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.)
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.
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.
1. Unhook and secure chains.
2. Place light plug adaptor in safe place.
3. Chock wheels.
Richard great post but I think you need to edit and move some of the items under trailer to boat
5. 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.
6. Check your flares. Make sure they are in date.
7. Check your first aide kit. If you don't have one, get one..
Add under trailer,
Make sure lock and chain is off trailer wheels before moving it Don't ask just glade it was the empty jet ski trailer and not the Sundeck Trailer
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.......