Bareboat Chartering Checklist

marinaFor first time bare boaters, as well as experienced sailors, stepping on board a new-to-you boat that will be your floating home for the next week or so, can be a little daunting. Although certainly not all inclusive (you’d never leave the dock!) knowing the answers and locations to the items listed below will help make your check-out smoother and give you the confidence that you have done all you can to have a great, safe adventure.

Before Chartering

  • Important: Make sure you know the charter company emergency number, VHF frequency.

  • Will the charter company provide a cell phone to contact them directly?

  • Practice hoisting and reefing main. Review the mainsail “Stak-Pak”.

  • Practice backing up a sailboat. Warping techniques are good to know.

  • Google “Breeze Booster” prior to trip. It is the hatch vent system some charter companies use.

During Check Out

Make sure that you physically touch and operate the following components to verify that they are in working order.

  • Water Tank Valves. Verify that tank(s) are full. Know how to switch tanks. Is heat exchanger providing hot water?

  • Holding tank discharge valve. Dump holding tank ONLY in open water – NEVER IN HARBOR OR ANCHORAGE.

  • Check fuel level • Locate on board tool kit • Ask about hanging 12v cockpit light. * Traveling dock lines on board.

  • Radio check for VHF – send and receive. Bring personal hand-held VHF.

  • Locate life jackets, flares, sound-emitting devices, spotlight, fire extinguisher (check date), and first aid kit.

  • Propane cut-off procedure. Make sure all burners work, including oven. Do you have a teapot? French press?

  • Locate boat documentation – Put charter documents in dry, safe place.

  • Test anchor windlass at dock. Review reset fuse/switch with staff. Check anchor locker before departure. Engine must be running to use windlass.

  • Make sure head(s) function properly. Crew fully understands head operation, and its delicate nature. Minimal amounts of toilet paper ONLY!

  • Verify that refrigeration works well. Check temp prior to departure. Is it staying cold under engine power? Bring fridge temp gauge.

  • Check and understand all running rigging. Show crew how winches and clutch stoppers work. Wind and time permitting, practice reefing your main before departing dock. Identify #1 and #2 reefing lines. Don’t forget to release reefing lines prior to first main hoist. Unfurl jib.

  • Run engine without shore power for at least an hour before departure. Are all batteries individually charging above 12v under engine only? If wet batteries, is there water in each cell?  Are Frig/Freezer as cold as they should be without shore power? After departure, use as little DC as possible. Turn off any electric you don’t need. Check charging indicators. If you have no access to shore power, run your engine in morning and evening, for about an hour, at least 1500rpm. Check all fluid levels.

  • Locate all intake filters and valves. Verify that they are clean. Check external speedo impeller.

  • Check battery isolator(s). Starting battery should be isolated from house system. Have staff show you how to switch to different batteries.

  • Turn on Nav system, making sure all instruments are working. Find boat speed impeller. Clean if necessary, and spin to make sure it registers on instruments. Spinning of impeller through water has impact on true/apparent wind speed, as well as boat speed indicator.

  • Run outboard motor on dinghy. Put in forward and reverse. Check fuel. Make sure dingy is holding air. Mark dinghy so that yours can be recognized at night, at the end of an evening, from all the others tied up together.

  • For mooring balls, use 2 lines, one from each bow  cleat, loop each thru mooring pendant, and cleat off back at original cleat. Helps prevent chafing. Better than one line looped thru pendant, with pendant sliding along line, secured to each bow cleat.  Always approach ball from downwind.

Mooring Monohull

  • Generally, when hoisting main or reefing, come head to wind, release mainsheet, ease boom vang/lift, and lazy jacks.

  • When dropping main for the day, run halyard down from head shackle, around lower mast cleat, and then tension main halyard. This prevents mainsail from sliding back up mast, and prevents batt cars from clanging against each other.

  • Blue and white mooring balls for overnight use. Make sure you ask about free ice and water with mooring use. Small solid blue buoys for dinghy tie-up.

