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Old 26-05-2014, 13:57   #16
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

Inflatable PFD and re-arm kit. You'll need to remove the existing cartridge from the PFD and pack it separately for the airline to let you on.

Sunglasses and if you wear glasses, a spare pair of those.

A pair of beat up sneakers that you don't mind shredding on coral or wherever your wanders take you.

And the advice about taking as little as possible is good. One approach is to select a reasonably sized bag (e.g. 60L) and only take what you can fit in it as well as a small daypack.
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Old 26-05-2014, 14:41   #17
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

Traveled in shorts, shirt ,and sandals, and always carry my iPad (w/Navionics). Packed change of clothes (Swim trunks, shaving kit, shorts, and T shirt). Less is more!
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Old 26-05-2014, 16:56   #18
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

It would be a good idea to pack some long sleeves and pants, insect repellent, and read up on the Chikungunya virus, which is now in the Caribbean. Do a Google search or go to the CDC travel alert web site.

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Old 26-05-2014, 17:17   #19
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

My last charter I regretted not bringing more Starbucks instant coffee sticks and Oats & Honey granola bars. I function on both till the anchor is set for the nite.
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

You can always buy clothing appropriate to the area there, so I agree with all the advice to travel light clothing-wise. I would also like to have my own tool kit, as I would doubt that the one on the boat would be good. If you're planning overnight sails, you should have your tether with you, and I'd say a lifejacket. Not the cartridge/inflatable kind, because they will not let you on an airplane with yours. The ones under the seat are exempt, but ours have been disallowed.

Mosquito prophylaxis, for sure, because none of the mosquito-borne diseases are nice, and some are spread by daytime biters, like chikungunya.

Mark Twain wrote that when traveling, one should take less clothing and more money, and I think that's still how it is.

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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

Regarding CO2 cartridges.

I have carried them on both US and Canadian airlines.

My last US flight was from SFO to YYC on United

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United accepts one carbon dioxide (CO2) powered inflatable life jacket as checked or carry-on baggage. The life jacket may be packed in a checked or carry-on bag or carried as a single item in lieu of a checked or carry-on bag.

Life jacket restrictions:

Up to two small non-flammable gas cylinders fitted into the life jacket and up to two small spare cartridges will be accepted.
Flares and/or flare guns attached to the life jacket are strictly prohibited and must be removed or the life jacket will not be accepted.
United Airlines - Items Prohibited From Checked Luggage and Carry-on Baggage

I print this page and declare the pfd to to a ticket agent. They usually have to do some checking. Then the luggage goes throug oversize baggage where it is x-rayed.

I also fly Air Canada and Westjet in Canada with a pfd and cartridges.

Check with you airline. Print the the appropriate page. Declare the pfd.
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Old 27-05-2014, 08:26   #22
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

This list has worked well for us:

IMPORTANT: PACK EVERYTHING IN SOFT LUGGAGE OR DUFFELS, NOT IN HARD SUITCASES

CLOTHING

Note that air temperatures day and night will most likely remain in the 80’s and 90’s.

o Short-sleeved t-shirts
o Long-sleeved, light-weight cotton shirt(s) - for sunburn and/or bug protection
o Nice short-sleeved shirts (2-3) or sundress - for shore trips in civilized places
o Nice pair of shorts to go with the nice shirt(s)
o Scruffy shorts for sailing and beach (may get wet)
o Change of clothes for airline travel home
o Underwear
o Soft-soled, non-scuffing shoes or sandals – may get wet
o Walking shoes (optional), with socks
o Sun and/or bad hair hat(s)
o Retainer strap for hat (for wind)
o Rain gear (poncho or jacket and pants, but not an umbrella)
o Sleepwear

SWIMMING & SNORKELING

o Old short-sleeved t-shirt(s) - for sun protection while in the water
o Swim suits
o Fins (optional; will also be supplied with the boat)
o Dive mask (optional, but recommended; will also be supplied with the boat)
o Snorkel (optional; will also be supplied with the boat)
o Coral shoes (old tennis shoes, or similar)
o Life jacket (optional; will also be supplied with the boat)

