Download Cruising Sailboat Rig Checklist

After five months and five in-depth inspection articles, we have now completed the rig checklist, which is ready for download (below).


We tried several options, but an Excel spreadsheet provides the most flexibility, allowing you to modify the list to fit your own needs. For example, columns can be easily added for stuff like notes and the date the check was last performed.

Of course, Excel is anything but inexpensive, but the good news is that you can also upload the checklist to Google Sheets, which is free. There are also other free alternatives.

We are also providing it as a PDF for those of you who just don't want to mess around with spreadsheets—just print the PDF and use one of those cool high-tech graphite and cellulose-based mark-up devices.

Other Formats

Please don't ask us to provide the list in other formats. I know that might be cool, but messing with and maintaining multiple formats going forward is not a good use of our time—better we spend that time creating new content.

That said, if you convert the checklist to another app, and are willing to maintain that file as the master list is updated, we would publish that added file format as long as each item links dynamically to the parent article and it's made clear that the copyright of the information remains with AAC.

Thank You

A big thank you to those members who filled in blanks in my experience. I have given credit and linked the list item to their comment.


Our plan is to update the list and parent articles regularly with the additions and improvements that arise as you use it in the real world.

To facilitate that, please post comments as follows:

  • Suggestions for improving the format of the checklist: to the original checklist article.
  • Suggestions for improving or adding to the items on the checklist: to the parent article linked to that item.


  1. Six Reasons To Leave The Cockpit Often
  2. Don’t Forget About The Sails
  3. Your Mainsail Is Your Friend
  4. Hoisting the Mainsail Made Easy—Simplicity in Action
  5. Reefs: How Many and How Deep
  6. Reefing Made Easy
  7. Reefing From The Cockpit 2.0—Thinking Things Through
  8. Reefing Questions and Answers
  9. A Dangerous Myth about Reefing
  10. Mainsail Handling Made Easy with Lazyjacks
  11. Topping Lift Tips and a Hack
  12. 12 Reasons The Cutter Is A Great Offshore Voyaging Rig
  13. Cutter Rig—Should You Buy or Convert?
  14. Cutter Rig—Optimizing and/or Converting
  15. Cruising Rigs—Sloop, Cutter, or Solent?
  16. Sailboat Deck Layouts
  17. The Case For Roller-Furling Headsails
  18. UV Protection For Roller Furling Sails
  19. The Case For Hank On Headsails
  20. Making Life Easier—Roller Reefing/Furling
  21. Making Life Easier—Storm Jib
  22. Gennaker Furlers Come Of Age
  23. Swept-Back Spreaders—We Just Don’t Get It!
  24. Q&A: Staysail Stay: Roller Furling And Fixed Vs Hanks And Removable
  25. Rigid Vangs
  26. Rigging a Proper Preventer, Part 1
  27. Rigging a Proper Preventer—Part 2
  28. Amidships “Preventers”—A Bad Idea That Can Kill
  29. Keeping The Boom Under Control—Boom Brakes
  30. Downwind Sailing, Tips and Tricks
  31. Downwind Sailing—Poling Out The Jib
  32. Setting and Striking a Spinnaker Made Easy and Safe
  33. Ten Tips To Fix Weather Helm
  34. Running Rigging Recommendations—Part 1
  35. Running Rigging Recommendations—Part 2
  36. Two Dangerous Rigging Mistakes
  37. Rig Tuning, Part 1—Preparation
  38. Rig Tuning, Part 2—Understanding Rake and Bend
  39. Rig Tuning, Part 3—6 Steps to a Great Tune
  40. Rig Tuning, Part 4—Mast Blocking, Stay Tension, and Spreaders
  41. Rig Tuning, Part 5—Sailing Tune
  42. 12 Great Rigging Hacks
  43. 9 Tips To Make Unstepping a Sailboat Mast Easier
  44. Cruising Sailboat Spar Inspection
  45. Cruising Sailboat Standing Rigging Inspection
  46. Cruising Sailboat Running Rigging Inspection
  47. Cruising Sailboat Rig Wiring and Lighting Inspection
  48. Cruising Sailboat Roller Furler and Track Inspection
  49. Download Cruising Sailboat Rig Checklist
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