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Old 12-04-2012, 06:55   #166
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Re: The Cruisers Essentials List

Alright- corrections from this last couple of pages: Added horn (next to flares). Put logbook next to rules of road book. Flags (inc. Q) are there. I put plate and poles and clamps, screws etc. to construct either emergency tiller or rudder. That's combining from Atoll and your imput. I won't get rid of the mutifunctional bucket- cloth or plastic is your choice. I did put back in the Satphone/SSB in the form of long distance communication. That and GPS are really only essential offshore. I changed the Lamps to 3 generic, and got rid of the flashlight to make one catagory. Everyone can agree that you do need light sometimes.
Finally, I realized that a computer is definitely not essential. After a few posts last night I found it refreshing to turn off mine.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:08   #167
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We are down to 48 categories of stuff. I think it is getting pretty trim. Remember no personal preferences. Just stuff you have to have. Thanks Me and Boo for the encouragement.
Buckets, cloth or rigid.
GPS- needed offshore only.
Someway of communication over long distance: Shortwave reciever, SSB or satphone. Offshore only.
VHF
Dingy/liferaft unsinkable type with oars
Self steering mechanism- windvane, autopilot or sheet to tiller.
Depth Sounder
Bilge pump manual or electric
Emergency steering devices- or enough flat plate and poles and fasteners to construct such.
EPIRB/Spot (offshore only)
Head/Sanitation
Harness and tether, life presevers. (per sailor)
Flares, horn
First Aid Kit to include seasickness Rx.
Fire extinguishers
Means of preparing food.(personal choice)
Navigation lights to meet legal standards
Ships Batteries
Means of recharging batteries (personal choice)
Multimeter
weather gear">Foul weather gear (per sailor)
Hand tools
Block and tackle can used as vang/ preventer/ hoisting tackle
Whisker pole which can be used as boat hook, etc.
Water 5 gallon containers/or some way to store water.
Fuel jerry cans
Bosun's chair or some way to climb the mast
Swim ladder or rear step up
Snorkling gear or goggles for checking hull and prop, anchor.
Additional sources of light: D-cell or oil lamps or flashlights (3)
Anchor roller
Anchors (3)
Hand bearing compass
Rules of the road book, logbook
Binoculars
Chronometer/watch?
Charts, nav tables, cruising guides, basic nav. gear
Sails, including storm jib, 3 reefed main, drifter
Canvas which acts as rain catcher, awning.
Sail and canvas repair kit
Splicing fids + marlinspike gear
Flags for nations, comunnication(Q)
Chain for anchors
Mechanism to retrieve and place anchor (windlass, gloves, etc)
Abandon ship bag??
epoxy and basic boat repair kit- personalized for boat
Winch handles
Some way to cut away the rigging (cable cutters or hacksaw)
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:45   #168
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A couple of thoughts:

1)I'm more of a minimalist than a "depravationist" but since studying We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific by David Lewis, I haven't needed any nav electronics whatsoever; saving space, time, and money. I know a lot of CFers scoff at actually reading any sailing books but I'm just saying that my electronics never need updating, saving even more money. And all my systems are integrated thru my corpus collosum. When I need more left brain thinking, I switch my toothbrushing hand.

I still have my Weems & Plath but I've cleverly converted it into a short barreled 10ga defense riot gun/bong/microscope. Please don't tell anyone. I don't use the bong function myself, honestly, but I run into savages everywhere I go. A little hospitality goes a long ways with primitive types, particularly at beach blanket and Bingo! barbies.

2) I have a composting toilet/shower/dishwasher/laundromat/bidet/butt spritzer/methane gas source for my cooking/watermaking/sugar cane/distillation operation/brewery/generator and fuel for the auxillary. I built it out of a brand newish porta potty that a real yachtsman threw into the dumpster. I've located my laptop nearby as I'm often inspired to both dribble and drivel, as now.

One last secret: I have my 1700# of ballast tied on by my spare Dyneema halyard. In the event of a possible sinking, I will part the Dyneema with the methane cutter/brazing rig I have, and remain afloat to live another day: "Home is the sailor, home from the sea ..."

You all keep working for that dream boat, ah'm retarred.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:00   #169
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Now that was funny....
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Drogue?

