Preflight Check list

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by kylehousley, May 17, 2010.

  1. kylehousley

    kylehousley New Member

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    My goal is that this is comprehensive.

    If it is then it may be of some help to sailors who get too excited and start forgetting things (myself).

    If it is not then additions would be very helpful.

    I am uploading the .doc file and I will post the text here. I am definitely looking forward to any additions or modifications. Sign and date if you like!

    Hook Up
    • Ball on Hitch
    o Check that it’s secure
    o Cotter Pin
    o Safety Chains
    • Connect Lights
    • Check centerboard
    • Check that ropes are still tight
    • Check that load is secure

    Remembering Necessary Parts

    • Drain Plug
    • Boom
    • Mainsail
    • Jib
    • Jib Sheets
    • Main Sheets
    • Cuddy Door
    • Drain Plug
    • All Blocks
    • Rudder
    At Launch Set Up
    1. Secure drain plug!
    2. Unplug lights!
    3. Untie towing lines
    4. Clear boom, jib and rudder from the hull
    5. Organize shrouds
    Board Boat
    1. Remove forward mast crutch (rethread wing-nut)
    2. Walk mast back and secure mast base in mast step
    3. Tie jib halyard with supplemental line or make some friends
    4. Step mast
    5. Pin forestay
    6. Mount boom
    7. Roll mainsail on one side of the boom in the hull
    8. Thread main sheet correctly – tie stop knot
    9. Place jib and rudder in hull
    Launch Boat
    1. Moor to the dock
    2. Park truck
    3. Main sheet is uncleated with slack
    4. Raise mainsail
    5. Pin jib clew
    6. Keep jib head snuffed, run jib sheets into cleats, tie stop knots
    7. Raise jib sail – tight!
    8. Set Cunningham
    9. Set vang
    10. Set outhaul
    11. Lower centerboard and clip it
    12. Hang rudder
    13. Tiller underneath traveler!
    14. Untie boat
    15. Sheet in and GO!

    Compiled By Kyle Housley
    May 17, 2010
    For
    Capri 14.2 Mod 2 Sailboat
     
  2. kylehousley

    kylehousley New Member

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    I forgot to upload the .doc, I guess I need a posting checklist too.
     

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  3. paulsheller

    paulsheller Administrator Staff Member

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    I've needed one of these for a long time! Thanks for posting this.
     
  4. kylehousley

    kylehousley New Member

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    Not a problem, it was for my own benefit but I had a suspicion that it would be worth sharing. Keep it in mind if you notice anything to add.
     
  5. gregwcoats

    gregwcoats Member

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    Two things that jumped out at me. Instead of inserting the pin, buy a pin that locks. Also buy a lock to the part of the trailer that fit onto the ball. Without these two locks, someone can back up to your trailer while you are out sailing, hook up to it and just drive off. Now you have two problems, your boat is stuck in the water and you need to buy another trailer.
     
  6. kylehousley

    kylehousley New Member

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    Thanks Greg, I will definitely look into it. I haven't been real impressed with the waterfront crowd.
     
  7. RC14A

    RC14A Member

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    Good list .

    Number 13 is a good one :D

    Sometimes I have my boat towed by a friends vehicle so I would add check for proper Ball size. Checking the trailer lights is a given but not your list too . How about adding check lugnuts and tire pressure especially if hauling any distance. I also dont see PFD's or oars on the list . an anchor can be a boat saver too .

    I have been trailering my boat with a tie strap that goes around the hull under the bunks and below the centerboard . I want to add a bunk for it to rest on and this is a temporary fix until then . I still cleat it in the up postion but if the line / block/ or cleat fails it wont drop on to the road.

    Rob
     
  8. kylehousley

    kylehousley New Member

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    i will post an updated list with the PFDs, I forgot that. I don't have an anchor personally The trailer checks are probably going to be biannual for me because my water is about 15 min away.thanks for the scrutiny.
     
  9. kylehousley

    kylehousley New Member

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    added trailer check and life jacket
     

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  10. gregwcoats

    gregwcoats Member

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    The hot light bulb in the trailer lights can blow out when it hits the cold water, I always unplug my trailer lights before backing into the water. Just remember to plug them back in before hitting the road after sailing.
     
  11. kylehousley

    kylehousley New Member

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    Yeah I never seem to have a problem remembering to plug them back in.
     
  12. RC14A

    RC14A Member

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    A couple more for the list ,

    Tools - I carry a pair of needlenose Vise-Grip pliers and a 6in1 screwdriver. A knife is handy also .

    Spare trailer light bulbs and fuse.

    Here in California we get asked for registration. I carry that in a plastic sealable freezerbag.

    Compass and or GPS , nothing like getting caught in the Fog .

    Flashlight - most of my sailing trips include a drive home at night.


    Rob
     
  13. daveturn

    daveturn New Member

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    Ditto on #13.

    Never thought about the trailer lights - have never unplugged them, but wonder why they do not short out in the water.
     
  14. paulsheller

    paulsheller Administrator Staff Member

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    Consider yourself lucky! Mine always short out!
     
  15. liketoboat

    liketoboat New Member

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    trailer lights

    Boat trailers are usually equipped with waterproof lights , not the normal utility trailer lights. Boat trailer lights are usually hollow on the bottom, but form an airtight bubble in the light housing when submerged (like an upside down cup) thus preventing the hot bulbs from coming into contact with the cold water as you are stepping on your brakes going down the ramp. Of course, waterproof lights sell for more money than the regular utilty trailer light kits, so when people replace them, they usually cheap out and put the wrong ones on. If you don't know what kind of lights you have, or don't trust the integrity of the air bubble, then just disconnect the connector to the car.
     
  16. KingJPW

    KingJPW New Member

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    Here is a description of my rigging procedure:

    Arrival
    • Unplug trailer lights
    • Release tie-straps
    • Release bungees on mast
    • Rig dock lines
    • TIGHTEN DRAIN PLUG
    Aboard Boat on Trailer
    • Walk mast back and position in base
    • Insert and thread mast base bolt
    • Step mast & Pin forestay
    • Unroll mainsail
    • Mount boom
    • Rig cunningham
    • Rig vang
    • RIG MAINSHEET CORRECTLY
    • Lash mainsail
    Around Boat
    • Rig jib and jibsheets
    • Lash jib
    • Mount rudder/tiller
    • Mount Johnson Motor
    Launch Boat
    • Lower into water
    • Release winch
    • Board boat
    • LOWER CENTERBOARD
    • Start engine and navigate to dock
    • Park car & trailer
    Prepare To Sail
    • Navigate to open waters
    • Set tiller upwind in irons
    • Main sheet is free
    • Raise mainsail
    • Set cunningham
    • Set vang
    • Set outhaul
    • Raise jib sail – tight!
    • Fill sails and GO!

    PS: Items in bold are from 'learning the hard way' :eek:
     
  17. c14_Jim

    c14_Jim Sailing on Shelter Bay

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    Pee Bucket

    My list is more like things to be sure I don't leave the house without;
    Bucket to Pee in
    Lunch in P-bucket
    Sun Hat
    Tools and spare parts
    Windex
    Pocket knife/leatherman
    Extra lines of various lengths
    Duct Tape
    Binoculars
    Rain gear if needed
    Chart
    Dry Clothes
    PFD's
    GPS
    And before stepping mast: afix Windex on top of mast.
    I also take a pencil and paper in my pocket to take notes on
    things to do on the boat that I discover while sailing.
     

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