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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    Engine(s)
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Posts
    1,991

    Departure Check List

    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.)
    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?
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
    http://www.condo.eworldz.com/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Charlotte, N.C.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2006 185 Sport
    Engine(s)
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Posts
    3,916
    Boat prior to pulling out of garage:

    Drive is up in trailer position
    Bimini top is down (don't even want to explain)
    Wesley
    2006 Sea Ray 185 Sport; 4.3L 190HP
    Alpha One
    Charlotte, North Carolina


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    North GA Mountains
    Boat
    Sea Ray (Everything else is Just a Boat)
    Details
    Looking For Next One
    Engine(s)
    Looking For Next One
    Posts
    7,693
    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

    Previous Boat:
    2006 240 SunDeck, MS Judy, 350 MAG BR3
    North GA Mountains http://www.ssg-i.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    Engine(s)
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Posts
    1,991
    ammended.....keep it going guys....
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
    http://www.condo.eworldz.com/

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    MidAtlantic
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2003 410DA
    Engine(s)
    Caterpillar 3126-TA w/ ZF 80-IV
    Posts
    4,892
    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.......
    Later,

    Dom



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Keystone Lake Oklahoma
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999 330EC
    Engine(s)
    454's
    Posts
    1,648
    let someone know your float plans.

    Previous
    '00 Odyssey 21' 'toon
    '94 370EC
    '06 240SD

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2015 L650 Fly #509
    Engine(s)
    CAT C-18, 1,150 HP
    Posts
    1,249
    How about checking that you have enough fuel, oil and coolant?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Netherlands Europe
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    360DA '03 6,5 kw kohler generator, AC, etc.
    Engine(s)
    Yanmar 315Hp diesels
    Posts
    1,165

    Re: Departure Check List

    Quote Originally Posted by STIHLBOLTS
    Boat - Things to check.

    What else do we need to check?
    Take the boat keys with you!!

    Minor thing.....

    Peter


    360DA 2003 Yanmar "oil burners" 315HP

    "Outsider"

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Stratford, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1988 300 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    Twin FWC 5.7 Mercruisers
    Posts
    2,619
    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.
    ~Mark~
    "Sea For Two"
    1988 300WE Twin FWC 5.7's
    Shelton, CT

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    Engine(s)
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Posts
    1,991
    You take the time to hook up the water hose and run the boat before departing?
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
    http://www.condo.eworldz.com/

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