(I stow mine right next to the emergency rudder.)
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We are down to 48 categories of stuff. I think it is getting pretty trim. Remember no personal preferences. Just stuff you have to have. Thanks Me and Boo for the encouragement.
Buckets, cloth or rigid.
GPS- needed offshore only.
Someway of communication over long distance: Shortwave reciever, SSB or satphone. Offshore only.
VHF
Dingy/liferaft unsinkable type with oars
Self steering mechanism- windvane, autopilot or sheet to tiller.
Depth Sounder
Bilge pump manual or electric
Emergency steering devices- or enough flat plate and poles and fasteners to construct such.
EPIRB/Spot (offshore only)
Head/Sanitation
Harness and tether, life presevers. (per sailor)
Flares, horn
First Aid Kit to include seasickness Rx.
Fire extinguishers
Means of preparing food.(personal choice)
Navigation lights to meet legal standards
Ships Batteries
Means of recharging batteries (personal choice)
Multimeter
Foul weather gear (per sailor)
Hand tools
Block and tackle can used as vang/ preventer/ hoisting tackle
Whisker pole which can be used as boat hook, etc.
Water 5 gallon containers/or some way to store water.
Fuel jerry cans
Bosun's chair or some way to climb the mast
Swim ladder or rear step up
Snorkling gear or goggles for checking hull and prop, anchor.
Additional sources of light: D-cell or oil lamps or flashlights (3)
Anchor roller
Anchors (3)
Hand bearing compass
Rules of the road book, logbook
Binoculars
Chronometer/watch?
Charts, nav tables, cruising guides, basic nav. gear
Sails, including storm jib, 3 reefed main, drifter
Canvas which acts as rain catcher, awning.
Sail and canvas repair kit
Splicing fids + marlinspike gear
Flags for nations, comunnication(Q)
Chain for anchors
Mechanism to retrieve and place anchor (windlass, gloves, etc)
Abandon ship bag??
epoxy and basic boat repair kit- personalized for boat
Winch handles
Some way to cut away the rigging (cable cutters or hacksaw)
Just came across this thread and had somehow missed it. What a great volume of work by everybody putting this together!

btw: speaking of "wikis" will this list be posted by anybody onto the Cruiser's Wiki once it's at Rev.Z? I haven't looked into the wiki too much as yet (and definitely haven't contributed) but a list like this would be a great addition i'm sure!
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It still has a little ways to go, but yes I will make sure we don't loose it. I am sure the Mods have been looking it over, and I will always have it on my desktop to be sent by PM.
BTW- the bucket also makes a great salad bowl!!
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I did forget to state a combination corkscrew, foil cutter and bottle opener. Essential for anything in a bottle or can.
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BTW- the bucket also makes a great salad bowl!!
I use mine for that too but didn't want to gross anyone out. It also catches the condensation drips from my A/C, which the first mate sheep uses for a water bowl.
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ships log: essential plus required by law
Maybe law on a Jedi planet.... I wouldn't go that far. Probably depends on the flag of registration. Check with your insurance, it could be an insurance requirement. It wasn't for us, and we didn't keep a log in paper.

We do maintain a spreadsheet with typical log/maintenance items, just for us. Easier to re-organize (by date, fuel-consumption, miles, engine hours, etc). But this wouldn't be any good in court, if required.

There were several long discussions what to enter in a log, if at all..... I like this one:

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For the likes of us... only for the pedantic....
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Did the Leatherman pocket tool make it?
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Dingy/liferaft unsinkable type with oars
Abandon ship bag??
I guess that the liferaft and ditch-bag go hand in hand, as it were.. on that basis has anyone mentioned a handheld VHF (waterproof)? Not just as a backup but for eventual use on a liferaft (or mast loss), or is the EPIRB intended to fulfill that purpose?

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Maybe law on a Jedi planet.... I wouldn't go that far. Probably depends on the flag of registration. Check with your insurance, it could be an insurance requirement. It wasn't for us, and we didn't keep a log in paper.
Excuse the thread drift, but I believe a ship's radio license requires mariners on marine frequencies to log any instance where a mayday call has been heard. Isn't this an international convention?
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I guess that the liferaft and ditch-bag go hand in hand, as it were.. on that basis has anyone mentioned a handheld VHF (waterproof)? Not just as a backup but for eventual use on a liferaft (or mast loss), or is the EPIRB intended to fulfill that purpose?
Hard to chat with a rescue vessel via EPIRB.
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Hard to chat with a rescue vessel via EPIRB.
..unless you have a permenant marker and you're within throwing distance of their deck!
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