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Old 11-12-2011, 19:48   #31
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Re: Equipment for Round-the-World Cruising (33', 1975 Boat)

Given the age of the boat (fine boat by the way), I'd consider replacing many of the items that are approaching end of life that could end the voyage (assuming you haven't replaced them recently). Including:

Rigging - wire but especially mast tangs and chainplates. Shackles, turnbuckles, spreaders fittings, spreaders. Any screw going into the mast or boom. Halyard shackles. Boom bails. Check the boom for corrosion.

Steering - bearings, tiller fittings

Engine - all hoses (fuel and water), spare alternators, spare starter, spare charged battery in a locker that can be brought out for emergency starting. Clean the fuel tank.

+1 that a PLB with GPS is a fine and a much cheaper option to an EPRIB. Less than $300US these days.

AIS receiver for sure (connected to laptop is fine).

Solar panel for sure

If you are not sailing high latitudes then an inflatable dinghy with EPIRB/PLB might stand in for a life raft.

And of course, protect against the biggest danger as best you can - man overboard -- top quality harness gear and jack lines, double checked life lines and stanchions, and maybe new lifeline wire and fittings. Plus a rule to always be clipped in. Can your girl friend get you back in the boat?

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Re: Equipment for Round-the-World Cruising (33', 1975 Boat)

Going on three pages of responses and no one has mentioned the most essential.

BEER! Lots and lots of BEER
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Re: Equipment for Round-the-World Cruising (33', 1975 Boat)

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Going on three pages of responses and no one has mentioned the most essential.

BEER! Lots and lots of BEER
Nah...home brew kits or spirits.....
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Going on three pages of responses and no one has mentioned the most essential.

BEER! Lots and lots of BEER
In terms of the volume/effect ratio, rum makes more sense.

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