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Old 29-05-2014, 11:24   #31
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

As for clothes do a google search on 'boating nudity as a way of life in the tropics'.
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Old 29-05-2014, 12:27   #32
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As for clothes do a google search on 'boating nudity as a way of life in the tropics'.
Just don't open any youtube links.....

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Old 29-05-2014, 12:42   #33
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Are we talking about a setup like in these pictures?
Kinda, not really...those are way too big. Your charter boat should include some kind of shading device for the cockpit; if not, find another boat to charter.

I'm talking about a small tarp that can be configured to direct wind into an open deck hatch while simultaneously preventing rain from entering. That means something that's close to the deck. I don't have any photos, but here's a description and photo of somebody else's take on the idea:
Low Profile Wind Scoop

I always use whatever I have around the house or buy the smallest tarp at the hardware store. Therefore, mine are not trapezoidal like the one in the photo, but they still work. Also, I try to rig mine so that the leading edge is further forward of the hatch than the one shown in the photo. More forward means less rain blowing in. As shown in the photo, the trailing edge should be close to the deck to better force the air down through the hatch.
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Old 29-05-2014, 13:30   #35
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

This is a great checklist.

Traveling light, though? Mebbe not.

I went out on a friend's identical boat last week. I have everything I need on my boat. He schleped 99% of this stuff with him from his car and STILL forgot some stuff he "needed." I am always amazed at how people have reasonably sized recreational boats who still need to bring all sorts of stuff with them when they could leave stuff on their boats and ease their "Let's Go Sailing" issues.

I recognize that this is for a charter, and, therefore, somewhat different.

For the OP, go through this list carefully and choose wisely based on others' input.

For everyone else, this is really a great checklist for "stuff" in all situations.

Thanks for posting it.

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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 29-05-2014, 18:07   #36
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Damn it tomfl! There are some things that just can't be unseen!

How the hell am I supposed to explain to my girlfriend why I just laughed for the past 2 minutes.....

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Old 30-05-2014, 09:25   #37
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Damn it tomfl! There are some things that just can't be unseen!

How the hell am I supposed to explain to my girlfriend why I just laughed for the past 2 minutes.....

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Old 31-05-2014, 19:41   #38
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Re: What to pack for first time charter?

I think an experianced sailor might be a good thing to bring along.
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I think an experianced sailor might be a good thing to bring along.
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yes perfect!!

sat phone to keep the queen calm...
I just sailed from St. Martin to Puerto Rico, through the BVI. There was cellular service near every island. A Sat phone seems overkill to me.

Clothing management is important on a boat. My system is to keep wearing the same outfit day after day until something gets really nasty. This is usually due to having to tear the lower unit off your outboard, or some equally dirty job. Keep one outfit clean for going shore-side. It's amazing how few clothes you really need.
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What to pack for first time charter?

Honestly I don't think there's such a thing as overkill when it comes to sailing unless we're talking about bringing too much stuff or trim
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Re: What to Pack for First Time Charter?

From your list

nautical almanac - sextant-No
binoculars-No
a sailors knife-Maybe
a few books-Only 1
sat phone-No need
snorkel gear-Yes but you should be able to get some from the operator
sun block-Yes
sailing gloves-Yes
hat-Definetly
head lamp-Maybe
spare gps-No

Just pack light, UV protection clothing. If your going to St Martin if theres anything you forgot and REALLY ned you'll be able to get it there.

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Re: What to Pack for First Time Charter?

Insect Repellant!! - the good old fashioned kind with high deet content. The newer botanicals and non deet alternatives don't seem to work on these little buggers down here. Only one other poster has mentioned chikungunya, its serious and caution is advised. The mosquito that carries it is only active during the day. Any shore planned activities should include insect repellant. If you anchor out or are on a mooring, it should not be a problem.

Oh, and beer mittens, gotta keep the beer cold!

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