Jamie Cameon, owner of Denebola No. 60, has produced this useful checklist which will be of value to other boat owners.

"Did I turn the gas off?"

"Did anyone lock the forehatch?"

That sinking feeling when you are halfway home on a Sunday evening and you can't quite remember whether you left your boat properly secured. At times we all forget things but a checklist will help to minimise the risk. I've attached my own personal version which you can download and adapt to your own preference. If you sail alone then you have to do it all... but do make sure that everyone knows which jobs are theirs. If you have suggestions for improvements please contact Jamie through:

jgcameron@hotmail.com

Jamie can also send you a word version of the table below on request so that you can customise it for your own use!

Areas To Check On Deck

Secure MOORINGS fore (and aft)

Take down ENSIGN & BURGEE

Stow FORESAILS in correct Sailbags

Cover MAINSAIL

Lash TILLER midships

Below (Forward) Tidy FOREPEAK

Close TOILET SEACOCKS (Check level in bowl)

Close and lock FOREHATCH Below (Main cabin)

Tidy MAINCABIN (Washing up done? Bedding away?)

MASTER SWITCH OFF and KEY HUNG UP

Check BILGE is dry

Empty KETTLE WATER required?

Remove RADIOS and other Electronic gear

Close the CURTAINS

Cockpit Stow AUTOHELM

Switch off GAS

CLOSE ENGINE SEACOCK

REMOVE ENGINE KEY AND KEY HUNG UP

Fill DIESEL TANK to rim and turn FUEL TAP TO OFF.

Check CAR KEYS & WALLET, MONEY etc.

Put GOING ASHORE GEAR on Deck

FUEL Required?

Finally Close and lock MAINHATCH

Fit COVER

Load DINGHY

Take RUBBISH ASHORE

Last LOOK around and THANK THE CREW!
The 'about to go home' checklist