Pre Launch Checklist

  1. Inspect dock and heaving lines.
  2. Check navigation lights.
  3. Check anchor and tackle.
  4. Inspect trailer winch.
  5. Care for rear wheels of your tow vehicle the same as trailer wheels (see #9)
  6. Ensure registration numbers are properly displayed, plus current registration and other necessary documentation is onboard.
  7. Ensure trailer hitch and safety chains are secure, and inspect trailer wires and connections.
  8. Check hull for damage, soft spots or blistering.
  9. Grease bearings, ensure lug nuts are tight and not rusting, check tire tread and pressure.
  10. Test bilge pump.
  11. Check guages.
  12. Test marine radio.
  13. Check magnetic compass, charts and navigation tools.
  14. Check engine oil and color.
  15. Check fuel system for leaks (visual and "sniff test"). Check fuel level for trip (1/3 out, 1/3 return, 1/3 spare).
  16. Ensure battery connections are clean and tight.
  17. Replace anodes if over half gone.
  18. Check propeller for damage, shaft for debris, prop nut torque.
  19. Test trim, tilt supports and inspect rams.  Ensure proper trailering support is used.
  20. Ensure scuppers are clear, bilge clean and drain plug installed.
  21. Check transom for cracks.
  22. Inspect trailer bunks for damaged boards or torn carpet.
  23. Ensure trailer lights are sealed and working.


  • Check and/or prepare fire extinguisher, first aid kit, visual and and audible distress signals.
  • Check for throwable type IV PFD and ensure all passengers have properly fitted PFDs.
  • Check the weather and file a float plan with a friend.
  • Check load of vessel and secure gear from shifting.
  • Prepare tool kit with extra wire, spare fuses, spark plugs, prop and nut, hoses and clamps, etc.
  • Verify your vessel is in compliance with all applicable boating laws.

This article has been taken from the Yamaha Maintenance Matters booklet.