1. Depending on the type and condition of your boat, establish a pattern that you repeat regularly shortly after you get under way. This helps you to not forget items.
2. Even if you’re sailing you should also check anything that could give trouble. Remember that there are often immense stresses on rigging when your sails fill.
3. Continue making periodic checks throughout the trip. When running under power look into the engine compartment regularly. Sniff and listen.
4. Check also before you leave dock or anchor. Again, what you do depends on the type of boat you have, but if you establish patterns consistent with your boat and its needs, you’ll be less likely to forget items.
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