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Boat Safety Checklist

A boat safety checklist is used by skippers to ensure that their boats, crew, and passengers leave and return to the port safely. Customize this checklist according to your country or state-specific Coast Guard requirements. Have an in-depth inspection of a boat's parts. Capture photo evidence of physical boat defects and instantly alert marine technicians. Have a centralized database of all records and avoid piles of paper-based records.

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Boat Safety Checklist

Boat's Details

Boat's License Number

Hull Identification Number

Port of Embarkation

Port of Disembarkation


Have I checked the latest weather report and tides/currents?

Have I filed a float plan?

To whom did I share it with?

Attach screenshot/picture of the float plan (optional)

Have I identified non-swimmers?

Have I identified a second-in-command?


Have I diligently accomplished the Boat Safety Equipment Checklist?

Have I shared with the crew and passengers the location of the safety equipment?

Have I demonstrated the engine shutdown technique?

Have I checked bilges and pump dry if there is water present?

Before Engine Start

Did I run the blower for at least 4 minutes? [Only applicable if gasoline is inboard]

Have I checked lubricating oil?

Have I checked fuel level?

Did I make sure buzzers sound on engine panel?

Engine Start

Have I checked the cooling water and oil pressure?

Did I try to fit and attach the kill switch lanyard?

On The Water

Have I familiarized myself with the waters I'm navigating?

Am I using VHF radio weather channels to continuously be alert?

Do I know where the nearest harbor is?

Where is it?

Am I monitoring fuel consumption?

Am I ready to lend assistance in case of emergency?

Return to the Dock

Have I moored the boat correctly (with bow, stern, spring lines, and fenders)?

Did I ensure snubbers are in place, and lines are protected from chafe?

Did I pump the holding tank?

Always-on loads (automatic bilge pump, alarms, clocks) are on?

Non-essential loads (running lights, VHF, Stereo, etc) are off?

Is the shorepower cable connected and battery on?

Have I filled-out, signed, and dated the logbook?

Have I called the person I shared the float plan with?




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