As the Christmas holidays approach I’m sure you’ll hear the song about old St. Nick—“He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.” As it turns out, I’ve always been a list maker, too. Not because I’m keeping score, but because it has helped me to remember and organize what I needed to get done. Now I see that boat insurance companies are suggesting it would be prudent to make a list of all the equipment onboard your boat—in advance and just in case, for insurance purposes.
Here’s a piece of paper, quick now, write down everything residing onboard your boat. Perhaps if we give it a few days, you’ll remember more, yes? If someone was naughty and something went missing, how long would it take you to notice?
Like many suggestions, you might even agree this is a good idea, so put it on the to-do-list. Great–another list of things to remember, like making another list.
Well, let me help. It isn’t such a bad idea to know categorically what is on your boat. And better yet, it would help from a safety standpoint if your guests onboard knew what you had —and where to find it. I have already suggested in an earlier blog that you remove everything from your boat as part of your winterization and maintenance routines. If you followed my previous advice and the equipment is now piled in your basement, for instance, it would be a good winter project to go through it, evaluate it, organize it, and yes, list it. Heck, you might even find something that needs replacing and put it on your Christmas wish list!
Now that you have the lists made, organize the stuff into plastic containers or duffels (with labels of course) so that putting it all back on board in the spring is easier and your guests can find it. For those weight-conscious racers like me, now’s the time to get ruthless and remove what you don’t absolutely need—and for the ultra-competitive, even weigh the containers of equipment before they go back onboard.
In addition to peace of mind about possible insurance-related catastrophes, you’ll also have an organized boat for safety purposes, and when it comes time to sell, a complete equipment list to include in your for-sale listing. See how all this list-making begets other helpful list-making—and don’t forget to check it twice.