  • When departing country, remember to save some cash for each person for possible departure tax. May be more fees for airlines.

Bon Voyage

Well, it looks like a lot to undertake but it is better to be safe than sorry. Expect your pre-departure check out to take a couple of hours. However, it’s worth taking the time at the dock than to find out two days into your vacation that you don’t know how to open the holding tank discharge.

Advertisements Secures $500,000 in Angel Funding to Grow the Increasingly Popular Boat Rental Platform

San Francisco, CA – March 19, 2013—, the largest and fastest growing boat rental site, today announced that it has secured $500,000 in angel financing. This round of funding will contribute to enhanced marketing, adding personnel, and new product development for the ground-breaking site. The San Francisco-based start-up officially launched on March 5, and has already added 400 additional boats (to the previous 2,000) in the last fourteen days alone.

“Based on the enthusiasm of our user base, we believe GetMyBoat is destined to be the standout player in the boat rental space,” said Bryan Petro, GetMyBoats Head of Product. “We feel our interface is elegant and easy to use, while at the same time gives boat owners the flexibility they need to list all watercraft types.”

“Our approach to fundraising has always been milestone driven, selectively securing capital as we build and expand our offering,” said Sascha Mornell, CEO and Co-founder.  “The investment support we’ve obtained is important and demonstrates our value to the marketplace, and positions us favorably for the ramp up of GetMyBoat.”

GetMyBoat includes the following features:

  • No Cost Listings for boat owners, including photos, video, boat specs, pricing, and scheduling, all of which can be added to the site in a matter of minutes.
  • Chat Functionality, enabling renters to interact directly with the owner prior to purchase.
  • Online Calendar Application, enabling renters visiting GetMyBoat to easily find out when boats are available.
  • Private and Charter Boat listings, including cross listings for companies with multiple locations.
  • No Fees, Commissions or Monthly Membership Dues. Everything from signing up on the site, listing watercraft, and completing reservations is completely free of charge.
  • Flexibility.  Boats can be rented by the day, hour or by the week, depending on the owner’s specifications. Furthermore, the renter has the option to rent or charter the boat with a captain or without.

About GetMyBoat is the world’s largest peer-to-peer marketplace for watercraft rental.  Launched in San Francisco, California in 2013, GetMyBoat serves renters and owners of every type of boat across the world, from California to Croatia and from kayaks to catamarans. For more information, visit our website at

Quickly Add Your Rental or Charter Company

We recently launched a tremendous upgrade to our “add boat” process in our system. This upgrade significantly improves the way you add a boat to our system and drastically reduces the time to do so.

Since having success with these new forms, we’ve also rolled out the exact same update for our company profiles. The time to add a company profile has been cut in half.

The Short Form

Fill in half the fields, and take half the time. The short form is a quick one page of inputs that get you well on your way to publishing a company profile. Once the short form is complete, the profile is saved and all that is needed to publish is a logo and some photos of your fleet.

GetMyBoat Company Short Form

Editing Your Company

Saving: Our new process allows you to save your company listing without having added a company logo or photos of your fleet. However, you cannot publish your company listing until both of these items are added.

 Larger Images: When you do add photos of your fleet, we will now display them in a larger view. Your boats are beautiful, (as we know), and that is why we made sure they get the screen real estate they deserve.

Publishing: Functionality of the edit page has changed. Once the company is created, you can navigate between tabs and save all changes at once. We also added a publish or unpublish button on every page. Just change the status and click save—on any tab!

GetMyBoat Company Long Form

Company Profile Redesigned

Since this profile will be the first interaction a customer has with your company, we wanted to make sure that the design and layout of this page is as visually pleasing as it can be.

Much like the boat profile, the theme of this redesign was to make everything larger: the images, text, and buttons. Since the new design has large photos, you may want to edit any photos you already have listed for your company. We recommend large, high quality photos.

New GetMyBoat Company Profile