Originally Posted by medicrene
My wife and I will be taking the first leg of our circumnavigation
starting on May 3rd. I have spent two years retrofitting the boat and remain confident that she will sail well. However, I am curious about what each of you would do to prepare for such a cruise
. So here is my question for you all:
What is your Top 10 list of things to do to your boat to prepare for cruising
Rene "the Witchdoctor" Steinhauer
PS. Yes, I know we all have about 250 items that need to be done, but what are your top 10?
1) Make sure your critical systems are understood to be critical. That is, a lot of places don't have wind
, make you sure your engine
is good; a lot of places are shallow, make sure your depth
gauge is good. Have spares for when the racor
unexpectedly get loaded with a batch of bad fuel
2) Carry an extra large, preferably collapsable, anchor
but one that you can get up on deck
. Two on the bow, a small one on the stern (amazingly useful for stops for timed bridges, lunch or just getting things sorted out) plus the big one in reserve is not unwise.
3) Do a shorter shake down covering all those skills not everyone does all the time. An easy sail during the day, some night nav, anchoring
, heaving to, MOB
drill, (try that in conditions other that utterly benign but take an extra person who will just be an extra. Great motivation to stay in the boat.), reefing, etc. It's better when you do this under tougher conditions but you'll have to use your own sense of how far is too far.
Come to think of it, a lot of this has been covered by bewitched and some others, so I would go with that.