When we purchased a sailboat and decided to sail around the world we were overwhelmed by the enormous learning curve. We needed checklists for sailors! Sailing our new sailboat was one part of the equation but what really baffled us, at the start, were the hundreds of maintenance tasks and cleaning routines.
Checklists will help you to become more organized and motivated to get the right things done.
You’ll also get things done quicker and more efficiently, have more clarity, delegate, save lives, and continually improve.
Almost six years after we started, we’ve learned an incredible amount about sailing, passage planning, anchoring, taking guests aboard, servicing and maintaining our systems (engine, generator, pumps, batteries, and on), cleaning schedules, provisioning, medical concerns and even how to entertain young children on board.
This book is a guide, or a blueprint, to help you mitigate your learning curve regarding a variety of standard tasks associated with sailing a sailboat.
Here are just some of the checklists for sailors that you’ll find in this helpful resource:
- The start to finish of a sailing voyage – with new crew/guests
- Passage planning – preparation and plan
- Boat briefing checklists for sailors
- Guests and or crew duties and responsibilities
- Packing and preparing for a sailing holiday
- Maintenance and service checks
- Wintering a boat
- Every time your boat is out of the water
- Spare parts checklist
And more Checklists For Skippers
- Cleaning and maintenance checklists
- The First Aid log
- The First Aid Kits
- Medical question form
- Radio advice (medial) forms
- Medical observation checklists
- Taking the dingy to land
- Keeping children occupied on a boat
- What about Seasickness?
- Meal provisioning checklists for sailors
- Checklist Guide For Fishing Success
- Choosing A Marina
- Choosing a Dinghy
- Selecting Insurance For Your Boat
- Servicing Your propeller
- Leaving The Boat in a Marina (short-term)
- What to do While in a Marina for a quick stop
All those and more. Get your Checklists for Sailors – Passage Planning, Sailboat Maintenance, Cleaning, Medical, and More book today!
Note that a special Word version is available for full customization – instructions on how to get it are included in the guide.
Total Pages: 131 US Letter pages.
Buy your Checklists for Sailors – Passage Planning, Sailboat Maintenance, Cleaning, Medical, and more and add it to your boat’s library.
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Still not convinced? Make sure to read Why Checklists? – My husband, Simon, explains how our marriage almost disintegrated before we learned how valuable checklists are.
Trevor James Bavaria 45 Cruiser –
Every Checklist You might Ever Need in One Book – After months of drafting my own inadequate checklists a friend recommended Kimberly Browns book Checklists for Sailors. I never realised that there were so many aspects to sailing that this very comprehensive and complete book covers in ensuring that risks are minimised through thorough pre planning. In addition the offer of the Microsoft Word soft copy has allowed me to modify, consolidate and tailor these checklists to my own personal needs. As a serious sailor in Australia and the Pacific I would highly recommend this book.
David Gilchrist –
Just what the captain and crew needed – Much needed book for my upcoming voyages. This will help me keep on track during my outfitting and stocking.
Richard Smith –
Your lists and the book itself as a whole are masterpieces of clear, understandable and digestible logic. Many congratulations, I appreciate the considerable efforts that you have expended to make it so.
Zarih Sundberg –
I just started reading it and I can see how useful this is going to be. Thanks to Kim, there is no need for newbies like myself to invent the wheel all over again. I will also buy her other books. The work she has put in is astounding! A comprehensive book! Thanks!
Peter Kovacs (verified owner) –
Once again, Thanks Kim and Simon for this excellent reference. As mentioned in a previous review, No need to reinvent the wheel. Its all here. This is my go to sailing material. Well organized and thorough. No need to say more. Just pick it up, start reading, and get out there and sail 🙂
Julia (verified owner) –
Just what we needed to make sure that we are covering the bases on such a wide variety of items onboard. The checklists are very organized and look easy to use — just print one off, or load it up on the tablet and we’re ready to go. Great time-saver and definitely a must-have onboard! Thanks, Britican, for putting this together!
Great book! Must have if you are planning to start sailing around.
Larissa Mcginnis –
This gives me goose bumps. Excellent very relateable
Many thanks form a newbie sailor – really helpful
Thanks you so much for your time and effort to put all the lists together. That is exactly what I was looking for. So helpful, great job!
Very resourceful! Thank you!
Robin Garrity (verified owner) –
Looks just like what I need. Not used them yet but, as a newly qualified Day Skipper with an aviation background (= lots of checklists) I was going to write my own. This will ensure I don’t miss anything and will save lots of time. First solo voyage in July (COVID permitting!).
Spyros Xenos (verified owner) –
FANTASTIC!!! Great Job Kim!!!
That is exactly what I was looking for.!!!
Thank you so much for your time and effort to put all the lists together.
Kim Brown (verified owner) –
Kim I’m writing you my comments as a review .
This book is a fantastic resource for your first years cruising under sail .
I like this book and have learnt so much from it , specifically the well elaborated lists from real experience as boat owners and live aboard cruisers with lot of experience. Information is very clear and fun to look through , It has been relevant to me as boat owner in many aspects of sailing and boat maintenance .
