When I was young and stupid my mate and I decided to go sailing. Our safety equipment
consisted of 2 lifejackets, 2 harnesses and a VHF
Our navigation equipment
Sea northern portion, South China
Sea southern portion circa 1940's)
1 hand held gps
1 30m steel
tape measure with a shackle on the end (our depth
The lonely Planet guide to SE Asia
(with handy navigational insights such as."...and you can walk out to the island at low tide").
It was enough to get us from HK, round the Gulf of Thailand
, Malaysian peninsula, Singapore
, Phuket, Andaman Is, back down the straits, across to Borneo, up through the Philippines
and back to HK. Somewhere in the region of 10,000 miles I guess - most of this without an engine
which could only be coaxed into life with a few hours of engineering wizardry and some furious hand cranking.
If we'd waited to get everything that you're 'supposed' to have, we'd never have gone. Instead I had one of the most memorable years of my life.
If you want to go..... just go. If you want a good excuse not to, there are thousands of them.