument covers


Exterior / Cockpit

Washdown (if salty) -- CLOSE HATCHES FIRST

Empty cockpit fridge of perishables

Stow cockpit seating and bow seating

Canvas covers: back bench, two side benches, table, cockpit throttle control

Hatches and Windows

Hatch in head opened to "vent" (this will still be locked, but cracked open)

All other hatches closed

Windows closed

Final Check

Cabin heater running

Lock cabin

Turn off all batteries: engine, house, bow thruster, stern thruster

Confirm battery parallel switch OFF

Close and latch cockpit door

Final inspection of docklines and fenders

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.