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!

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.