Sailing Off-Shore Cruising Check List

What follows is a checklist used for sail cruising.  It was originally written for a 56′ ketch in the Caribbean.  It is being modified for a 44-50′ multi-hull and is actively being changed.

Disclaimer: this cruising check list is not complete, specifics will need to be adjusted based on the type of yacht, area and length of cruise, amongst other considerations.
  1. Clothes
    1. Dinner jacket (1) for putting on under your wet suit for those James Bond entrances
    2.  Nice pants/button down shirts (2)
    3. 2-3 pair light weight pants (2-3)
    4. 3-4 pairs swim trunks (3-4)
    5. Expedition Gortex Jacket (1)
    6. Foul Weather Gear (bib/pants and jacket and hood)
    7. Running (2) shorts and (2) shirts and (8) socks
    8. Shade Hats (2)
    9. Thermal Pants and Long Sleeve Shirt (climbing and land adventures)
    10. Wind Stop Pants and Jacket
    11. Winter Cold Weather Ski/Hike/Trek Clothes
    12. Winter Gloves
    13. Wool Socks
    14. Foul Weather Setups for each crew member
    15. Aqua socks
    16. H20 proof sandals
    17. Leather designer sandals
    18. Sperry topsiders
    19. Tennis shoes / Hiking shoes
  2. Emergency Equip
    1. Certified life raft (6-8 person) Givens
    2. Class B EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
    3. IR camera
    4. Delta Drogue
    5. Emerson suit
    6. Fire extinguishers in galley, engine room & cockpit or salon
    7. Flare Gun and extra flares (perhaps second if in high risk areas for defense)
    8. Loran / Satnav / GPS
    9. PARA-TECH Sea Anchor
    10. Auto pilot / wind vane
    11. Radar Reflector
    12. Radios:
      1. VHS Radio
      2. SSB Radio
      3. Portable VHS (Waterproof)
    13. Reinforced Cockpit dodger
    14. Deck line for going forward in rough seas
    15. Harness with clip for rough seas
    16. Strobes (Hand held or on life vests)
    17. Life vests and safety harnesses
    18. Heaving lines
    19. Horns
    20. Man overboard flag / life ring or horse shoe.
    21. Marker dye
    22. IR camera
    23. PARA-TECH BOAT BRAKES
    24. Pumps, bailers and buckets
    25. Signal mirror
    26. Whistles for the crew (neckless too, worn during crossings)
  3. Ground Tackle
    1. Chain
    2. Rode
    3. Hooks:
      1. Heavy weight bow anchor CQR (perhaps Rocna)
      2. Mid weight bow anchor (lunch hook)
      3. Stern anchor
      4. Dingy anchor
    4. Grappling hook
    5. Mooring hook (telescoping)
    6. Bridle
    7. Spare swivels, shackles and binding wire
    8. Speedo swimming glasses for checking bite of hook if in clear water
  4. Deck
    1. Boarding Ladder
    2. Deck broom
    3. Deck squeegee
    4. Deck hose and high pressure nossle
    5. Vacuum (shop vac/floor vac with less metal and more plastic for rust prevention)
    6. Galley broom and dustpan
    7. Galley wet mop (swisher type with rags)
    8. Wash Rags
    9. Clothes Pins
    10. Laundry detergent
    11. Bounce (good for many things on a boat)
    12. Plastic (rain resistant) Laundry bags
    13. Stainless Steel cleaner
    14. Glass cleaner
    15. Sponges for dishes
    16. Oil/diesel cleaner for engine room and power plant
    17. Deck bucket and rope
  5. Docking / Shore Visits
    1. Docking lines
    2. Fenders
    3. Shore power cords
    4. Shore hose
    5. Dry back pack sack
  6. Dingy
    1. Lock w/ steel cable lock and locking hatch compartment
    2. Lead line and stern line
    3. Dry sack for inside seat or v birth hatch
