All of us tend to go down the work list and choose the things that are the most interesting or easiest, leaving the boring, difficult or nasty stuff until later (or never, in some cases). Prioritize the list, putting safety first. Safety-related items include many things that are not on a safety gear checklist: clean fuel filters, replace old or damaged ropes and rigging, check the navigation lights, check the operation of the bilge pumps, update electronic or paper charts, make sure the cockpit drains are clear, replace rusty anchor chain, check the accuracy of the compass – the list could go on and on, and it does.
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Priscilla Travis spends more than 110 days each year on the water, takes photos, and writes about nautical topics.