Cheers everyone for the responses
Jim-i'll be checking that ssb
weatherfax for certain thanks for that
Bash & Fishwife-I already have backup rudder
installed,its a cat
unlikely both would fail-however certainly something i don't take lightly and one of many areas that will be very closely double checked before setting off
Denverd0n-thanks for the link,first aid is something i know little about,apart from heat exhaustion/sunstroke/dehydration (which will come in handy considering my boat is fairly open) so any knowledge/links on this subject are greatly appreciated
James S-much as i'd like a diesel
,i currently have twin 4-stroke outboards,they're in top condition but fuel
comsumption vs a diesel
means i will have to rely mainly on the wind
CTRDVM-yep the chained to the helm
thing gets a bit much sometimes,self steering
is a priority,as is stopping to fix whatever comes up as i'm sure things will despite the best preparation things can go wrong.
"All good and well meaning suggestions so far but in my mind, one can overdo safety
. To be completely safe, one would never leave port so now it comes down to risk management and dollars."
and therein lies the rub, the greatest fear i have is still being tied to the dock
waiting till i'm "safe" enough.
hehehe,have done the 100 mile an hr tape thing for wounds in remote
bushwalking situations before,still i'm thinking a first aid course will probably be a good idea before departure even just for some added peace of mind.
yeah thats what i reckond bout radar
too,twould be nice but cost and then added cost for more power generation will prob put it out.yep already have a list of 'improvements'for the boat ie the fore and aft bulkheads will be made watertight,extra strenghthening here an there etc
Once again thanks all for the tips an ideas,much appreciated