Pre-Cruising Checklist

To-Do list for checking your boat and gear prior to going cruising!

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Ensure you have a clean fuel supply 
Maintain the engine cranking battery and circuit in tiptop condition 
Upgrade the house electrical system for off-the grid cruising 
Run a capacity test on older batteries to make sure they will hold up for the length of the cruise 
Inspect, service and beef up as necessary the steering gear and autopilot 
Close up any water entry points and reinforce windows and portlights as necessary 
Inspect and “exercise” all through-hulls, seacocks and attached hoses 
Clean the bilges, ensure bilge pumps are in good working order, and install a damage control pump 
Have at least two fresh water tanks and a spare water pump; switch tanks when half empty 
Ensure the navigational electronics are fully protected from the weather and any water ingress; carry back-ups 
Tie down or otherwise secure all loose objects with special attention to batteries, dinghies and outboard motor gasoline tanks 
Service all safety gear and ensure it is accessible