We use checklists for a lot of different things related to Elvin Ray. We have a pre-move checklist when we are getting ready to trailer her somewhere. Before we launch, we have a checklist. We have maintenance checklists, project checklists, and a few others.
When you‘re getting ready to head to the lake or even a longer trip to the coast, there is a natural tendancy to want to get moving. When you’re ready to launch the boat, there’s a desire to move quickly. These tendencies are why we use checklists. Miss one item on the list, and it won’t be the end of the world, miss others and it makes for a really bad day. In the end, it makes boating more enjoyable for us.
In order to be efficient with the lists, we use the Notes app on our iPhones with a shared note that allows us to both work with the checklist simultaneously. Generally, we have our headsets on and call out the items to each other.
We start on the inside, working our way outside and around the boat.