1. Review passage plan for landfall, charts, cruising guides.
  2. Make sure you have written navigation directions and necessary/safe waypoints loaded into the GPS
  3. Develop Plan B for coming into harbour, if you don't already have one
  4. If it looks like landfall will occur in the dark, or crew is tired, consider heaving to WELL OFFSHORE and wait until morning.


  1. Begin coastal navigation routine
  2. Attach anchors to rodes and check the ground tackle
  3. Hoist the Q flag if appropriate
  4. Check the depth sounder/FLS, and/or ready the lead line
  5. Rig mooring lines and fenders or prepare anchor
  6. Ready the boat hook
  7. Turn on the engine, and check the transmission
  8. Disconnect the wind vane or autopilot
  9. Drop the sails

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