Accumulator - determine the location of the accumulators. Check how to charge them and check if the charger works. Make sure you know how to switch them on and check their potential. If they require water, check the level.
Fire extinguisher - make sure you know where they are and check the expiration date.
Fridge - plug it in and check if it works.
Control switch panel - check all switches and measuring instruments.
Kitchen – check that the full inventory of equipment is there (dishes, cutlery, pots, bowls, knives, sieve, etc.)
Lights - check lights throughout the boat, including navigation, manual lights, and cabin lights.
Engine - check that the engine starts easily. Make sure you hear the alarm whistle when switching the engine on and off. Also, the throttle lever should move smoothly. You could also ask how to change the belt in the engine, as well as the pump rotor for cooling (impeller). Other things you should find out include whether the engine can be started manually, where to check the oil level, and how to change the oil.
Small cupboards - make sure they close easily. You don't want them to open when the boat tilts.
Tools - are they adequate to carry out any repair work you might need to undertake?
Gas - check where the main valve is and check if there is a spare gas canister. Check that the canister is full and that there is a kit for changing it.
Bottom board - lift the board to check if there is any water.
Hydrographic chart and handbooks - make sure they cover the planned sailing area and are up to date.
Beds - before you set off, make sure there are enough blankets, pillows and bedding.
First Aid - check if the first aid kit is complete and adequate.
Life vests - are they suitable for your crew? Pay particular attention to children and overweight crewmembers.
Signal rocket - check the number.
Waste tank - make sure you know its capacity and how to empty it.
Valves on pipes - check the position and accessibility of the valves. In particular, look at the direction that each pipe is laid.
VHF station - switch the VHF station on to check that it works.
Toilet - check the function of the manual pump in the toilet.
Flags - are they too faded to use?
We supply a checklist whenever you take charge of a boat. This contains a list of equipment onboard.
Check this carefully before you set off.