Departure Check List

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by STIHLBOLTS, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Boat - Things to check.

    1. Make sure the bilge plug is in. Tighten with wrench.
    2. Make sure Keys are in boat.
    3. Make sure battery is fully charged and working.
    4. Check radio. (Don't be one of those goobers that does a "Radio check Channel 16")...
    5. Make sure insurance card both regular insurance and towing insurance like Sea Tow or BoatUS. registration card on board and in dry place.
    6. Drive is up prior to travel.
    7. Bimini is laid down or secured.
    8. Check the Life Preservers - Are they in good shape and are there enough on the boat for the people on board. Make sure whistles are on each one.
    9. Check your flares. Make sure they are in date.
    10. Check your first aide kit. If you don't have one, get one..

    Trailer - Things to check.

    1. Check Tire pressure on trailer.
    2. Check Lights on trailer.
    3. Check Brake Fluid on trailer.
    4. Check for License plate on trailer. (Yea, sometimes they go missing and duh....we never even thought to look.) :smt017
    5. Check your safety chains. Make sure properly attached and crossed. If you have a lock for the tounge make sure it's secure.

    Trailer / Truck - Things to have with you.

    1. Can of "Fix a Flat"
    2. Small tool box
    3. Spare tire for trailer
    4. Extra bulbs for lights
    5. Trailer jack.
    6. Road side flares or reflective triangles.

    Truck things to check.

    1. Tire pressure - Make sure it's what it calls for.
    2. Tow ball. Make sure it is properly tightened. Remove and check it several times a year. Don't assume that because you put it on in the spring it has not come loose.
    3. Electrical wire harness.
    4. Got your trailer registration in the truck?

    Return trip: Putting everything away for next time.

    Boat:
    1. Remove bilge plug.
    2. Lower drive so bellows are vertical.
    3. Flush motor. (Run motor with water until reaches operating temps)
    4. Wash boat down. Dry off.
    5. Open all hatches to allow to dry.



    Trailer:
    1. Unhook and secure chains.
    2. Place light plug adaptor in safe place.
    3. Chock wheels.
    4.



    Truck:

    1. Wash truck.


    What else do we need to check?
     
  2. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Boat prior to pulling out of garage:

    Drive is up in trailer position
    Bimini top is down (don't even want to explain)
     
  3. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Richard great post but I think you need to edit and move some of the items under trailer to boat

    Add under trailer,
    Make sure lock and chain is off trailer wheels before moving it :smt021 :smt021 :smt021 Don't ask just glade it was the empty jet ski trailer and not the Sundeck Trailer :smt100
     
  4. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    ammended.....keep it going guys.... :thumbsup:
     
  5. osd9

    osd9 New Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    MidAtlantic
    2003 410DA
    Caterpillar 3126-TA w/ ZF 80-IV
    I got a flat once while trailering my 18 laguna......there are a few things that would have saved that day......a can of fix a flat, a spare for the trailer (with air) AND a jack to get the trailer up......I went the easy route and put a can of fix a flat in the trunk....

    A few other things I always carried were two 12" long pieces of 2 X 6........Needed them sometimes to get up some curbs without bottoming out the trailer. And you can never have enough bungees......there's always something that needs to be secured....Oh...and make sure the transom tie down's are secured for the road and removed before backing into the water....I also disconnect the light harness from the trailer when backing into the water.......
     
  6. Larry&Leisa

    Larry&Leisa Active Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Keystone Lake Oklahoma
    1999 330EC
    454's
    let someone know your float plans.
     
  7. Sea Gull

    Sea Gull Active Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    CT
    2015 L650 Fly #509
    CAT C-18, 1,150 HP
    How about checking that you have enough fuel, oil and coolant?
     
  8. PMvdb395DA

    PMvdb395DA New Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    Netherlands Europe
    360DA '03 6,5 kw kohler generator, AC, etc.
    Yanmar 315Hp diesels
    Take the boat keys with you!! :smt101

    Minor thing.....

    Peter
     
  9. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Active Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Shelton, CT
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    I would always start the boat at home first and make sure everything was OK. Check fluid levels, make sure there are no leaks in the bilge.
     
  10. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    You take the time to hook up the water hose and run the boat before departing? :smt017
     
  11. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Active Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Shelton, CT
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    Yup, would much rather find the problem in the driveway than at the ramp...
     
