Sail 1 Checkout Procedures

Sail 1 Checkout


Every Sail 1 Member receives an onboard orientation on each different boat model.

Below is a list of all the required knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete a Sail 1 Checkout.
Each Checkout can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the boat model.
We recommend including your normal crew, who will be routinely helping you. Bringing additional passengers or young children is not recommended for checkouts.




  • Be able to demonstrate ability to recognize and forecast prevailing weather conditions.
  • Determine wind direction. Explain clues to finding wind direction (i.e. moored boats, flags, wind on water)
  • Show proper boat boarding technique
  • Be able to perform a preparatory check of the boats equipment based on the Checkout Sheet.
  • Display the ability to tie up a boat with bow, stern and spring lines.
  • Demonstrate cleat hitch, double half hitch, stopper knot, bowline, and coiling line.
  • Show proper way to put on a PFD
  • Identify weather information sources. (Windalert, NOAA)
  • Check location of recommended and required safety equipment and documents.
  • Be able to explain pre start procedures and motor operation.
  • Exhibit familiarity with nomenclature and parts of the boat and engine.
  • Explain the proper rigging of the sails, halyards, sheets, blocks and winches.
  • Illustrate how to depower the sail plan using sail controls; outhaul, backstay, and cunningham.

Safety and Emergency Procedures

  • Be able to explain the proper procedure for using safety gear including fire extinguisher, flares, and horn.

Leaving the Dock

  • Display proper seamanship using the engine, lines, and crew coordination for a departure appropriate for the wind and weather conditions.

Boat control in Confined Waters

  1. Demonstrate starting, stopping and backing.
  2. Exhibit appropriate shifting technique.
  3. Use minimal control speed.


  • Point out landmarks in the harbor and local waters and respond accordingly (water tower, radio towers, entrance to Back Creek, etc.).
  • Be familiar with aids to navigation (ATONs), such as bouys, day marks, regulatory marks and others.

Rules of the Road

  • Illustrate the use and understanding of the rules of the road.
  • Be able to demonstrate and understand the use of constant bearing to avoid collisions.

Boat Control in Open Waters

  • Display proper sail trim with accurate sheet adjustment of the main and headsails. Make use of telltales and identify points of sail.
  • When appropriate, demonstrate sailing “by the lee” and explain the inherent dangers involved.
  • Be able to describe how to anchor using the proper amount of scope.
  • Show how to reef and depower the sail plan.

Returning to the Dock

  • Using proper seamanship and boat handling return to the dock demonstrating steering, stopping, securing boat and deploying fenders in its proper slip.

Securing the Boat

      1. Stow equipment, clean, and install covers, secure hatches and locks.
      2. Complete post sail checkout form.


Ready to go ?    Schedule your Sail 1 checkout.

Not comfortable with all the topics?      No problem, we can get you there!