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Old 12-02-2019, 10:54   #16
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Re: Personal Gear to bring for charters

We live aboard in mid-coast Maine all summer. As in Boston, fog is common. Once you enter a fog bank it becomes very disorienting.

So, unless the boat your are chartering has a chart plotter with up-to-date charts on it, maybe consider loading one of the many chart plotting programs on your phone. It can be real time and life saver in fog. Very easy to load and use, and you can practice with it on any boat or just walking along the shoreline.

All the other advice is good.

Welcome to the sailing world.

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Re: Personal Gear to bring for charters

Agree with all mentioned items, couple more I think take along:
-Two pair of sun glasses (one spare).
-Nylon long sleeve tops suitable to swim in (aka surf rash guard). Easy to rinse, quick to dry & great to wear alone or under clothing
-Lip balm
- Playing cards, the plastic ones. So they can get wet, 2 sets.
- Inexpensive waterproof camera (Nikon cool pics). Leave your phone onboard and dry. This camera, maybe others do also, allows you to share pictures wirelessly & is good to 30.
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:40   #18
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These are a lot of good suggestions above. You should also ask the school. They have a bunch of knowledge on what people tend to need.
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Old 12-02-2019, 20:37   #19
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Re: Personal Gear to bring for charters

In addition to the good suggestions above: bring two hats. You'll probably lose the first one.
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FOR BARE BOAT SAILING VACATIONS. BVI, Tahiti, Tonga, Australia, the Caribbean, etc. etc.

Items that we bring for bare boat sailing. We do not totally rely on the charter company although they have quite an inventory to go thru.

1. First aid kit. Most first aid kits on charter boats are lacking in what you may need.
We add in more bandages, ace bandage, bacirtacin, Alieve, sunscreen , etc.

2. Chart Kit and paper charts, and our nav tools. parallel rules and dividers. Plus a hand bearing compass, Our own hand held GPS as a back up to our own Coastal Piloting and Navigation skills. Our own ships log, not only for nav info, but a remarks column to record the sailing vacation .

3. The hand bearing compass we use for taking bearings on landmarks, and note our position on the chart and log, plus using landmarks for bearings when anchored, also noted in the log . We also use the hand bearing compass to verify the accuracy of the boats binnacle compass,and the super elecronic auto pilot heading read out.

4. Chart Kit and Cruising Guide for the area that we are sailing .

5. Good quality flash light, and extra batteries. back up to vessels flash light, that may or may not be working. I also use my own flashlight for reading at night in the
V-berth. Cabin lights are generally too dim . Also , use the flash light, for a flare up light when using the dink at night. And finding our way down below to turn on the master battery switch , and cabin lights.

6. Ear plugs, sun glasses with croakies, cap, visor or hat with chiin strap.

7. Extra line for sail ties, reefing lines, flag halyards, etc., or tie downs for the wheel, if the binnacle brake is not working. Keeps the rudder stationary when anchored or on a mooring.

8. Channel locks. We Dont trust tool boxes and their inventory that are on board.
Some times they are pretty well supplied. Other times, not so good.

9. We also make up a daily calendar, as it easy to lose track of time and dates and days. Big squares for plans of the day.

10. A small, inexpensive battery alarm clock. Usually only set it in case we have to be up very early for departure back home.

11. Others have covered clothes that you may need, for the boat, ashore, snorkeling , and even air travel.

12. Our own personal snorkeling gear Face mask, and snorkel and mouth piece that fits our mouth. From a dive shop if possible, Check the fit. A leaky mask will totally ruin any snorkel experience.

13. Our personal flags, could be sailing club, yacht club, state. Haul em up on the flag halyard. After a few pain killers ashore, helps us find our own boat, among the many . Plus , helps I.D. our vessel if we have invited new friends to come over for boat drinks.

The other posters have heaped great scoops on to you, all are excellent.

Oh, almost forgot, great music C.D.'s, Jimmy Buffett, Erica Stone, Caribbean Music, Hawaiian music, Tahtian music, Irish Trad, Aussie favorites, any thing that makes you and your crew feel good.

I have our own, WHAT TO BRING CHECK LIST, so that we do not forget anything.

The above is what we bring, in our one each carry on duffel . That is it. We actually travel pretty light, no many bags upon bags.

Personal comment: Good on you all for taking your ASA classes and on board lessons.
At this time, you have your sailing dreams, LIVE YOUR DREAMS, DONT DREAM YOUR LIFE.

You will be surprised, that you will start off with your day sailing, and then proceed on up to larger vessels for ocean sailing and week end sailing trips, and then, well ypu will start investigating the BVI , excellent choice for your first international sailing vacation. You will be sailing the Caribbean. May you fall in love with those great cruising grounds.

fair winds and following seas,

Denny and Erica
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Old 13-02-2019, 08:55   #21
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FOR BARE BOAT SAILING VACATIONS. BVI, Tahiti, Tonga, Australia, the Caribbean, etc. etc.