SCUBA DIVING

o Dive Mask
o Anti-fogging spray
o Snorkel
o Snorkel retainer rings
o Fins
o Skins
o Regulator
o BCD
o Watch
o Knife
o Light(s) and batteries
o Spare O-rings, lubes and tools
o Gloves
o Weight belt
o Underwater camera, film and batteries (optional)
o PADI card
o Dive time calculation card and manuals
o Hair tie, for those that need it

SAILING

Crew: (all optional)
o Gloves
o Guide book
o Binoculars
o Burgee
o Fishing gear and filet knife

Captain only:
o Charter company’s paperwork filled in and signed
o Crew list – multiple copies
o GPS with map loaded, and batteries
o Charts and/or chart book
o Log book
o Hand bearing compass
o Wind speed indicator
o Pens
o Mechanical pencil and eraser
o Wind scoop(s)
o Basic hand tools, Leatherman, etc.
o Telltales
o Duct tape
o Wire

PERSONAL

o Passport
o Airline tickets and/or e-ticket itinerary
o Hotel reservation(s), if required by itinerary
o Cash or travelers checks
o Checkbook – CRM only
o Credit card(s)
o Drivers License – may be required for ID with credit cards
o Cell phone and 12v charger
o List of contact numbers for people back home and emergency numbers
o Sunglasses
o Croakies
o Glasses
o Spare glasses or contacts
o Prescription medicine
o Dramamine, or Scopolamine patches
o Aspirin, Rolaids, etc., as desired
o Imodium
o First-aid supplies
o Sunscreen, various SPF
o Aloe Vera
o Skin and face lotion
o Chapstick, or similar
o Cortizone
o Tooth brush
o Tooth paste
o Deodorant
o Shaver or razor
o Pre-shave lotion or cream
o After-shave lotion
o Shower and face soap
o Shampoo & conditioner
o Towel and washcloth (optional)
o Saltwater shampoo (optional)
o Hand laundry soap (optional)
o Wet wipes for shore trips
o Nail file and/or clippers
o Clothes pins
o Insect repellant
o Zip-lock storage bags, various sizes, for protection of sensitive items
o Books or other reading material
o CD’s
o Camera, with batteries, memory cards, 12v charger, download wires, and case
o Laptop, with 12v charger (optional)
o Electrical adapters as required
o Diary notebook (optional)
o Flashlight, with spare batteries
o Backpack or fanny pack for shore trips
o Playing cards and other game items
o Favorite teddy bear and blanky

COOKING

o (Check boat inventory list first)
o Waste bags
o Storage bags, various sizes
o Scissors
o Any special utensils
o Disposable wash clothes

FOOD AND DRINK

o Consider partial provisioning through charter company
o Spices and seasonings
o Sauce mixes
o Marinade mixes
o Box or package meals from home, if desired
o Fresh fruit and vegetables
o Meat and fish
o Water
o Beer
o Rum
o Soft drinks
o Cereal
o Eggs
o Bacon
o Milk
o Sandwich meat
o Cheese slices
o Condiments
o Bread
o Buns
o Munchies
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Old 27-05-2014, 09:41   #23
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

Less clothes...yes, yes, yes.

Here is my packing strategy:

First: Each person brings a carry-on with personal essentials, swimsuit, and shorts/button up short-sleeve shirt. In case your checked bag gets delayed, you do not want to give up a day or two of your sailing trip by waiting at the marina for your bag. So be ready to set sail with just your carry-on bag. You do not want to bring any more clothing than what's in your carry-on. Button-up shirts are more comfortable/versatile than t-shirts. Bring a hat.

Second: I pack a duffle with snorkel gear. Yes, charter boats include snorkel gear, but the quality and maintenance is usually low. I love snorkeling, so it's worth it to me to bring my own gear. If I'm leaving the same airport with a traveling companion, I can fit two snorkel rigs in one bag. (If you ignore this advice, at least thoroughly check the mask and fins that the charter company gives you before you leave the harbor.) I have one or two people on the trip bring a tarp and ropes/bungies. The purpose of the tarp is to create a breeze funnel/rain cover for deck hatches. Makes time in bed much more pleasant. The tarp can be packed in the same duffel, around the snorkel gear.

