sheet to tiller steering
?! Try it out, tell us how it worked!
emergency rudder?! wtf... the most crazy things are on the list but an emergency tiller, which really is a must-have item is nowhere to be found!
oars & sailing kit dinghy
?! seriously? how about a decent rib
and spare gas jerry jugs for it. Allows you to motor
into shelter even if the main engine
breaks down. A paddle is all that is needed to backup the outboard.
shortwave receiver: we too had one but it was about the first item we sold. A marine SSB
or HAM HF radio
is the best receiver and a cruiser should really have that.
depthsounder, SPOT: off the list, not essential.
here, another one: block & tackle to be used as vang and preventer... at the same time?! Why not just buy a boom vang
and leave it on the boom until it falls off from old age? For preventer you don't need the purchase
of block & tackle, off the list with preventers because you can just use any piece of line, like a spare sheet. A block and tackle should be used as spare or bring-aboard item only, no double duty as boom vang
water 5 gallon containers: off the list, boat has water tank.
oil lamps with red & green paper?! that'll work... how much light is gonna shine through the paper?! It's hard to see an oil lamp
at see without covering it with paper!
essential?! that is ridiculous. To know which restaurant serves what?! off the list or may be replace with almanac if one exists for the area you're in.
drifters?! like in multiple, more than one?! all of them are non essential, off the list!
canvas acting as rain catcher... as good as it sounds, it doesn't work most of the time. In all the years, I have never seen one that works. The systems that work use the main sail & boom, or the decks, or a bimini
with gutters. awnings with wind
means all the water goes everywhere except in the container you want it to go.. but it will be a source of entertainment so why not, bring one
no gloves for hauling anchor: windlass
is mandatory. Not having a windlass on boat that is out cruising is like sticking your head
into the mouth of the crocodile every day to show how macho you are... will end in drama.
3 reefed main should be main with three reefs
Food and drink is way more essential than shown on the list. I agree with others that at least rum but also coffee (kit to brew it) should be on the list. Since man has sailed the seas, food & drink has been considered (still is) one of the most important things aboard. Good for moral, energy to deal with the storm etc.
Another item: spare Dyneema halyard
with block at masthead, rigged ready to be used as halyard
or as emergency stay/shroud.
dive knife tied to the boom close to the mast
, when we're talking essential, this is it!
a horn. not just essential but required by law
a computer for email
, weather, navigation
, entertainment etc.
long range wifi
work lights on deck
like spreader lights or those elastic band lights around your head
unlocked world cell phone
and unlocked 3G cell modem
(or smart phone
that can do the same)
ample supply of polarized sun glasses
- Spanish - French dictionary
instruction book for sailors (one in first aid kit is a joke)
cook book with instructions on how to clean fish
, crabs, chickens etc. in addition to recipes
(the old fashioned ones have it)
ships log: essential plus required by law