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Old 10-12-2009, 14:56   #1
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ok so heres the dream/plan: 1or 2 year cruise Brisbane--New Caledonia(sp)---Vanuatu--Solomons--Louisiades--Cairns

Safety being number 1 priority I have started looking at what I think is necessary.

Parachute sea anchor
Drogue
AIS
EPIRB
SSB
Charts
Gps and backup
Basic celestial navigation knowledge
Spares
Liferaft
Wetsuit (min) Survival suit (pref)
First Aid kit
Jacklines and harnesses

Any more suggestions/constructive criticisms welcome.
Also any tips on planned route/etc

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P.S. for the sake of this exercise lets assume the boat is sound and seaworthy,capable of this cruise(although this boat has a couple of areas that need attention i.e. strengthening of hatches/washboards,secure stowing,thorough check of standing rigging)
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Old 10-12-2009, 15:06   #2
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Compass, dinghy, and autopilot come to mind.
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Old 10-12-2009, 15:08   #3
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What are you planning for crew? Decent crew is the best way to increase safety IMO
I would wish you the best of luck, but I don't believe in it!
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cheers slomo...I didn't think of those as i already have them

randy...at the risk of being crucified,at this stage i'm singlehanding,crew would be nice however i doubt it will happen.though i wish for luck i believe that good planning/preparation is a better plan
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A lot of people singlehand. It just takes a lot more prep and tougher/less forgiving. But can be very rewarding just the same.
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Seamanship and "a can do" altitude - you probably have the last already judging by your nationality and boat .


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Beyond spares - when cruising you can never have enough tools and repair materials. Half the chatter on the cruiser nets is something like: Does anyone have a 3/8" drive 19 mm deep socket? Or, does anyone have any 8 gauge copper wire? It's all about self reliance and self sufficiency.
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Beyond spares - when cruising you can never have enough tools and repair materials. Half the chatter on the cruiser nets is something like: Does anyone have a 3/8" drive 19 mm deep socket? Or, does anyone have any 8 gauge copper wire? It's all about self reliance and self sufficiency.
Good point even though i'm only coastal hopping thus far my tool kit has doubled from what i started with.


yep, can do attitude is covered...seamanship...weeell more practice i think is required for that one but only one to get practice
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Well, I'd definitely considering beefing up your first aid kit a little from the norm.
You'd want to be able to stitch a large cut if nec. Some antibiotics, Pain meds (stronger than asparin) A good Burn Cream! etc.. water purification tabs.


Emergency VHF antenna..?
Tapered Plugs matched to and attached to the seacocks
A way to secure any loose floor boards
A Positive method of securing companionway hatches in place.
Storm Sails...
Flares
Bolt Cutters

I'm sure there's more.....
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Well, I'd definitely considering beefing up your first aid kit a little from the norm.
You'd want to be able to stitch a large cut if nec. Some antibiotics, Pain meds (stronger than asparin) A good Burn Cream! etc.. water purification tabs.


Emergency VHF antenna..?
Tapered Plugs matched to and attached to the seacocks
A way to secure any loose floor boards
A Positive method of securing companionway hatches in place.
Storm Sails...
Flares
Bolt Cutters

I'm sure there's more.....
yep first aid kit is definately something i'll need to research securing floorboards hadn't occurred to me cheers,luckily i don't have to worry about seacocks as there are no holes in my hulls,bolt cutters are another good one that i'd read somewhere but forgotten,flares are also a good idea,already have the min legal requirements but think i'll add a few spares and the hatches def need attention...have to sort out a way of securing them from the inside too
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For single handing a Radar with a good loud guard zone alarm would be nice.

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yeah i do agree but geez those things put a biiiig hole in the cruising kitty...apart from collision avoidance are they really useful?,in heavy fog i'm sure they're a godsend but dont get much/any fog here on QLD coast,can i expect any in the tropics?entering unfamiliar anchorages in the dark would be another use for em but avoiding that scenario may be the more cost effective solution bearing in mind that this isn't a circumnavigation,more like a get the toes wet sort of bluewater cruise
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yeah i do agree but geez those things put a biiiig hole in the cruising kitty...apart from collision avoidance are they really useful?
When you're single handing "collision avoidance" might come in handy.

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Precut plywood pieces to cover holes from collision (including blown in ports and ripped off companionway hatch). Underwater curing epoxy. Foam rubber balls of different sizes to put in holes. Long coarse thread self tapping screws. Strong battery powered drill driver for screws. Collision mat

Stainless (or galvanized) wire and wire clamps for longest stay. Spare spreader and spreader parts. Equipment to climb mast. Absolutely secure halyard shackles. Stopper knots in bitter end of halyards and sheets sewn with whipping twine so they can not come out without using knife.

Wear a harness and carry a knife at all times

Lots of chafing gear

Expensive but worth it: Complete spare autopilot.

Three ways to generate electricity (could be three separate solar panels)

Besides the normal in first aid kit - a hemostatic clotting agent or bandage like Quikclot to stop severe bleeding.

Emergency drinking water

Instead of more flares I'd get a battery powered Laser Flare for night and for day orange smoke and a long floating distress streamer that floats behind the boat and is visible from the air.

Two waterproof handheld VFH radios

Also get a 2nd EPIRB (an inexpensive PLB is fine) in case the first fails.

Three anchors and ground tackle. (I realize this is a weight challenge on your boat)

Reinforce bow cleats.

Have person knowledgeable with cat design inspect all cross beam connections and consider any possible reinforcement. Inspect rudder gudgeons/pintles. Replace and/or reinforce.

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