People who have sailed are familiar with the usual preparations required to take the boat out for a (day) sail. You make sure there’s enough fuel, food and water and check all the safety gear, you take the sail bag off, start the engine(s), check the VHF radio and cast off by undoing and storing dock lines or by picking up and securing the anchor. You raise the sails and there you go, ready for some enjoyment on the lake, the bay or the ocean.
Ready to go! © Liesbet Collaert
Even though Mark and I have been living and cruising on Irie for over four years, our routines before leaving a harbor include some preparation as well, each and every time. We haul the dinghy and strap it tight, check the engines for any leakage, know the diesel level, write a log entry upon departure and arrival, go over the charts, plot a course, untie the boom, center the main, take the sail bag off, tidy the interior and exterior, secure loose items, close all hatches and the thru-hull of the toilet, take off instrument covers, install the handheld VHF outside, push all the cabinet knobs, take off the snubber and get ready to lift anchor and go. This process takes less than half an hour and we go through it religiously and simultaneously, as a well-oiled machine and perfect team.