I can't opine on your vessel, so I will defer to those more familiar with it.
I took a safety at sea seminar at Annapolis
before my Bermuda run. I found it very informative.
In addition to Camaderies suggestions.....
Long range communications
to me, is essential. SSB
, or other means of communicating and obtaining weather data. weather faxes!
Know how to use it.
You might want to consider purchasing
some gulf stream
routing information from one of the purveyors of that info. Jennifer Clarke is most well known. Excellent information!
Check in with Herb Hildenberg. for weather routing.
I had an experienced ocean sailor inspect my vessel and make a list of suggestions:
here's a few he made that I implemented.
Have a means of fastening any loose floorboards down. I attached a hook and bungy cord system. To each board to keep them in place.
Lee cloths didn't hold up for me on the first trip...so we made a crib rail system for the salon
berth. When I'm not using it to sleep at sea...it's great for keeping gear from bouncing around.
Have a means of fastening your companion way boards shut. I have two slide latches
in the bottom board to keep it in place. The other two we run a line up through a hole in the top board to small cleats
inside and out...this will help keep seas from getting in...and boards from flying out.
I don't allow glass on my vessel when at sea.
Take a swim..when you can...it's refreshing and rejuvenating..
Have plenty of ready to eat foods that require no cooking
or prepartion..if you get into weather...you need quick easy energy. ( keep food
dry) Paper and carboard packaging will absorb all moisture...( food
is a chapter)
if you know of advancing weather...cook a hot meal and make some hot water
to keep in a thermos. )
Do you have storm sails
? a storm jib
, a trisail? I would recommend at least a storm jib
and a triple reefed main...no less than a double reef.
Redundant GPS's...an extra handheld...is cheap
Check your position regularly, keep a paper chart backup. The Stream is a river...you want to make sure you are not sailing backwards......or in my case it was sideways..for awhile...haha...
try to take full advantage of the favorable eddies...they can help push you where you want to be.
Catch fish!!!...and have fun..!