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Old 23-01-2015, 21:43   #1
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Some 'Must-Haves"?

I know you are required to carry certain things by law but outside of that, what are some 'must-haves' for you on your sailboat and why?
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Old 23-01-2015, 21:50   #2
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

Yep, crew; so you can sleep and keep on sailing
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Old 23-01-2015, 21:56   #3
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

A solar shower, just in case the power goes out.
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

A cheap Harbor Freight generator Item# 60338. Always handy for many things. Its small enough to stow easy.
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A cheap Harbor Freight ...
HF is NEVER cheap, 'cuz you end up replacing it, almost immediately.

HF tools = OK

HF electrical anything = disaster

(only from a few decades of boating forum experiences)
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Old 24-01-2015, 14:45   #6
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HF is NEVER cheap, 'cuz you end up replacing it, almost immediately.

HF tools = OK

HF electrical anything = disaster

(only from a few decades of boating forum experiences)
I like my cheap harbor freight stuff, when it breaks, just toss it and get another. A 100 dollar generator, is just cheap enough to be disposable, though I have 3 and have had them for 7 years without fail. I did have one that failed, or more correctly, decided to go for a sink off the Canaries. Better a 100 dollar one than a 500 dollar one.

Another thing that is a must have for me is a 2 1/2 gallon Wet/Dry shop vac.
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Old 24-01-2015, 14:56   #7
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

If Yankee would have had a $100 Harbor Freight generator, they could have used it to start the main generator, and then the main engine, and she'd still have been sailing today instead of rusting away on a reef in the South Pacific.

Just sayin.
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

Hello,

I have the HF generator. It works but very noisy. I might get this one instead:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FL89I2W/...I28XE2M39VFK96

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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

Nothing or pretty close to nothing is as useful as a good autopilot!
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

EPIRB...

I can not understand why people are still running around without these. Even at $500 (can be had for way less) and a 5 year battery life that is only $8.33/month. Its just a no-brainer. Even for coastal stuff.

Shop carefully and you can get one for $350 with a 7 year battery life...
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

The list is endless and one persons must haves doesn't even make the list of someone else's. You can cruise exactly like they did 30-40 years ago with very little or you can blow your brains out buying stuff you don't really need. In the end only you can do the due diligence and make the final decisions.
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RHUM!
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Some 'Must-Haves"?

A positive attitude, a GOOD set of tools and a basic understanding of how to use them.

On a higher level-- vhf, plotter, auto pilot, EPIRB, AIS receiver ,-AiS transponder - radar-- solar-- all sorts of goodies


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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

Water.

When out in the middle of a big sea of salt water, fresh water is priceless, especially if you are running low and do not have a water maker.
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Re: Some 'Must-Haves"?

Mask, Fins, Snokle, Dive Knife and wetsuit.
binoculars, and dont go cheap on these.
paper charts, parallel rules, dividers, compass, and the know how to use them. Sometimes technology will desert you laughing.

More important MUST HAVE is PATIENCE! Patience from bilge to crows nest, port to starboard, pushpit to bowspirt.
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