This is a departure checklist for an offshore or ocean passage.


  1. Check thru-hulls, hoses and clamps
  2. Check rigging and sails
  3. Check winches
  4. If appropriate change oil, replace fuel filters and check engine per schedule
  5. Check maintenance schedule and do any other overdue items
  6. Check inventory and buy necessary spare parts, batteries, etc.
  7. Provision for all non-perishable items
  8. Do passage planning
  9. Check electronics
  10. Check all safety equipment
  11. Check jacklines
  12. Fill butane bottles 
  13. Track weather to identify window
  14. Fill up with Diesel
  15. Fill water tanks
  16. Do laundry


  1. Provision for perishables
  2. Clear out of customs and immigration
  3. Take down awnings
  4. Haul and stow the dinghy and outboard motor
  5. Check navigation lights
  6. Charge the handheld VHF
  7. Check deck tiedowns
  8. Review weather forecast
  9. Radio checks on VHF and SSB
  10. Top up fuel and water tanks and jerry jugs
  11. Check engine oil and coolant
  12. Check Generator oil and coolant
  13. Put snap shackles on gas locker latches
  14. Make up sea berths with sheets and pillows and rig lee cloths
  15. Stow everything below except what's needed during the passage
  16. Stow the secondary anchor and cover their chain hawses
  17. Ensure everyone is allocated a life jacket, & lifeline and that they are armed and fit
  18. Ensure everyone is familiar with the location and operation of the safety gear
    1. Liferaft
    2. Life-jackets & rules
    3. EPIRB's, Flares & Fog-horn
    4. Dan-buoy, Lifebuoy & Throwing Line
    5. Bilge pumps & buckets
    6. Fire extinguishers & fire blanket
    7. Jackstays
    8. Wooden bungs & window boards


  1. Ensure cockpit cover and support hoop are stored
  2. Unlock the life raft
  3. Put valuables in the Grab Bag
  4. Review weather forecast
  5. Fill thermoses with hot water
  6. Prepare passage food
  7. Make galley & Gas sea-ready
  8. Secure the table leaves
  9. Bring out Life Jackets and tethers
  10. Fit the dan-buoy/Life buoy, Rescue Buoy and Throwing Line
  11. Uncover the compass and remove instrument covers
  12. Check bilges
  13. Close and secure hatches and portholes
  14. Reset GPS Trip Odometer
  15. Check on deck and ensure ends of all lines are secured
  16. Remove any halyard ties
  17. Ensure Guard Rail gateways are closed
  18. Prepare Q flag and new courtesy flag
  19. Hoist the Ensign
  20. Bring out Log, charts, and Navigator s Notebook
  21. Ensure the General, motor, bow thruster, & winch breakers are on (Battery Locker)
  22. Turn on the VHF and put remote in cockpit
  23. Turn on GPS & Chart plotter, AIS & instruments etc.
  24. Make departure entry (all except time) in the Deck Log
  25. Turn on the engine & check water is coming out.
  26. Up anchor, unmoor, or leave the dock

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