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Old 11-08-2009, 20:15   #1
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The Admiral Wants To Know Your Top Ten

As we continue preparing ourselves and the boat for our Bahamian, Cuba, East Coast cruise, the Admiral needs to know what are your Top Ten things we cannot leave without. I know, besides money, food and water - let us know thanks!
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Old 11-08-2009, 20:22   #2
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Hot lingerie. Very, VERY important.
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Old 11-08-2009, 20:24   #3
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OK, ok...

Mamma says: watermaker, and ice maker - assuming you have a generator.
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I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT leave without the Tony Chachere's and Tabasco sauce.
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A DVD and BlueRay player. A nice sound system. Plenty of reading material or a Kindle loaded with books. An enormous music collection. A case of tempura sauce. Wasabi, ginger and soy sauce. An inflatable hot tub. An iPod. Enough wine to last the whole cruise. Foam ear plugs. Massage oil. A folding bicycle. A kayak. A windsurfer.

That's ten not absolutely essentials plus four bonus items...enjoy!
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I for certain second the foam ear plugs. Never leave on any but the most tame trip without them. Plus bring a years worth of your favorite sunscreen. Hard to find sunscreen I like away from home.
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Old 11-08-2009, 20:49   #7
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Some key spares:
alternator/ regulator
engine key
oil and filters
belts
antifreeze
tools
refrigerant gas
eyeglasses
batteries, flashlights
favorite shampoo and toothpaste
duplicates of documents
digital camera
laptop
hand held vhf
hand held gps
paper charts
cruising guides
epoxy repair kits
misc wood
sail clothe and sewing gear
lines
lift raft w/ ditch bag
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Old 11-08-2009, 22:35   #8
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I for certain second the foam ear plugs. Never leave on any but the most tame trip without them. Plus bring a years worth of your favorite sunscreen. Hard to find sunscreen I like away from home.
Ear plugs are a new one for me. What is the purpose - besides keeping noise out - LOL...

Engine Spares - Boating = fixing your boat in exotic places
Consumables - oil, coolant, greases, silicone sprays
Sail repair stuff - Or spare sails
Tackle - more ground and dock tackle than you think you need
Selection of blocks so forth suitable for your boat

Consider also what not to bring - i.e. know the regualtions and customs of the countries you will visit.

Passports & visas?

There are a lot more than 10 things to bring and if you already have a handle on some of the good provisioning lists that are posted here from time to time and are looking for the top 10 "comfort" items I would second the music, books, card games, board games stuff.

Good time to take up a hobby like macrame, decorative knotting, etc...

Lingerie is also a good idea. Maybe even for the first mate as well
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only thing earplugs does is keep out the sounds of mother nature--those are needed to know whenye are dragging anchor and when storms are coming in the night--and the pitch of the wind....all the good ma nature sounds......
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I was sailing along in the mid teens with the wind howling through the holes in my Anderson turnbuckles. I didn't have ear plugs, but I did tape the holes shut. The howling was an irritable sound, and seemed to be the cry of mayhem..........i2f
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Petersons Field Guide to Birds of North America and also a good book on types of fish, one that tells you what's good eating. The Bird book doesn't have to tell you what's good eating, although I do have an excellent recipe for Torres Straits pigeons.
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when the cry of mayhem changes pitch is time to LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!
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1) good company,
2) good ship,
3) water,
4) food,
5) diesel,
6) spares,
7) hats,
8) shades,
9) sunblock,
10) swimming trunks.

Actually 10) is a 'nice to have but' you can do without ;-)
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Good canvas (dodger, bimini, breathable side curtains, and deck canvas)
Good anchoring gear, a bigger anchor then specified, a windlass with spare parts, chain.
A relaible autopilot with spares, driving round the clock can be a real drag with a small crew.
Good sails that can be reefed easily and efficiently.

and other have mentioned, lingerie.
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Fishing and snorkeling gear to catch something to put David M's wasabe. soy sauce, and ginger on.

and as I read somewhere "Wine, beer, and fuel filters out the ying yang"
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