I remember back when we started cruising, we constantly forgot critical stuff. Things like securely stowing everything on the galley counter before going for a sail, only to hear a “crash” as the first gust hit. It wasn’t that I didn’t know to do it. I’d just always forget something.
Checklists, cheatsheets and reminders are now a way of life for us. A few examples:
- Our Before Moving Boat checklist is absolutely critical for us. Even after cruising 14 years, there is usually something I would have forgotten if I didn’t look at it. Get a FREE editable copy here along with four other helpful documents.
- We put notes on pieces of tape and post them where we look “all the time.” For example, the date that we changed a filter next to the on/off switch for the equipment. Gallons of fuel remaining and engine hours next to the engine key. We keep a maintenance log as well, but these are good quick reminders.
- While out cruising – and away from stores, like when we are in the Bahamas – we keep a running list of supplies and parts that we’ve used, so that we’ll buy them all when we can. We also keep a list of projects that need to be done when we have better access to parts.
Two of The Boat Galley’s Amazon products started out as simple cheatsheets: the Handy VHF Guide (Amazon) began as a list of channels to use/not use and grew from there as I’d scribble more and more info in the margins; the Outboard Troubleshooting Guide (Amazon) started as some notes I made for a friend who didn’t want to drive the dinghy solo because she didn’t know what to do if wouldn’t start and grew each time I passed it on to another friend.
What checklists or cheatsheets do you use? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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