    4. Dingy anchor
    5. Dingy tool kit for engine includes spare spark plugs and tools
    6. Dingy cushions
    7. Dingy tow line
    8. Paddles
  7. Galley
    1. Plates / bowls
    2. Salad bowls & tongs
    3. Glasses & cups (plastic)
    4. Coffee/tea cups
    5. Stainless steel water thermos (2 per person)
    6. Cutlery / knives / spoons / forks and serving forks & spoons
    7. Can opener / wine opener / large scissors / meat thermometer
    8. Pots / Pans / Pasta cooker
    9. Coffee Espresso maker Nespresso or other substantially plastic model
    10. Blender / vita mixer
    11. Toothpicks / drinking straws / birthday candles / matches / lighters
    12. Aluminum foil / Plastic Wrap / Paper towels
    13. Ziploc bags quart, gallon and body bags
    14. Trash bags
    15. Scent stick ups
    16. Non skid counter mats
    17. Fruit hammock to hang fruit / banana hook
    18. Small and large cutting board
    19. Pot scrubber with soap dispenser
    20. Dish towels (mirco fiber for general cleaning, windows and floor)
  8. Salon
    1. Blankets / Pillows
    2. Video and Music hard drive
    3. Candles & lighter
    4. Electronic Mosquito Racket
    5. Games: cards, cribbage
    6. Books
  9. Fishing
    1. Rods, Reels
    2. Lures, Hooks
    3. Line
    4. Stantion mount for reel
    5. Weights
    6. Gaff
    7. Fillet knife and board
  10. Navigation
    1. Anchorage books
    2. Binoculars
    3. Charts (paper)
    4. Chart tools: protractors, circ slide ruler, dividers, parallel rulers, etc.
    5. Chart software
    6. Compass: Hand Bearing and ship compass
    7. Flags
    8. iPad applications installed on multiple ipads and macs
    9. Pens, Pencils and erasers
    10. Pilot Charts
    11. Watches
    12. Reduction Tables
    13. Sextent
    14. Ship’s log, note books and jotting paper.
    15. Short wave receiver (to set the watches by, tune to WWV 5,10,15 and 20 Megahertz for the time ticks).
    16. Tides, tables, etc.
    17. Watches (Back up)
  11. Marine Electronics
    1. Anemometer
    2. Radios (VHF, SSB)
    3. Barometer
    4. Auto Pilot
    5. Sat Nav / GPS
    6. Radar
    7. IR camera
    8. Sat Phone
    9. Wireless amplifier
  12. Medical Supplies
    1. This list is large and so not shown here
  13. Personal Items
    1. Books, reading material
    2. Camera
      1. Waterproof digital
      2. Cannon G15 and underwater houseing
      3. Nikon D5100 w lenses
      4. GoPro, housing and mountings
      5. Tripods (large, small and wraps)
      6. Flashes and slave flashes
    3. Head lights / flashlights (be sure have red light night mode)
    4. Spare batteries
    5. Computer: mac book pro
    6. iPads, phones
    7. Hats & bandanas
    8. Toilet items:
      1. Toothpaste & brush, hair brush, tweezers, etc…
    9. Sun Glasses (Two Pairs Corona Del Mar per person)
  14. Rigging (standing and running rigging)
    1. Assorted lines, cables, webbing shock chord, Velcro.
    2. Assorted snap hooks, SS shackles & fasteners.
    3. Blocks and tackles (w/ assorted spares)
    4. Bolt cutter to handle largest of standing rigging
    5. Bosun’s chair
    6. Cotter pin and stainless wire kit
    7. Dacron straps
    8. Grappling hook
    9. Mast steps to lower spreader
    10. Assention and repelling gear w/ harness
    11. Rigging knife and stone
    12. Radar reflector
    13. Turn buckles
    14. Winch handles (spares as well)
    15. Wind feathers
  15. Repair Supplies
    1. Emergency underwater epoxy.