Items that we bring for bare boat sailing. We do not totally rely on the charter company although they have quite an inventory to go thru.

1. First aid kit. Most first aid kits on charter boats are lacking in what you may need.
We add in more bandages, ace bandage, bacirtacin, Alieve, sunscreen , etc.

2. Chart Kit and paper charts, and our nav tools. parallel rules and dividers. Plus a hand bearing compass, Our own hand held GPS as a back up to our own Coastal Piloting and Navigation skills. Our own ships log, not only for nav info, but a remarks column to record the sailing vacation .

3. The hand bearing compass we use for taking bearings on landmarks, and note our position on the chart and log, plus using landmarks for bearings when anchored, also noted in the log . We also use the hand bearing compass to verify the accuracy of the boats binnacle compass,and the super elecronic auto pilot heading read out.

4. Chart Kit and Cruising Guide for the area that we are sailing .

5. Good quality flash light, and extra batteries. back up to vessels flash light, that may or may not be working. I also use my own flashlight for reading at night in the
V-berth. Cabin lights are generally too dim . Also , use the flash light, for a flare up light when using the dink at night. And finding our way down below to turn on the master battery switch , and cabin lights.

6. Ear plugs, sun glasses with croakies, cap, visor or hat with chiin strap.

7. Extra line for sail ties, reefing lines, flag halyards, etc., or tie downs for the wheel, if the binnacle brake is not working. Keeps the rudder stationary when anchored or on a mooring.

8. Channel locks. We Dont trust tool boxes and their inventory that are on board.
Some times they are pretty well supplied. Other times, not so good.

9. We also make up a daily calendar, as it easy to lose track of time and dates and days. Big squares for plans of the day.

10. A small, inexpensive battery alarm clock. Usually only set it in case we have to be up very early for departure back home.

11. Others have covered clothes that you may need, for the boat, ashore, snorkeling , and even air travel.

12. Our own personal snorkeling gear Face mask, and snorkel and mouth piece that fits our mouth. From a dive shop if possible, Check the fit. A leaky mask will totally ruin any snorkel experience.

13. Our personal flags, could be sailing club, yacht club, state. Haul em up on the flag halyard. After a few pain killers ashore, helps us find our own boat, among the many . Plus , helps I.D. our vessel if we have invited new friends to come over for boat drinks.

The other posters have heaped great scoops on to you, all are excellent.

Oh, almost forgot, great music C.D.'s, Jimmy Buffett, Erica Stone, Caribbean Music, Hawaiian music, Tahtian music, Irish Trad, Aussie favorites, any thing that makes you and your crew feel good.

I have our own, WHAT TO BRING CHECK LIST, so that we do not forget anything.

The above is what we bring, in our one each carry on duffel . That is it. We actually travel pretty light, no many bags upon bags.

Personal comment: Good on you all for taking your ASA classes and on board lessons.
At this time, you have your sailing dreams, LIVE YOUR DREAMS, DONT DREAM YOUR LIFE.

You will be surprised, that you will start off with your day sailing, and then proceed on up to larger vessels for ocean sailing and week end sailing trips, and then, well ypu will start investigating the BVI , excellent choice for your first international sailing vacation. You will be sailing the Caribbean. May you fall in love with those great cruising grounds.

fair winds and following seas,

Denny and Erica


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Old 13-02-2019, 10:21   #22
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Re: Personal Gear to bring for charters

Best advice we were given before departure: "Bring half the clothes and twice the money!" SailNav


That is definitely true!!!

Every time we charter we pack less and less stuff. If it does not fit in a small carry on it does not go. Our last charter was 21 days and I do not think I wore all the clothes that I took.

We do take a handheld radio to communicate to the mother ship while ashore, it is very convenient.

We also pack our masks and snorkels, but use the fins provided.

The first aid kits are usually terrible, so we always take some medical supplies. It helps that I travel with nurses and EMT's. We had a scooter accident on our last trip to Anegada and needed some stitches. There were none available at the clinic. Luckily we had our own suture kit and someone with the skills!!

Getting stiched up on the back of our sailboat while moored in Anagada ended up being one of our favorite stories from the trip.
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Old 13-02-2019, 11:27   #23
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Re: Personal Gear to bring for charters

If Dave948's assumption about small boat/limited sailing area is correct, you might either follow his advice or else alterenatively, consider bringing a couple of hundred feet of strong fishing line tied to s small float so that if the weight of all the previously recommended equipment sinks the boat you will be able to locate it! More seriously, have fun--you're setting out on a wonderful path!
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