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  • Check-on Date

  • Prepared by

  • Location

Do First (in order)

  • Turn on batteries: engine, house, bow thruster, stern thruster

  • Parallel switch OFF

Shore Power Disconnect

  • Do these steps in order to minimize electrical hazard risk.

    This is part of "do first" because you must be disconnected from shore power to ensure the battery meters reflect accurate charge. However, if you plan to spend more than 30 mins at the dock stay on shore power until shortly before departure, and perform battery check then

  • Shipside AC main breaker off

  • Shore AC breaker off (on dock pedestal)

  • Disconnect shipside power plug

  • Bringing cable along?

  • Disconnect shoreside plug

  • Stow cable in cockpit lazarette

  • Neatly stow on finger pier

  • Shipside inverter outlets will function without A/C main being turned back on

DC Power and Heat

  • Check Voltage (Battery 1)

  • Check Voltage (Battery 2)

  • Check Voltage (Battery 3)

  • Turn on any needed DC circuits at panel

  • Turn on diesel heat, if using

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

  • Frost or ice in engine compartment?

  • BE VERY CAREFUL. Consider not starting engine or engaging in close inspection of running engine before getting underway to ensure no raw water or coolant leaks

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

  • Describe fluid (color, viscosity, etc.)

  • Excess water in bilge?

  • Oil dipstick is on the port side of the engine. It is red. It has a little clip, which you need to unhook to pull it out. When you put the dipstick back, it must click in or the engine will leak oil when running

  • Check oil (optional but recommended)

  • Add oil

  • Check coolant level (optional but recommended)

  • Add coolant

  • Cooling system seacock open

  • Check / clear strainer

  • Inspect belts and alternator

  • Other issues? (Describe in notes)

Helm controls and data

  • Ignition live (if not already) but don’t turn engine on yet

  • Ignition must be live prior to turning on chartplotter, or chartplotter will not read engine data

  • Remove and stow instrument covers

  • Turn on chartplotter

  • Turn on VHF

  • If VHF is not on with any splash screen errors cleared, AIS will not function

  • Turn on autopilot

  • Bilge alarm ARMED

  • Engine hours (Volvo panel)

  • Fuel gallons remaining (Garmin estimate)

  • Physical logbook entry (date, skipper, time, location, engine hours)

Do Before Departure

Prep Cabin for Departure

  • Unplug and stow electrical heater below salon table

  • Unplug and stow electrical heater in head

  • Stow loose items in cabin and galley

Visually Inspect Dinghy

  • Fully inflated (top, bottom, and front are firm)

  • Dinghy pump (large and yellow) is in starboard lazarette. The pump has a pressure meter, and inflation specs are listed on the inflation ports. The dinghy has 3 inflation ports. Inflating the dinghy before departure is important both for safety and to prevent damage.

Prep Flybridge for Departure

  • Remove canvas

  • Remove instrument covers

  • Ensure throttle set to neutral


  • Turn on ignition (start/stop button)

  • Thrusters on

  • Release lines and depart!

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