  12. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Not a bad idea. :grin:
     
  13. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Active Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Shelton, CT
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    A few times the kids (they are easier to blame) would leave the radio on or an interior light... :smt101

    A little story... (drain plug)

    Came in from an outing on a Saturday afternoon, we knew we were going back out on Sunday after church. Saturday we left everything as is when we got home. Sunday get to the ramp, while floating the boat off and tieing up to the dock, I hear a steady stream of water... I hop in the boat, open the hatch and water is pouring in... :smt017
    Get the boat back on the trailer and the drain plug is gone... :huh:
    I had another so not a big deal...

    Get back home from a great day on the water. I'm greeted by my father-in-law, who proceeds to tell me that I forgot to take the drain plug out yesterday, so he removed it... :smt021

    After a calm and polite... :smt014 don't ever touch anything on the boat... :smt018 taught me to look EVERY time!
     
  14. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Helpful in-laws. :smt101 I better leave it at that. :smt043
     
  15. searay sport

    searay sport New Member

    276
    Feb 21, 2007
    Ozark Missouri
    You might also add, if you have never owned a boat before, make sure you know all the ins and outs of the boat before you set off. We took the boat out for the first time yesterday, and I asked several times if I needed to do anything to start the boat. I was told no. It will start right up. Well it didnt. We had to pull the boat out of the water, and met a guy from the dealor down the road at a different launch ramp. The small thing they never told me was about the button to push so you can give it gas without it being in gear. I was a little ticked, but we got on the water and had a great time. Now I read something about flushing the engine out. How do I do this, and should it be done after every trip to the lake?
     
  16. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    SeaRay Sport you may want to make another posting about helpful information for a new boat owner and any questions that you may have. One piece of advise I think that is always offered to a new boat owner asking questions is you should read, re-read, and re-read your owners manuals that came with your boat. It will help to explain alot of the questions that a new boat owner will face. Like how to start, maintain, use, etc. Second I would suggest that you search CSR for topics and read and learn as much as you can on the board, third ask plenty of questions (best idea is to start a topic because not everyone will see questions buried in another posting) and you should be good to go.

    Example if you do a search for flushing you will find alot of information. Flushing is mainly for salt water boaters to get the salt out of the engine to properly maintain the engine.

    Sorry to hear about your trouble with starting the boat. I can not locate the posting but I made a posting the other day about it for someone that had I think a 200 sport. For us when we take the boat out for the first time on the weekend and it has not been started in a while. We usually have to use the neutral switch. First I try to crank without it. Second I hit the neutral switch and push the throttle to full throttle then right back to neutral and turn the switch. If it does not crank I do it again. Have never had to pump more than twice. Once you crank for the first time that weekend usually do not have to do it again just turn key and it will crank right up.

    Again though I would get very familiar with boat manuals that came with your boat. It will explain most of the new boat information that you are looking for but if you have a question about anything you read just post a topic and one of the people that have experience or have run into the same thing as you will respond with a posting about it.

    Two of the questions that I asked when I first joined SRO (which is no longer available) first one was about launching and reloading; the second was tips for docking and beaching. Both were the two things that made me nervous and every one went out of their way to make me comfortable with it.

    When you ask a question there is a good chance that someone else out there has the same question but has not asked. Everyone is here to help!!! :thumbsup:
     
  17. chazaroo

    chazaroo New Member

    415
    Dec 4, 2006
    Florida
    1996 Sundancer 250
    single 5.7 w Bravo III
    Garage door is open. :smt043
    Chazaroo
     
  18. Razbre

    Razbre New Member

    22
    Feb 8, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Nav charts, unless your in water that you know like the back of your hand.....
     
  19. surfinjoe

    surfinjoe New Member

    946
    Feb 23, 2007
    Michigan
    220 Sundeck 2007
    350 MAG w/Bravo III
    Boat things to check (prior to tailoring):

    - turn battery power to 'off' and/or lock the swivel on the capt's seat.

    (Long story about the seat swiveling while in-transit and the trim cycling to the full down position). Thanks again to skeg guard for saving me the cost of a new lower unit!
     
  20. Dotty Sea

    Dotty Sea New Member

    33
    Oct 6, 2006
    Our dealer told us we didn't need to flush the engine on our 185 Sport and we never have - we wash it down after each run - we are in salt water so we do it very carefully. Our manual told us HOW to flush but we were told several times there was no need. Should I go give our dealer and the mechanics a piece of my mind?
     

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