Some sections are brief but its always good enough to set me in the right directions , the lists are smart elaborated and in my case did work perfect to get all properly organized .
Really recommend this book to anyone interested in the live aboard and cruising life .
Fabio Lemos M.
SV Aleta .
Bart Brasseaux (verified owner) –
Wether you have just started your sailing journey or a seasoned sailor, this book is a must for your library and an amazing, well thought out and put together reference guide. I can’t even imagine the hours poured into the efforts of putting this journal together. I would recommend this guide for any live aboard, your life will be all the more better for it!!! Thank You so very much Kim!
Stephane Bernabe (verified owner) –
Quel énorme travail ! J’ai découvert le site un peu par hasard, en préparant notre tour du monde à la voile, au départ de France, et sans précision de retour en Europe. Toutes ces check-lists me semblent excellentes, je vais prendre le temps de les traduire au mieux en français. Bravo !
What a huge job! I discovered the site a little by chance while preparing our round-the-world trip to sail, departing from France, and without precision to return to Europe. All these checklists seem excellent to me, I will take the time to translate them into French as best as possible. Well done!
Stephane Charest (verified owner) –
Great and really useful.
Two thumbs up!
Peter Weiss –
Very good book. I use it not only for sailing but also as example in my Kaizen coaching on board of Winds & Tides.
Seth Mixon (verified owner) –
After years of trying to find time to create useful checklists, our friends here at Sailing Britican have done it for me!
Thanks so much!!
Frank Lauber (verified owner) –
Checklists are essential. Every boat, skipper and crew are different and will have their special lists. Having a book full of lists from experienced bluewater sailors is extremely valuable to either use them straight out of the book or help you write or complete your own lists. I found quite a number of lists I had thought of starting myselves but never got around doing. Thanks!!
Chris Jones (verified owner) –
Comprehensive – saved us a load of work!
This is great! We’re working towards cruising with our 4(!) kiddos in a few years and this is invaluable! Right now we’re starting small trips and making progress in small increments! Thanks!
Craig Thompson –
Wonderful collection of sailing knowledge, thank you for sharing.
Colin Gray (verified owner) –
Just buying my first “proper” boat and the more I research it and the better I understand all that owning a 41′ boat entails the more complex I realise it is. Check lists haven’t yet been used … BUT THEY WILL BE!! Fantastic job at putting these all together in such detail.
Great product. Extremely helpful. And can be easily tailored to ones individual needs with the word version….Money well spent
Vicki Retzlaff (verified owner) –
Very excited to start reading the book and reviewing the MS word checklist. Before I buy my first boat. I like the idea of doing prevent stuff before it becomes a bigger problem later. Looking forward to a reading the MS word checklist!
Monica (verified owner) –
Thank you for putting this all together. As a checklist lover – this is great along with having an editable version. This is a Christmas gift so glad I got it early!
As a new boat-owner, I was about to start writing my own checklists and came across this book, which seems to cover pretty much everything. Plus it comes with the added bonus of access to an editable version, so you can customise your lists. It will save me a heap of time!
Clifford Johnson (verified owner) –
A checklist for everything, a checklist for things that I never even thought about. Very impressed
Mike Dunphy (verified owner) –
A very useful guide, clearly the result of much experience. Well worth the price.
Jeff B (verified owner) –
Fantastic! Just bought a new boat and these checklists are taking the stress levels WAY down. I’m also a private pilot and really appreciate the importance, utility, and discipline of using checklists. Love that there is a Word version! Well done guys!
Just fantastic , what every sailor needs
Philip worgan –
Great compilation of necessary steps all in one place. Saved a lot of time researching and compling spreadsheets… .
Laura Read (verified owner) –
I am a new boat owner and this is exactly what I needed. Very thorough yet clear. Thanks for all the time and anxiety you have spared me Kim
Martijn Maas (verified owner) –
Excellent book! Practical tips. It saves me a lot of time generating my own checklist. And to be honest, there is a lot of stuff that I hadn’t thought of. Its a bargain to get all of the lessons learned in one doc. Thanks a lot!
Lisa Pedone –
This book is an absolute must of cruisers! All of the hard work has been done for you. I just bought my first boat and the information in this book is invaluable!
Roberto Sandoval –
Great book. Looking forward to put the list into action.
Stellan Clark –
These book wil;l make a great addition to my boat library! thank you so much!
Thanks so much. x
Doug Melcher (verified owner) –
This book is very helpful! I can see the thought and heart that went into it on every page!
Janet (verified owner) –
Not far into reading it and can already see how useful it is going to be.
Denise McDonald (verified owner) –
Fantastic! We are just beginning our preparations to upgrade our boat and make a plan to sail off into the sunset (or squalls). This book is just the ticket to answer questions, get ideas, and organize our thought processes. It’s practical and written with all sailors in mind, beginning and seasoned.
Brilliant! These lists form the basis for so many repetitive tasks and procedures. Really good! Plus the editable version lets you customise the lists as you need for your boat. Great idea and well executed.
Shanna Lalley (verified owner) –
Tons on information in this little gem!
