When we leave the boat, we try to remember everything we might need to complete our errands. We have a checklist taped near the doorway to help us remember:
---Is there a bag of garbage for the trash can? Empty water jugs that need filling?
---Is the propane valve turned off? Hatches closed and locked? Anchor light off?
But on cloudy days, we do watch the battery monitor. 14.00 is the high number we like to see and it shouldn’t go below 12.00.
I’ve learned to minimize electrical usage and unplug anything not being directly used at the moment. Battery charging is a big deal on our boat - computer, iPad, Kindle, rechargeable batteries, toothbrush. If the sun’s out, I’ve got things plugged in. An inverter changes the 12-volt power to 115 volt which is needed for the items listed above. The cell phones are charged with 12-volt charger (like the cigarette lighter-type chargers in cars).