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Old 07-01-2012, 11:56   #1
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Advice for Hitch Hikers

If you were going to crew for an while ( 3mo. or more) and likely change vessels along the way, what would you take with you? General advice, not a specific trip here. Just, as a traveler, what would you make sure of?
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:12   #2
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Other than walking shoes, deck shoes and clothing for appropriate seasons in appropriate breathable layers; my best foulies and boots, seasick med that works for you (if applicable), a riggers knife, inflatable PFD, harness and tether. You've now fiilled up two bags. That's enough.
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enough money to get home......and a number of methods of accessing your cash (nothing half as frustrating as being flat broke - simply because an ATM machine ate your only card)......preferably also someone who could wire cash down via Western Union at short notice.

Skipper won't thank me (as harder to stow), but wheels on your case make life a lot easier.......soft luggage, not a samsonite .
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Advice for hitchikers-

Learn to spell (;
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Learn to spell (; "

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Other than walking shoes, deck shoes and clothing for appropriate seasons in appropriate breathable layers; my best foulies and boots, seasick med that works for you (if applicable), a riggers knife, inflatable PFD, harness and tether. You've now fiilled up two bags. That's enough.
I would add to this my own handheld GPS, VHF, and a decent smartphone. Maybe a Kindle or equivalent too, for entertainment. You can bring a whole lot of your own books on a Kindle.
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Agree with everything on the list. I'd also add my own plb or epirb.
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Re: Advice for hitchikers-

I am about to take off on a fairly extensive cruise and at the moment only have a crew to Alameda,CA where I plan on looking for someone to sail with me longer/further.
Most of the stuff you recommend I feel it is my responsibility as skipper to provide: deck boots, harness, weather gear">foul weather gear, personal EPRIB, hand held VHF, all meals (on-shore as well), a fund set up to provide a ticket home if it doesn't work out, bit of spending money on shore, etc.....basically I will provide for my crew in all ways giving as few reasons as possible for someone to be hesitant about crewing. One extra I will provide a back ground check on myself as I would require one on my crew.
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If there's room, a sleep sack, which is something like a sleeping bag made of just a silk sheet. Very lightweight and compact. Also one good towel, which often can double as a pillow. They're nice luxuries.
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If there's room, a sleep sack, which is something like a sleeping bag made of just a silk sheet. Very lightweight and compact. Also one good towel, which often can double as a pillow. They're nice luxuries.

OMG, we all forgot the towel! Everyone knows a hitchiker must have a towel. How else will you survive when the Ravenous Bugbladder Beast of Traal shows up if you can't wrap your towel around your head to convince him that if you cant see him, he can't see you! It's in the Hitchikers Guide, after all...
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I like the sunglasses better, the scarier the situation the darker they become.
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If you were going to crew for an while ( 3mo. or more) and likely change vessels along the way, what would you take with you? General advice, not a specific trip here. Just, as a traveler, what would you make sure of?
Most definitely the best handheld GPS you can afford, good boots and several pairs of good socks. The best foul weather gear you can afford, wool cap, sailing gloves, and a wave leatherman. Blue blazer and khakis and two pair of good jeans. Several turtle necks, including sweater. Long underwear and two pair of work shorts. Deck shoes ( long lace sneaker type ) sunglasses and sunscreen. Small waterproof/resistant digital camera plus an iPhone or other similar smart phone. Meds of your choice and a flask for bourbon or scotch. All this and more can be carried in duffle like the large Gill which can be carried on the shoulder or wheeled through the airport. Waistband wallet for passport, cash and credit cards.
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