Bring some recorded music. Find out what type of playback system the boat has, or bring your own.

Tool kit: I don't take them. The boats have basic tools. If you can't fix it with basic tools, call the charter company and they will send somebody out to fix it for you. Charter vacations are too short and expensive to spend time fixing somebody elese' boat.

Attitude: Once you set foot in the airplane, consciously switch your attitude to island time.

Don't forget your passport.
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

White t shirts are much cooler than the colored ones you wear at home, and don't attract as many mosquitos.
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Crm thank you!! Thats a full answer
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Less clothes...yes, yes, yes.

Here is my packing strategy:

First: Each person brings a carry-on with personal essentials, swimsuit, and shorts/button up short-sleeve shirt. In case your checked bag gets delayed, you do not want to give up a day or two of your sailing trip by waiting at the marina for your bag. So be ready to set sail with just your carry-on bag. You do not want to bring any more clothing than what's in your carry-on. Button-up shirts are more comfortable/versatile than t-shirts. Bring a hat.

Second: I pack a duffle with snorkel gear. Yes, charter boats include snorkel gear, but the quality and maintenance is usually low. I love snorkeling, so it's worth it to me to bring my own gear. If I'm leaving the same airport with a traveling companion, I can fit two snorkel rigs in one bag. (If you ignore this advice, at least thoroughly check the mask and fins that the charter company gives you before you leave the harbor.) I have one or two people on the trip bring a tarp and ropes/bungies. The purpose of the tarp is to create a breeze funnel/rain cover for deck hatches. Makes time in bed much more pleasant. The tarp can be packed in the same duffel, around the snorkel gear.

Bring some recorded music. Find out what type of playback system the boat has, or bring your own.

Tool kit: I don't take them. The boats have basic tools. If you can't fix it with basic tools, call the charter company and they will send somebody out to fix it for you. Charter vacations are too short and expensive to spend time fixing somebody elese' boat.

Attitude: Once you set foot in the airplane, consciously switch your attitude to island time.

Don't forget your passport.

Id like to know more about the tarp thing...setup and purchase
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Regarding CO2 cartridges.

I have carried them on both US and Canadian airlines.

My last US flight was from SFO to YYC on United



United Airlines - Items Prohibited From Checked Luggage and Carry-on Baggage

I print this page and declare the pfd to to a ticket agent. They usually have to do some checking. Then the luggage goes throug oversize baggage where it is x-rayed.

I also fly Air Canada and Westjet in Canada with a pfd and cartridges.

Check with you airline. Print the the appropriate page. Declare the pfd.

This is very good info- thanks for the link
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Id like to know more about the tarp thing...setup and purchase
The reason for the tarps is that when you are trying to sleep or have fun in the cabin, it can get uncomfortably hot. Even if there is a fan, it will simply blow a little hot air around - not good enough. The logical thing to do is open a hatch. That will give you some fresh, cool, night air, but more would be better. When your slumbering, there's a good chance it will start raining. Maybe not hard enough at first to arouse you to action, but eventually you will get wet, wake up, and have to close the hatch. Of course you will then get hot, but now your sheets and mattress will be wet. And stay wet for the rest of the trip. So the tarp has two functions: 1) scoop the breeze and funnel it into the cabin through the hatch; 2) prevent rain from entering the hatch.

The hard part is how to set it up, especially because you haven't seen the boat you'll be using. I bring a one or two small tarps, several bungies of different lengths, some light rope, zipties, tarp grabbers. Then I Mcguyver a configuration after I've had a few cocktails at the first mooring. It's part of the fun of chartering for me; somtimes it works great; sometimes it's a flapping mess, but I always figure it out by the seond night. The whole rig should weigh no more than a couple of pounds and should not significantly increase the volume of your checked bag.
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