Hull(s) sound and free of excessive growth

  Propeller(s) clean


  • Serviced and working well
  • Cooling water running freely, not blowing too much smoke.
  • Diesel tanks topped up
  • Spare Jerry cans
  • Spare Engine Oil
  • Spare Alternator Belt(s)
  • Spare Water Pump Belt(s)
  • Spare Impeller Kit(s)
  • Spare hose clamps
  • Spare hoses
  • Spare filters

  Fresh water

  • Tanks topped up with clean drinking water
  • Spare Jerry cans (emergency)


  • Stove working and Gas full
  • Pots and deep pan with lid
  • Fiddles to stop pots sliding at sea
  • Can opener, lighter, utensils

  Skin Fittings

  • clear of barnacles
  • Sea cocks operational
  • Bungs

  Bilge pumps

  • Electric
  • Float switches operational
  • Manual


  •  Batteries Charged and sufficient capacity
  •  On board charging working
  •  Solar
  •  Wind Turbine
  •  Alternator(s)
  •  Generator
  • Spare batteries and fuses

  Auto pilot

  • Must work well in all weather
  • Spare parts / belts
  • Operation and trouble shooting manual


  • Depth Sounder
  • Nav lights (On Hulls or Tri colour, steaming, mast head (Anchor))
  • VHF
  • AIS (No crucial)
  • Plotter (Not Crucial) – I bring my own
  • Wind Instruments (Not crucial)

  Safety Gear

  • In date and complying to the states and territories of Australia)
  • PDFs
  • Flare pack
  • Life raft or RIB (with oars and pump)
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Blanket
  • Bucket with Lanyard (x2)
  • Life ring or horse shoe
  • Floating flashing light
  • LED Dolphin torch (X2)
  • Spare Water
  • First Aid Kit


Check standing and running rigging is all in decent condition


In reasonable to good condition minimum


  • Fenders
  • Mooring lines
  • boat hook
  • spare tie ropes


  • Appropriate size
  • Chain – Min twice length of boat
  • Warp 50m minimum
  • Spare Anchor, chain and rope (Recommended)


  • Shifters
  • Spanners
  • Sockets
  • Alan keys
  • WD 40
  • Duct Tape
  • Zip ties
  • Silicone and corking gun
  • Gasket Silicon
  • Teflon Tape
  • Multi-meter
  • Spare wire and crimps
  • Hacksaw
  • Vice grips
  • Multi grips
  • Plyers (stub and long nose)
  • Sail thread, needles and palm


Please make sure the vessel is covered by an appropriate insurance policy. The delivery skipper should be added on the policy under “the insured” This means that the boat, the owner and the skipper are all covered. This should just take a phone call or email. No extra cost.

Most insurers require a minimum of two competent adults aboard for over night passages.

If the owner is on board, and you have hired a skipper or someone to crew for you, it is best that the owner takes ultimate responsibility in the case of an incident. That way the insurer is not tempted to claim gross negligence against the Skippers or Crew.

International arrival (if applicable)

  • Valid Ship Registration papers, Proof of ownership, ID of the rego holder
  • Notice of intended port of entry
  • Plan for temporary stay, importation or returning vessel
  • Port departed from in Australia if applicable.
  • Note that the vessel must be free from bio hazards, fire arms and drugs.
  • Dept. of Agriculture fees and other fees maybe applicable and will need to be paid by the owner.