Brian Miller –
I am a long-time list maker/user and am creating lists for my new boat. Kim’s book is a great time saver for anyone who wants either to adopt hers as is or modify them for their own needs. If you don’t like waking up at night in a panic, returning to the dock 3 times or kicking yourself (or others) over things forgotten, USE LISTS! Kim’s are a great place to start and will save you much time and hand wringing.
Simon Jones –
Just the job. Taking the time to assemble these checklists is a great way of sharing experience and helping cruisers worldwide.
Maks Vrecko (verified owner) –
I love it! A great ROI for any sailboat owner or just a holiday skipper with tons of practical hints.
pamela macatee –
Thanks to Britican for providing this novice sailor and (admitted!) control/organizing freak a way to corral my thoughts and questions and find answers all in the same place! We are definitely ‘list people’ so this is our way to go….otherwise, how in the world does anyone remember anything??? love!
This is an awesome guide, I especially like that we can customize to fit our needs. I love being organized and this definitely helps!
Pablo Ussia –
Great book! Very convenient, it’s a great short cut in creating your own lists. Love the idea of being able to customise the lists.
Great Job, Kim & Family
John (verified owner) –
This is a great guide for the experienced and the newcomers to offshore yachting – also elements that are relevant to the coastal sailor, well presented in a very user friendly format
christine Scott –
Love the logical order of the checklists. As we live 8 hours away from our boat, it is so important to be organized before leaving.
Michael Galloway (verified owner) –
Excellent reference for a newcomer to larger, more complicated yachts! Thanks!
Mike Weeks (verified owner) –
I’d been searching for check lists like this for ages. Here they all are, in one place, and for a great price. Particularly valuable is the editable version so you can fine tune it for your specific requirements. Great job guys, thank you!
Max Poston (verified owner) –
Fantastic resource for someone who just bought his first boat!
Dominic Liddell –
I have been trying to create the ultimate electronic checklist for my boat and found that my thought process would dry up or jump around to the extent that there was a lot of thinking and not a lot of writing. I have bought the whole set of checklists and cruising guides on special and they are a great read they offer insights into the reasons for the checklist and the items on it. I can now start to order them the way I want knowing that the process has been fully researched by Kim and Paul. Great job!
Antonio Pires (verified owner) –
All the experience of this sailors couple in a complete, easy to use, and very usefull check list for every sailor. Don’t miss it, it can save your life!
Mark Rogus (verified owner) –
Peter Peeters –
I am overwhelmed by the sheer volume. It will take days to read it all. I will come back to you once I have digested it and fitted these checklists into my own considerable list of checklists.
Andrew Wilder (verified owner) –
Excellent resource for all sailors
Julio Cesar Ramos –
Thanks for saving me so much time with your excellent work!
Nancy Cusato –
These checklists are a great resource and will surely save us lots of time and energy! We love following your youtube channel as well! Very fun and informative! Thank you!!
Richard Cullen –
Really looking forward to using these fabulous, checklists.. Simple but brilliantly useful. Thanks
Steve Harrington –
A very compact and easily adaptable check lists for just about all activities aboard.
ADRIAN FISK (verified owner) –
Great set of checklists based on your real life practical experience – will save me hours from starting from scratch
These checklists are extremely helpful, especially for new cruisers like me!
Koen Blanquart (verified owner) –
Great collection of checklists – time saver and takes away lots of worrying!
Chris Jasper (verified owner) –
This will prove invaluable for me, thanks
Guy Barton (verified owner) –
This is a great resource for anyone serious about sailing safely and looking after their boat and equipment. Immensely practical and born out of experience.
Sailing Blown Away (verified owner) –
Exactly what we needed. The lists, the commentary are incredibly straightforward and helpful. Well done!
Sarah Blair (verified owner) –
I love checklists! This seems like an awesome resource as we just purchased our first boat and I’d been planning (hoping!) to make my own. Why start from scratch and reinvent the wheel when someone with far more experience has already done all the hard work? Thank you!
Nabil Alanbar –
As an engineer, pilot, and sailor, I LOVE a good checklist, and was surprised that there were so few books like this. I am glad to have found this one.
Dale Pokorski –
I live by checklists, this will save me a ton of time creating our own for Sailing Incognito.
Paula Lindner –
A comprehensive resource and so well thought out! Will use this for our own sailing checklists. Glad I found this!
Shelley Joyce –
An absolutely incredible resource. I have learned so much from these guides already. And I have added many things to my “to-do” list to ready ourselves for cruising life. Especially grateful for the extensive and well-thought out check-lists. I plan to integrate them with my own–and benefit from the years of sailing experience and expertise that Kim and Sailing Britican offer.
Dennis Bailey –
A great book and perfect starting place that you can tailor to your own boat and needs. A one stop shop to help you not forget anything that may turn into an issue at sea.
Marco Ayoub (verified owner) –
SUPER AND VERY USEFUL. Makes you aware of things you would not think of
Betty (verified owner) –
So well organized! It’s so much easier to edit an existing checklist than to start one from scratch. Thank You for the invaluable information!