    2. Fiber Glass repair kit with glass, resins and hardeners
    3. Hose clamps
    4. Sail repair kit for each type of sail material
    5. Spare lights for running lights, anchor light indoor lamps
    6. Gelcoat repair kit
  16. Spares
    1. turnbuckles
    2. winch handles
    3. Cotter pins (stainless steel)
    4. Seizing wire (stainless steel)
    5. Bilge pumps
    6. Engine filters for oil, fuel, air
    7. Outboard spark plugs, fuel filter, oil filter (if one)
    8. lamps and LEDs
    9. Filters for water maker
    10. Filters for GENSET (oil, fuel, air)
    11. Exchange pump parts
    12. A/C & Heater parts
    13. Drive system parts
    14. Zincs
    15. Nuts and bolts (stainless or brass)
    16. Hose clamps and spare hoses
    17. Disposable mix cups for epoxies and glasses and stirring sticks
  17. Sails
    1. Drifter / Spinnaker
    2. Heavy cruising main appropriately reefed for heavy weather
    3. Heavy working jib
    4. Screecher
    5. No. 1 & 2 Genoas.
    6. Storm jib
    7. Sail Covers
  18. Consumables
    1. Air Conditioning: filters, freon
    2. Autohelm: belts or hydrolic fluid
    3. Batteries: AA, AAA, C, D, 9V
    4. Battery conditioner
    5. Bilge pump parts:impeller, seals, spare pump
    6. Cotter pins, standing rigging parts, pulleys, travelers, glides, etc.
    7. Dingy engine, steering, anchor, oars
    8. Engine: oil filters, water filters, belts, fuel filters, glow plugs, hoses, etc.
    9. Fuses
    10. Gen Set: filters,
    11. hoses and screw clamps
    12. Nail kit
    13. Patch kits for any inflatable’s n water craft
    14. Refer / Freezer: seals, pumps
    15. Screw kit: wood, sheet metal and bolt kit
    16. Silicon, electrical tape, duct tape, masking tape, painters tape
    17. Stuffing boxes
    18. teflon, 3in1 oil, greese, and other lubricants
    19. Tiewraps
    20. Toilet: pumps, seals and hoses
    21. Water maker: filters
    22. Zincs: engine and hull
  19. Tools:
    1. Allen and torx wrenches
    2. Assorted glues
    3. Assorted screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and dykes
    4. Axe & crow bar
    5. Bolt / wire cutter
    6. Drill/sawzall/circular saw/sander plus: Charger and total of 3 batteries
    7. Fiberglass kit (surfboards and boat): Glass Cloth, Epoxy, Resin and Catalyst
    8. Files, chisels and hammers
    9. Flashlights and head lights
    10. Flexible tong grabbers
    11. Hand drill and bits and ez outs
    12. Industrial razor blades and box cutters
    13. Lacquer thinner and other solvents
    14. Large vise grips, several types
    15. Lots of duct tape, electrical tape
    16. Nuts, bolts & nails
    17. C-clamps and band clamps
    18. Pliers: needle nose, vise grip and channel locks
    19. Rope clamps (2 will do the job of one nircopress).
    20. Stainless Steel wool
    21. Scratch awl and punch set
    22. Screw driver set
    23. Silicone caulk
    24. Small vise grips
    25. Sockets and wrench set
    26. Spanners
    27. Sparkplug wrench & gapper
    28. Vise
    29. Volt meter & continuity tester
    30. WD 40
    31. Wire cutters
    32. Wood saw, hacksaw and blades
    33. Wire lugs and spades and misc electrical parts
  20. Toys
    1. Mask & Snorkel & Fins
    2. Hooka /  Scuba / float / flag
    3. Kayak & paddles and seats and lock
    4. Paddel Board & paddles and lock
    5. Surfboards:  Short board & long board & wax & fins & repair kit
    6. Water skis & rope & flag
    7. Climbing and caving gear

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