What we think you need to know when coming aboard our boat. Leslie did a nice post about what to expect, but this is the checklist Leslie and I try to run through when anyone is coming aboard for longer than just a visit. Any suggestions on things we’ve missed?
Up on deck
- Basics: getting on and off the boat safely
- Moving around: what you can walk on, hold onto — 3 points of contact
- Deck hazards: shoe policy, hatches, boom and any other hazard area
- Lines and winches: basic use and hazards to be aware of; do no wrap line; winch handles
- Lockers: where they are and the contents (Fender storage, cleaning supplies, safety equipment location, and gas)
- Tender: how it’s used
- Engine: turning it on/off and how to operate. Emergency turn-off
- Instruments and GPS: quick overview
- Teamwork: report any injuries, breakages, concerns or illnesses immediately
- Sun protection: hats, sunscreen
- Hydration policy: everyone must be seen to be drinking water throughout the day
- Sea sickness: symptoms, ways to avoid it, what to do if you get it
- Man Over Board (MOB): purpose of equipment, MOB procedure and MOB buttons, point at MOB
- VHF Radio: show how to turn on and follow instructions for MAYDAY call
- Flares: location, use and precautions
- Moving around: hand holds, slipping and companionway steps
- Hatches, locks and exits; dangers and making sure they’re closed at sea
- Lifejackets and harnesses: distribute, adjust and discuss when and where to wear
- First Aid Kits: locations, equipment, logbooks.
- Flashlights and search lights: locations
- Circuit board: overview of switches, how the electricity works, navigation lights
- Fire extinguishers: location and how they work
- Heads: how to use.
- Sinks/showers: how to use and how to clean up afterwards
- Water: Explain water is in short supply!
- Galley: location of everything, dangers (gas, slamming doors, burns) and how each appliance operates.
- Propane solenoid
- Cleanliness: everything needs to be put back from where it came from
- Garbage: general waste policies